Cataracts are quite common and usually age related. A cataract is an eye disease that causes the normally clear lens of the eye to become cloudy, which results in a decrease in vision. It is incredibly common to live with a cataract for years before experiencing symptoms. Symptoms of a cataract include cloudy vision, blurry vision, dim vision, an increased difficulty seeing at night, sensitivity to light, double vision, glare, frequent changes in your eye prescriptions, halos, and colors that seem faded. These symptoms can make essential everyday tasks, such as driving, using a computer, and even reading, extremely difficult. The only treatment for cataracts is to remove the clouded lens permanently through surgery.
The technology for replacing the natural lens of the eye has become increasingly sophisticated over the past few years. Because of the advancements in intraocular lenses (IOLs), Detroit LASIK specialist William Goldstein is able to restore the vision of cataract patients and, in many cases, make it sharper and clearer than ever before. IOLs of the past could only restore vision at a single distance. Distance vision was usually chosen, which meant near and middle vision correction had to be achieved through eyeglasses. Fortunately, modern multifocal IOLs allow patients to see clearly at all distances: near, middle, and far. Our Detroit intraocular lens implants are of the highest quality. Because of this, many patients no longer require the aid of eyeglasses or contact lenses after being fitted with IOLs. Through cataract surgery and the placement of IOLs, you can see the world around you clearly once again.
IOL Placement after Cataract Surgery
Once the cloudy lens of the eye has been removed, an IOL may be implanted. Dr. William Goldstein’s preferred IOLs are AcrySof ReSTOR® and Crystalens®. During your comprehensive examination, Dr. Will Goldstein will go over the benefits and risks of each of the different IOLs. Your individual needs will determine which IOL is best suited to your unique eyes.
AcrySof ReSTOR® and Crystalens®
AcrySof ReSTOR® multifocal intraocular lenses effectively restore vision at all distances. ReSTOR® is made of a soft acrylic that can easily be folded to fit through minute incisions made in the surface of the eye. In addition to replacing the eye’s natural lens after cataract surgery, ReSTOR® can also be used in the treatment of presbyopia. Presbyopia occurs when the natural lens of the eye becomes harder and less flexible as a result of aging. Because of this, close-up vision becomes blurry. Fortunately, ReSTOR® allows cataract patients who are also suffering from presbyopia to correct both conditions with a single surgical procedure.
The Crystalens® accommodating IOL was modeled after the human eye, and works with the eye’s muscles to provide excellent focus at all distances. Crystalens® can also be used in the treatment of presbyopia. After the placement of Crystalens® IOLs the vast majority of patients no longer require eyeglasses. Another benefit of Crystalens® IOLs is that the risk of developing halos and glare after surgery is quite small.
Contact Laser Eye Care Center Today
To learn more about IOL placement after cataract surgery, or to schedule a personal consultation, please contact Dr. William Goldstein today. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have.