Cataract surgeries have come a long way from being a major procedure and have become a simple outpatient surgery today. The recovery is no longer prolonged and the vision is recovered almost immediately after the surgery. One of the remarkable innovations in this stitchless surgery has been multifocal lens implant.
It is unusual for younger patients to experience vision changes from cataracts. One of the lesser known causes is Hyperferritinemia cataract syndrome, a genetic disorder that is considered extremely rare. This disorder results in early onset of cataracts and is associated with constantly elevated blood plasma and ferritin levels. Ferritin is utilized as the indicator of our iron stores in the body. It is a protein that binds to iron. Cataract is the only known complication of this disorder. It is believed that hyperferritinemia cataract syndrome (HCS) is a result of ferritin light chain or FTL gene mutation, which is inherited as an autosomal dominant trait.
Most of us start thinking of the eye doctor once we start noticing the blurring vision when we read the newspaper. Never take this lightly as you could be experiencing an early sign of cataracts. Choosing the right cataract surgeon in Michigan can be tricky unless you look for the right attributes.
Lens implants are intended to replace your natural lens with small slices of plastic that are specifically designed for the purpose. These 'intraocular lenses' are typically silicone or acrylic. Once they have been implanted you will not be able to feel them, since they are implanted inside the eye, in a spot that has no nerve endings.
Cataracts can be dectected and prevented early on.
Cataract diagnosis is usually not a very difficult problem, but it can be challenging in areas where access to a doctor isn't easy. This is true in rural areas of the United States, and in lesser developed countries.
CNN reported recently that smartphones may be the answer to this problem! A small device is attached to the phone, and the phone is held up to each eye individually. The software focuses beams of light into the eye, and the patient presses a button when the light appears faded. Next, the software analyzes the information, and provides a virtual map of the cataract in the patient's eye!
This information may be used to guide patients in their need for surgery, or to counsel them to avoid smoking or ultraviolet light. These are two of the biggest promoters of cataracts, and moderation can slow down the progression of cataracts.
Ultimately, cataract surgery is usually need
Patients frequently ask How do you choose the lens implant that is right for my eye? Are all lens implants the same? They want to know if everyone gets the same power lens, and how do we work to obtain a result that does not require glasses for our patients.
When a patient comes in for their surgical evaluation, Dr. Goldstein has a long discussion regarding an individuals goals for surgery. If they only want distance correction, then a standard lens may be selected. If they prefer to eliminate distance AND reading glasses, then an advanced technology lens must be used, such as the Crystalens implant.
Once the general category of lens is chosen, careful measurements are carried out to determine the shape, length, curvature and power of the eye. Next, a list of possible lens implants and powers is printed out. The cataract surgeon in Michigan selects the proper lens implant based on the patients wishes, the desired outcome, and the experience of the surgeon.