Cataract Surgery

WHAT IS A CATARACT?waterfall

A cataract is the clouding in the lens in your eye, which causes obscured vision.  People who have cataracts feel as if they are looking through a waterfall.  In fact, the word cataract in greek means “waterfall”.

We perform a minimally invasive, no-stitch cataract surgery called phacoemulsification (“phaco”) surgery. First, the eye is numbed with anesthesia. Then a tiny incision is made in the eye to make room for a small ultrasonic probe. This probe breaks up, or emulsifies, the cloudy lens into tiny pieces.

After the cloudy lens has been removed, a new artificial lens is implanted in the eye. With the recent advance of foldable IOLs (intraocular lenses), artificial lenses can be implanted through the same small incision from the phaco procedure.

Refractive Lens Implants

Using methods similar to those in cataract surgery, refractive lenses are implanted in front of (phakic intraocular) or in place of (clear lens replacement, or CLR) the eye’s natural lens. Both procedures use local anesthesia and take approximately 15-30 minutes.

Phaco Surgery

IOL in place

Clear Lens Replacement (CLR) is usually recommended to patients over 45 who wear bifocals, since it replaces the natural lens with an artificial one that cannot “accommodate” (shift focus between distant and nearby objects). Three options are available to correct for this loss:Phakic Intraocular lenses are implanted in front of the patient’s natural lens either in the anterior chamber (in front of the iris) or the posterior chamber (between the iris and natural lens). The new lens helps the patient focus better, leaving the natural lens in place allowing the patient to “accommodate,” or shift focus between distant and nearby objects. The procedure is reversible.

  • Bifocal or multifocal glasses or contact lenses.
  • Multifocal lens implants – sort of “bifocals for the brain,” multifocal lenses have several built-in correction levels which the brain chooses from for the clearest view of any given object.
  • Monovision – the eyes are adjusted so that one focuses on distant objects and the other on nearby objects.

 

 

Phakic Intraocular lenses are implanted in front of the patient’s natural lens either in the anterior chamber (in front of the iris) or the posterior chamber (between the iris and natural lens). The new lens helps the patient focus better, leaving the natural lens in place allowing the patient to “accommodate,” or shift focus between distant and nearby objects. The procedure is reversible.

 

Introducing The Next Generation of Intraocular Lenses

THE TECNIS MONOFOCAL LENS- The only lens with FDA-approval for improved functional vision and night-driving performance.

THE TECNIS MULTIFOCAL LENS”-The Tecnis Multifocal lens has helped thousands of people gain independence from glasses. This unique implantable lens has proven to provide excellent vision at all distances under all light conditions.

Please ask Dr. Spector to make a recommendation following a complete eye exam which lens is best for you.