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About Cataract Surgery

Cataracts are classified as a clouding of the eye's natural lens. Cataracts usually occur in people over the age of 55, but in rare cases, it may occur in infants and young children. Our cataract surgeons at Nevada Eye Physicians provide both traditional and laser surgical procedures to remove and correct cataracts. They also use the placement of premium lens implants to restore vision during a surgical cataract revision procedure. During a consultation at one of our Nevada facilities, an experienced surgeon will be able to discuss with you the benefits of each surgical procedure, and also determine which implant may be best for your needs. To schedule a consultation, contact Nevada Eye Physicians today. 

Traditional Surgery

Traditional cataract surgery involves a small incision that is make on the side of the cornea. The surgeon will then insert an instrument to create an opening in the lens capsule of the eye. Then a probe is used to break up the cloudy center of the lens and the broken pieces are then suctioned out of the eye. An intraocular lens may then be used to replace the natural lens before the area is filled with a special self-seal liquid. As one of the most common eye procedure, traditional cataract surgery is proven to be safe and effective, but it may require more downtime than a laser-assisted cataract surgery. During your consultation at Nevada Eye Physicians, your cataract surgeon will discuss with you the benefits of a traditional cataract surgery to help decide if it may be a good course of treatment for your specific needs and requirements. 

Laser Surgery

Nevada Eye Physicians cataract surgeons perform micro-incision cataract surgery (MICS), which allows for the removal of the cataract through microscopic incisions of two millimeters or less. Due to the small incision size, treatment commonly involves no needles or stitches for the procedure. Typically, most patients are able to return to work and regular activities the day following their procedure. At Nevada Eye Physicians, we combine this MICS technique with the LENSAR laser technology to removal cataracts with a less invasive method than traditional cataract surgery. The LENSAR laser system provides a high-resolution, 3D image of your eye to allow the surgeon to better tailor your procedure to your specific needs. It can also allow for more precise premium lens implants for improved visual outcomes. With quicker healing times and the reduction of astigmatism, laser cataract surgery may be the best available treatment option for you. 

Premium Lens Implants

The artificial replacement lens used to replace your cataracts is called an intraocular lens (IOL). These IOLs are very small, highly advanced medical devices that are designed to emulate your natural lens. Different types of implantable lenses are designed to meet your specific eye health and lifestyle requirements, so be sure to talk to your cataract surgeon at Nevada Eye Physicians about which lens is right for you.

MonoFocal Lens Implants

When you first hear about cataract lens implants, most people think of the traditional monofocal lens implant. These implants work very well for correcting vision at one distance. Monofocal lens implants have been around since the origin of modern-day cataract surgery and the creation of phacoemulsification. Upon the improvement of cataract surgery, the original lenses used to replace the natural crystaline lens were monofocal in nature. Monofocal lens implants work when light enters the actual lens and it is bent to a specific focal point. As the power of the monofocal lens becomes stronger, its ability to bend light more sharply is increased. The lens is monofocal, which means the light can only be bent to one focus point at a time. The light from these lenses is bent to focus specifically on the retina of the eye.

Multifocal lens implants

While some lenses are used to see clearly at a distance after cataract surgery, multifocal and accommodating lenses are specially designed to combat the effects of presbyopia for clear distance vision plus a full range of intermediate and near vision, reducing the need for corrective lenses or even reading glasses. For example, the TECNIS multifocal lens is intended to provide improved vision during a range of light conditions, including low light situations, such as driving at night and reading in dimly lit areas. For people who are active and find wearing glasses inconvenient, the multifocal lens can be the optimal choice.

Toric Lens Implants

A toric lens implant can help to correct astigmatism and create clearer vision with a minimized need for eyeglasses for distance vision. Your cataract surgeon may recommend toric IOL to allow you to see clearly and reduce astigmatism after surgery. However, individuals may still need glasses to for optimal near vision clarity.  

Accommodating Lens Implants

If you are interested in a lens implant that will minimize your need for glasses after cataract surgery, ask about accommodating intraocular lens, which can focus at various distances. This often allows for distance and near vision without corrective lenses. The accommodating intraocular lens has the ability to shift position in the eye and change focus points, just as your natural lens did when you were young. This IOL may be a good fit for people who choose to minimize their dependence from glasses but also suffer from macular or other eye disease.

What to Expect

After your surgery, you will be given specific aftercare instructions on how to care for your eyes. We can also show you how to best use eye drops as this will be required for proper healing. It is really important to not touch, rub, scratch, or press on your eye. Wearing a protective shield may be required at all times while your eye is healing.

There will be more aftercare instructions based on your customized treatment at the appointment. Please keep all follow-up appointments and call our office if you have any questions regarding your procedure.

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Cataracts can greatly affect your vision and in some cases, cause blindness. Thankfully through cataract surgery at Nevada Eye Physicians, cataracts can be removed from the eye to restore vision. Contact one of our nine Nevada locations today to schedule your surgical consultation today. 

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