Options at Cleveland Eye Clinic
Today, patients have more treatment choices than ever before. Some of the newer advancements in cataract surgery can help a patient with their overall eyesight issues such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia (the loss of ability to change focus from distance vision to reading vision.) Cataract patients now have the opportunity to fundamentally correct their eyes and their vision, improving their quality of vision to better than ever before. These newer treatment options may provide a greater overall quality of vision and a better quality of life. Ask us about our Concierge Cataract Surgery Program!
The first thing that needs to be determined with a patient is if the procedure will be laser assisted or not. In most cases, this will be an option presented to the patient and the doctor will help the patient understand and make a decision. Some patients will not have options in their technology choices- it depends on the circumstances of the patient. The best way to understand your options is to have an appointment with a Cleveland Eye Clinic doctor.
Laser assisted cataract procedures add precision and customization to the process. This type of procedure is recommended for most patients and can give a patient a better visual outcome in many cases.
Basic Cataract Surgery – Cataract Surgery in Cleveland, Ohio
With basic cataract surgery, the cloudy crystalline lens is removed and replaced with a standard intraocular lens. This procedure will relieve the symptoms of cataracts, such as a glare and blurry vision. However, the standard lens will not necessarily make the patient independent of prescription glasses. Most private insurances and medicare plans will cover this procedure.
The Cataract Surgery Process
After the proper anesthesia and numbing of the eye your cataract surgeon will be to small a small incision in your eye about 3mm wide. Modern day cataract surgery is also called micro-surgery because the incision sizes have become so small. Once the incision is made the cataract surgeon will insert a probe to break up the cloudy cataract and then remove the material. A suction tube will remove all of the loose debris and the capsular bag is prepared for the artificial IOL implant. The foldable IOL is then inserted through a tube and then unfolds once in place. Intraocular lenses will have haptics and “lens arms” to hold it in place. With the cataract removed and the IOL in place, light can once again travel unimpeded to the back of the eye and focus on the retina where the image is interpreted and transmitted to the brain. . The end result is clear youthful vision.
Custom Cataract Surgery
The Custom Cataract approach gives the patient the opportunity to obtain better quality vision than Standard Cataract Surgery. This approach can minimize the need for prescription eyeglasses for distance vision. In most cases, reading glasses will still be necessary after surgery. This particular type of surgery requires an extensive pre-surgery examination that helps the surgeon to determine how to address specific conditions such as astigmatism.
- Corneal Astigmatism can be addressed with special surgical techniques, or with the use of a special intraocular lens known as a toric lens.
- The Cleveland Eye Clinic doctors use the catalys laser cataract system in their custom cataract procedures.
- The Cleveland Eye Clinic surgeons use the ORA system intraoperative aberrometer in their custom cataract surgeries. The ORA system assists the eye surgeons at the time of surgery by helping the surgeon make the most accurate choices for the lens power and astigmatism correction.
NOTE* Because a Custom Cataract Surgery requires a more advanced lens as well as more sophisticated pre-operative testing, there are out-of-pocket expenses associated with this approach that are not covered by insurance or medicare.
Lifestyle Cataract Surgery
Lifestyle Cataract Surgery provides the greatest range of vision. This approach involves using a specialized “multifocal” or “accommodative” intraocular lens. Some of the current Lifestyle Lenses include ReSTOR, Tecnis IOL, and the Crystalens. Your doctor will be able to chose the right type of lens for you depending on your needs.
Patients who choose Lifestyle Cataract Surgery will significantly reduce their need for glasses for near and distance vision, and can do functional close work without reading glasses. Many still prefer reading glasses for extensive close-up work or for looking at very fine detail. The Cleveland Eye Clinic surgeons use the ORA system intraoperative aberrometer in their lifestyle cataract surgeries. The ORA system assists the eye surgeons at the time of surgery by helping the surgeon make the most accurate choices for the lens power and astigmatism correction.
Because a Lifestyle Cataract Surgery requires a more advanced lens as well as more sophisticated pre-operative testing, there are out-of-pocket expenses associated with this approach that are not covered by insurance of medicare.