If you are considering cataract surgery, you aren’t alone. About 3 million Americans undergo the procedure each year. Cataracts are among the most common eye conditions affecting older adults today with an estimated 20.5 million of those over the age of 40 suffering from them to some degree. The condition, which causes clouding of the eye’s lens, develops slowly over time, but eventually, surgical intervention will be necessary for most to see clearly again.
When the time for surgery does come, there are a few factors that you’ll want to consider to ensure that you’re making the right decision for your particular situation. As is the case with any medical condition, each case is unique and not all available treatment options will be appropriate for every patient. For cataract patients, choices in lenses and surgical method are among the three main considerations that should be made before reaching a final decision:
Type of Intraocular Lens
Intraocular lenses (IOLs) mean that patients who undergo cataract surgery no longer have to rely on thick, troublesome glasses or contact lenses after their procedure. Today, ophthalmologists are able to completely replace the eye’s damaged lens with revolutionary new implants. For patients at Eye Specialists of Louisiana, the options include several advanced technology premium lenses like the 3 multi-focal lenses: Crystalens, ReStor, and TECNIS. Unlike traditional monofocal lenses which help with distance vision, these multi-focal options afford patients the ability to see clearly in a range of lighting conditions and at all distances. Another premium option is the Toric lens which corrects astigmatism in those patients affected by this condition. These advanced lenses can be used in conjunction with modern surgical techniques to not only eliminate the hazy cataract, but also get rid of the patient's need for glasses.
Traditional vs. Laser Cataract Surgery
For decades, traditional cataract surgery has been performed with increasingly desirable results, thanks in part to advancements in lens options. Currently, 99.5 percent of patients report no severe postoperative complications, with 98 percent of surgeries being considered a complete success. However, advancements in technology may offer even greater accuracy and outcomes with the introduction of laser surgery options. Similar to LASIK advancements, the use of lasers for cataract removal and new lens implants can mean quicker, more comfortable procedures and the possibility of even greater precision. In Baton Rouge, patients have this option at Eye Specialists of Louisiana with LenSx, the first FDA approved laser for use in cataract surgery.
Who Should Perform Your Cataract Surgery?
More important even that the type of lens or style of surgery to be used is the surgeon who will perform it. It’s important to find a skilled ophthalmologist who not only has a long track record of success with your chosen procedure, but one who will also make you feel comfortable and thoroughly cover all options and possible outcomes. Additionally, you will likely want to find a practice that embraces both proven, traditional tactics for cataract correction, as well as the latest in technological advancements for the best results possible. Finding your ideal physician should mean that you are not only confident in their abilities, but that they are also able to offer you the most suitable surgical option for your needs.
Undoubtedly, life with cataracts becomes increasingly difficult over time. As the condition worsens, you will likely find yourself revisiting the possibility of surgery and researching your various options. Fortunately, the many advancements in technology and the skill of qualified surgeons make this procedure highly successful, and new advancements mean that it will only continue to improve.
If you are currently considering cataract surgery and would like to learn more about all available options, contact our office to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced surgeons. At Eye Specialists of Louisiana, you will not only find a multitude of surgical options to fit your needs, but a caring staff and doctors to help guide you through the process. Simply click here to request your appointment, or call us directly at (225) 768-7777.