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Top 3 Things to Consider Before Cataract Surgery

Posted by Eye Specialists of Louisiana on Wed, Dec 12, 2018 @ 12:13 PM

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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.

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Cataract Lens Options for Baton Rouge Patients

Posted by Eye Specialists of Louisiana on Wed, Jul 19, 2017 @ 03:04 PM

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If you are suffering from cataracts, you’ve probably realized just how common the condition is.  Odds are, you have friends or relatives around your same age who are also dealing with cataracts and the resulting vision impairments.  Some may have even undergone surgery to replace the diseased lens of the eye and help correct their eyesight, and now you may be considering doing the same.

From recovery to results to cost, by this point, you have probably heard a lot about what to expect from surgery.  However, what you may not have heard are all of your options.  Cataract surgery comes with a lot of choices, all of which should be discussed with you by your physician. Among these are whether or not to use laser technology or to take advantage of dropless cataract surgery and, perhaps most importantly, which type of replacement lens will be used.

Cataract lenses come in many different types with varying levels of capabilities, from standard intraocular lenses (IOLs) to those which may also correct nearsightedness or astigmatism.  These are known as premium or upgraded lenses, and while they may offer desirable results, they also come with an increased price tag, giving patients much to consider.


Cataract Surgery Lens Options

There are many brands of IOLs available for use in cataract surgery.  However, each one will fall into one of four main categories:

  • Monofocal IOLs:
    • Most commonly used
    • Only has one focusing distance. Patients can choose whether their monofocal IOLs focus on objects up close or far away.
    • Patients may also choose to have a distance vision monofocal IOL in one eye and a near vision monofocal IOL in the other
    • Typically covered by Medicare
  • Accommodating and Multifocal IOLs:
    • Help you see clearly at all distances without using glasses or contacts.
    • Provide better near vision than monofocal IOLs.
    • Accommodating lenses are designed with “legs” which allow the IOL to adjust with the eye for clear vision.
  • Toric IOLs:
    • Help correct astigmatism, nearsightedness, and farsightedness.
    • Usually recommended for those suffering from corneal astigmatism.

Your choice of intraocular lens for your cataract surgery should be a matter of thorough consideration.  Speak with your surgeon about which option he believes is best for you, while also taking into account your own thoughts and the associated costs.  Premium IOLs are fantastic.  However, they are not necessary if you find them to be cost-prohibitive.  In the end, no matter which lens you select, you can rest assured that your post-operative vision will be greatly improved.

To learn more about the many cataract lens and surgical options available to you, contact Eye Specialists of Louisiana.  We pride ourselves on giving patients all the pertinent details and working together to make the decision that is right for you. 

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Baton Rouge Ophthalmologist Addresses Dropless Cataract Surgery Concerns

Posted by Thomas Stuckey on Mon, Mar 27, 2017 @ 05:31 PM

Baton Rouge Ophthalmologist Addresses Dropless Cataract Surgery Concerns.jpegAre you among the 90 percent of Americans over the age of 65 who is currently suffering from cataracts? While they may not impede your vision now, cataracts can cause visual impairment, which—if left untreated—will only worsen over time. Therefore, we recommend cataract removal at the first sign of significant cataract development. With the perpetual advancements made in vision medicine, cataract removal is one of the safest surgical procedures currently performed. But we understand your hesitation.

That’s why we’ve written this short blog to address any fears or concerns you may have regarding our newest cataract surgery option: dropless cataract surgery.

Let’s get started. 

How does dropless cataract surgery differ from other cataract removal procedures?

Dropless cataract surgery shares many of the same elements as other cataract removal procedures. After your eyes are numbed, an eye surgeon surgically removes your clouded lenses and replaces them with clear, artificial lenses. The real difference is in the recovery. After removing the cataracts but while your eyes are still numbed, your surgeon injects two separate medications into your eye. These injected medications prevent inflammation and infection while also eliminating the post-surgery prescription eye drop regimen (and those additional expenses).

How successful is cataract surgery?

With over 3 million procedures performed each year, cataract surgery has a success rate of 98% or higher! When you choose dropless cataract surgery, you can enjoy this incredible success rate without the burden of an eyedrop recovery regimen. In fact, dropless cataract surgery has been shown to reduce both the cost of post-op care, as well as the rate of infection, such as post-op endophthalmitis.

Are the injections used in dropless cataract surgery safe?

Although dropless cataract surgery has been around in other parts of the US and Europe for around 10 years, recent research has strongly supported the safety of the technique.  This research is what led Eye Specialists of Louisiana to decide that the time was right to implement it.  It has been conclusively shown that antibiotic injection during cataract surgery is not only safe, but it is more effective at reducing infection rates than using antibiotic drops post-surgery.  There have been no reports of toxic effects from injecting moxifloxacin (our antibiotic of choice) into the eye.  Similarly, injection of steroid under the outer layer of the eye has been proven to be almost identical in action as using steroid drops with no added risk.

What are the potential side effects of dropless cataract surgery?

Dropless cataract surgery is a safe and effective procedure which eliminates cataracts and reduces recovery costs and effort with its in-procedure injections. Potential mild side effects are generally the same as standard cataract surgery – slight irritation and blur for a day or so.  However, with dropless surgery the patient may experience swelling and redness on the eye surface where the medications were injected.  This does not affect vision and resolves in a few days.  In some cases, patients have experienced a rise in IOP (intraocular pressure), retinal swelling or rebound inflammation.  Again, these possibilities exist whether using drops or doing dropless. Your eye surgeon will watch for these during the post-operative period and can treat them if they occur.  They respond well to treatment and it is very rare for them to be a long-term issue.

