This article caught our attention due to the catchy title ‘The Eyes Have It”. The article is explaining how cataract surgery has changed due to technology. There are many options available now such as sophisticated corrective lenses and laser assisted surgery. Please discuss the different options that are available with your eye care professional.- MDA

Technology revolutionizes cataract surgery

Published October 13    BY HEATHER LARSON POYNER

Rapidly evolving technologies are changing the conversations people are having with their eye doctors. Particularly when it comes to the topic of cataracts.

“Ten years ago it was a very short discussion,” says local ophthalmologist Dr. I. Paul Singh. “The short answer was to have surgery that just removed the cataracts,” he said.

Today’s technology expands the conversation to include sophisticated corrective lenses implanted to replace the occluded ones, and laser-assisted surgical procedures that correct astigmatism at the time of cataract removal.

Cataracts are the clouding of the lens of the eye located behind the iris and the pupil. A clouded lens blocks light to the back of the eye, reducing the ability to see clearly. Although there are several types of cataracts, those associated with aging are called nuclear cataracts because they form in the nucleus, or central area of the lens.

Age-related changes to the eyes have many people reaching for bifocals and reading glasses, but when blurry vision persists, colors become less bright or night driving poses increasing challenges, it may be time to check for cataracts.

A diagnosis of cataracts occurs during an eye exam with an ophthalmologist, and their removal is the prescribed course of action.

Cataract surgery involves precise, multi-plane incisions into the eye to ensure a stitchless, self-sealing wound. Next, the capsule surrounding the intraocular lens is opened to gain access to the cataract. The cataract is then broken up, removed and the lens replaced.

Years ago, clouded lenses were only replaced by standard, clear lenses that did not correct vision or address astigmatism issues.

Today, patients can choose from lenses that actually move with the eye as it focuses or correct for near, middle or far distances. Patients may even choose to have different solutions for each eye.

One of the most significant innovations in corrective eye surgery has been the introduction of laser technology. At one time lasers were only used to remove post-operative cloudiness on new lenses. Today they are used to perform surgery once only done by a surgeon’s skilled hand.

Lasers came onto the healthcare scene just as personal computers found their way into homes and offices. In fact, the first surgical laser, called the excimer laser, was originally used to make computer chips.

In 1999, the FDA approved the use of surgical lasers for Laser Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis, better known as LASIK. In the past few years, the same technology that has been used to correct vision is now being applied to cataract surgery….read more:


source: Kenosha News