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What’s new in cataract surgery?

Cataract surgery is a quick and painless procedure. It is done as an outpatient in a hospital or surgical center. Our doctors generally we do not need to use shots around the eye, stitches or patches afterward. While the procedure gets quicker and safer all the time, the newest advancements in cataract surgery involve the types of implants inserted at the time of surgery.

During cataract surgery, the natural lens is liquefied with a tiny ultrasound machine and removed with gentle suction.  We then insert a small plastic implant to restore your vision.  Without an implant, you would require thick glasses or contact lenses after surgery as was done 20 or more years ago.  We have long been able to correct distance vision with these implants using a Standard implant, but now can correct for astigmatism with Toric implants and even for reading with Multi-focal implants.

Which implant is right for you depends on your eyes and your visual needs.  If you don’t have significant astigmatism (your eye is round like a football) then you are a candidate for the Multi-focal implants.  They allow you to see close-up for reading, far-away for driving and intermediate for computers.  They give you the best all around vision without glasses after cataract surgery.
If you do have considerable astigmatism, meaning that the surface of your eyes is curved like a football, then the use of a Toric implant could improve your distance vision without glasses after surgery.  You would still need glasses for reading but may be able to get by with drug store readers.
Standard, Toric or Multi-focal lens implants – which is right for you? We will help you make this important decision at the time of your cataract consultation. Remember you only have cataract surgery once so you want to consider your choices carefully.

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