Am I eligible for dropless cataract surgery?

Patients who suffer from glaucoma, are steroid responders, have retinal disease, have a history of ocular inflammation, or are allergic to any component of the injections may not be good candidates for dropless cataract surgery. In order to determine your eligibility for dropless cataract surgery, schedule a consultation with your Baton Rouge cataract specialist today.

If you are suffering from symptoms of cataracts or have been told that you need cataract surgery, it’s time to request a consultation at Eye Specialists of Louisiana.  Our ophthalmologists have been bringing Baton Rouge the latest in cutting-edge eye surgery for over 20 years, and we are proud to be the pioneers of dropless cataract surgery in the region.  Our operating rooms are the most advanced in the Baton Rouge area, including the use of the LenSx laser cataract removal system, the ORA intraoperative aberrometer, and the Verion eye tracking system.    

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Dropless Cataract Surgery in Baton Rouge: What Patients Need to Know

Posted by Eye Specialists of Louisiana on Sat, Feb 25, 2017 @ 01:23 PM

dropless cataract surgeryThere are a lot of changes that come with age, many of which are simply unavoidable.  Without doubt, wrinkles will emerge, hair will begin to gray, and eyesight will start to falter.  Even with perfect vision your entire life, there will likely come a time when reading glasses are a necessity, or if you are like 90 percent of adults over 65, cataracts may become a factor.   And, while cataracts may not cause visual interference for many more years, the fact remains that most will eventually need to address this visual impairment.

What is Dropless Cataract Surgery?

Over the past few decades, cataract surgery has been refined to one of medicine’s safest and most effective surgical procedures.  In fact, over 3 million are performed each year with an incredible success rate of 98 percent or higher.  Such results may make it seem difficult to advance further, but there is always room for improvement.  First, bladeless cataract surgery allowed surgeons greater precision with its laser incision flap creation and 3D imaging capabilities.  And now, dropless cataract surgery has offered the next advancement in patient satisfaction and comfort.

In the past, cataract surgery has always required the extensive use of eye drops to protect patients from infection and inflammation.  Typically, prescription eye drop use consists of multiple drops, administered up to four times daily from two days before surgery to weeks after.  However, in the case of dropless cataract surgery, patients have the potential to eliminate all of these. 

During a dropless cataract procedure, our ophthalmologists inject two separate medications.  The first is the antibiotic, moxifloxacin, injected directly into the eye.  This is followed by the anti-inflammatory, triamcinolone, which is injected underneath the outer skin of the eye.  Once in place, these medications will remain, being slowly absorbed over the course of the following month, virtually eliminating the need for prescription eye drops.

What are the Benefits of Dropless Cataract Surgery?

With just a simple change in the administration of medication, patients can reap incredible benefits, including:

  • Cost Savings – The prescription eye drops typically required for pre- and post-operative care can equal a cost of hundreds of dollars. With the option of dropless, most patients will be able to eliminate these costs entirely.
  • Convenience – The fact is that many patients forget their drops at some point in time, others stop them early, and some must rely on friends or family members to help them administer their drops. These factors all add up to a major lack of convenience that can now be easily avoided.
  • Lower Rate of Infection – When patients forget their drops or find themselves unable to use them without aid, the medication’s efficacy against infection may wane. While still open for debate, research has indicated that dropless cataract surgery can combat this, resulting in fewer occurrences of post-op endophthalmitis, a severe infection that occurs inside the eye.
  • Easily Combined with any Form of Cataract Surgery – There are many selections when it comes to cataract surgery. Will you choose traditional or bladeless?  Which type of lens will you prefer?  Whatever you decide, dropless can be easily incorporated as part of your procedure.

If you or a loved one are suffering from cataracts or have been told that you need cataract surgery, request a consultation at Eye Specialists of Louisiana.  Our ophthalmologists have been bringing Baton Rouge the latest in cutting edge eye surgery for over 20 years, and that now includes the option to make your cataract procedure dropless.   

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Laser Cataract Surgery: The Clear Choice for Baton Rouge

Posted by Thomas Stuckey on Tue, Jul 12, 2016 @ 04:53 PM

Laser_Cataract_Surgery_The_Clear_Choice_for_Baton_Rouge.jpegSince Dr. Jacques Daviel first successfully extracted cataracts in 1747, extracapsular cataract extraction surgery has been performed safely and effectively by ophthalmologists. In the more than 200 years since, numerous advances have been made. The inclusion of femtosecond laser technology in cataract extraction brings new levels of safety, accuracy, and predictability to the table.

Heightened Accuracy: Using laser technology in cataract refractive procedures allows for precise, customizable incision architecture, versatile cataract fragmentation, and efficient patient interface. All of these aspects result in enhanced procedural automation, which allows for greater speed and quicker recovery.

Speedy Procedure: Femtosecond lasers operate at the astounding speed of one quadrillionth of a second. This incredible speed along with the accuracy of 3D visualization, allows for a 51% reduction in surgical time. So you can get back on your feet more quickly. 

Quicker Recovery: Using femtosecond technology allows your eye surgeon to soften, break up, and remove your cataracts gently and with 10x more accuracy than if performed by hand. This accuracy—along with the significantly reduced usage of ultrasound energy—is beneficial for a quicker visual recovery.

As the first femtosecond laser system to be granted FDA approval for utilization in cataract surgery, the LenSx system can be safely and effectively used in corneal incisions, capsulotomies, and lens fragmentation. In fact, LenSx has been used successfully in more than 400,000 cataract refractive operations.

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.

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