What's new in cataract surgery?
Cataract surgery today is a quick and painless procedure, taking less than 20 minutes. The procedure is done as an outpatient in either a hospital or surgical center. Cataract surgery at Madison Medical Eye Care is generally done without the need for 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 in order to see clearly, as was the case in the past. 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.
- If you don't like wearing glasses, then you are an ideal 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. These lenses are now available whether or not you have astigmatism.
- 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.
- Contact us for more information.