This article is talking about new procedures for  cataract surgery. The new laser that is used during surgery is more precise. This  new procedure can save your vision. Some of the risks of cataract surgery can include inflection, hemorrhage, loss of vision and the need for other surgeries. The benefit would be to improve the vision or diminish the amount of glare.-MDA

By S. Derrickson Moore

LAS CRUCES >> What looks like an abstract or Impressionist painting to you is really a sharply focused photograph. Your vision seems to be getting blurrier, even with glasses or contacts that once seemed fine. Bright lights make things worse, and you’re having doubts about driving at night. Your problem might be cataracts.

Cataracts, a clouding of the eye’s natural lens, behind the iris and the pupil, are “the most common cause of vision loss in people over age 40 and the principal cause of blindness in the world. In fact, there are more cases of cataracts worldwide than there are of glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy combined,” according to Prevent Blindness America, an organization that states that cataracts currently affect more than 22 million Americans aged 40 and older and predicts that more than 30 million Americans are expected to have cataracts by the year 2020, according to the website allaboutvision.com. Dr. Edward Hernandez speaks with patient Elise Luna at his office in Las Cruces during an eye exam. (Carlos Javier Sanchez Sun-News) “Fortunately, cataracts are treatable,” said Edward V. Hernandez, MD., owner and president of Eyes of the Southwest, 2810 N. Telshor Blvd. He has practiced ophthalmology in Las Cruces for more than 15 years.

On Oct. 29, he began offering new options to help those suffering from cataracts. “It’s a new procedure, Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery, or FLACS, and our office will be the first one in the state of New Mexico to offer this exciting new laser procedure. It’s more precise, done without scalpels or blades and can get rid of certain degrees of astigmatism. The laser also will soften the cataract to allow easier removal and add more precision than with our current techniques,” Dr. Hernandez said. Various websites report rates of successful cataract procedures are very high, but Hernandez said caution is still indicated and patients should be aware of risks and use care in selecting a surgeon and should carefully discuss options, specific procedures, recovery and expectations for successful outcomes. Dr. Edward Hernandez examines Juanita Gould at his office in Las Cruces. (Carlos Javier Sanchez Sun-News)

“Even though the success rate of uncomplicated cataract surgery is greater than 95 percent, no surgeon can guarantee success. Some of the risks of cataract surgery can include inflection, hemorrhage, loss of vision and the need for other surgeries. The benefit would be to improve the vision or diminish the amount of glare. The options to cataract surgery are simply now, later or never. The expertise and experience of the surgeon you choose is vital in providing for the best visual correction and outcome,” Hernandez writes in and advertorial, “The Art and Elegance of Cataract Surgery.”

The Mayo Clinic’s website defines cataract surgery as “a procedure to remove the lens of your eye and, in most cases, replace it with an artificial lens. Cataract surgery is used to treat the clouding of the normally clear lens of your eye (cataract). Dr. Edward Hernandez examines Juanita Gould at his office in Las Cruces. (Carlos Javier Sanchez Sun-News) “Cataract surgery is performed by an eye doctor (ophthalmologist) on an outpatient basis, which means you don’t have to stay in the hospital after the surgery. Cataract surgery is very common and is generally a safe procedure,” according to mayoclinic.org. Kathy Spriggs of Las Cruces said her mother Myrna Blann experienced a cascade of catastrophes when she had cataract surgery last year. It was discovered that my mom got a serious bacterial infection during surgery, that was munching on her eye and headed for her brain. Now my 82-year-old mother, who was healthy and takes good care of herself, is very fragile and legally blind…… read more: http://www.lcsun-news.com/las_cruces-news/ci_26836963/cataracts-are-common-and-surgery-can-save-your

 

Source: Las Cruces Sun News  

 

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