Cataract Cataract

 

A Cataract is a clouding of the eye's natural lens, which occurs as we age. Initially, an increase in blurred vision is the main symptom. If left untreated, cataract could eventually lead to a complete loss of vision. They cannot be prevented from forming, but early detection through regular eye exams can help maintain the clearest vision possible. Cataracts are relatively common among adults older than 55 years of age. In fact, half of all Americans have them—or have had cataract surgery—by age 80. In other words, if you live long enough, you will likely develop cataracts.

In many cases, surgery is used to clear up cataracts and help restore vision. The only way to treat a visually significant cataract is through cataract surgery. Modern- day cataract surgery makes use of a vast array of high-tech equipment and surgical techniques, and our doctors utilize the latest advancements. Cataract surgery is now an outpatient procedure, and is designed to be comfortable and offer a quick recovery.

Cataract Symptoms:

  • Blurred or cloudy vision
  • Colors appear faded or dull
  • Lamps such as headlights or streetlights have glare or halos; sunlight may appear too bright
  • Poor night vision
  • Double or multiple vision in one eye; this effect may disappear as the cataract grows

Important Note: These symptoms are not specific for cataract. Other potentially blinding diseases can cause similar symptoms. A complete eye exam is necessary to find the correct problem so that it can be treated properly.

Cataract Surgery

The Physicians at Eye Specialists of Louisiana are highly skilled professionals who utilize the latest advances in vision correction technology to provide cataracts sufferers with relief from their vision impairment. They are able to remove cataracts and replace damaged lenses with revolutionary new lens implants. The new and advanced forms of lens replacement are called multi-focal implants. These advanced technology IOL’s provide excellent distance vision and allow you to focus on near objects as well, reducing the need for glasses following cataract surgery.

There are currently three multi-focal IOL’s offered by Eye Specialists of Louisiana. We utilize the new IntraOcular Lenses, such as Crystalens®, ReStor® and Technis® to perform cataract surgery for patients in the Greater Baton Rouge Region.

Crystalens®

The first, and currently the only, true accommodating IntraOcular Lens. This means that the lens is able to respond to muscles in the eye and modify in the same way as the eye’s natural lens adjusts for near, intermediate and distance vision. The lens was modeled after the human eye, such that the muscles of the eye flex the Crystalens to focus on objects in the environment at all distances. An eye assessment by our staff will allow us to diagnose whether you are a qualified candidate for the Cystalens.

ReStor®

A stationary implant that uses an apodized surface to gradually blend the focusing power along the entire lens surface, creating an even transition of light between the near, intermediate, and distant focal points. The implant allows patients to see clearly in a range of lighting conditions and at all distances. An eye assessment by our staff will allow us to diagnose whether you are a qualified candidate for the ReStor®.

TECNIS®

The Tecnis lens is another multifocal lens that, in some patients, gives a broader range of near vision than other multifocals. Designed to help you regain younger vision and be free of glasses, the TECNIS® Multifocal Lens can provide you with high-quality vision at all distances and in all lighting conditions—even in dim light. An eye assessment by our staff will allow us to diagnose whether you are a qualified candidate for the TECNIS®.