Are you experiencing cloudiness or blurriness in your vision?
Is it more difficult to read print than it used to be?
Are vivid colors duller than they were when you were younger?
Are you struggling to see well enough at night to drive comfortably?
You may be experiencing the beginning stages of cataracts. And you DEFINITELY don’t want to waste your prime years with cloudy vision. Right?
ICON Eyecare, a Center of Excellence, is here to help.
Ophthalmic surgery, by its nature, requires the utmost precision. Thanks to new advancements in technology, laser cataract surgery now offers a more precise and pleasant option for patients.
While traditional cataract removal is done by hand, ICON Eyecare is proud to be one of the innovative practices leading the way by offering our patients the option of laser-assisted cataract surgery using the Catalys platform. It is a precise way to perform cataract surgery, and it is designed to increase patient comfort and reduce procedure time. This approach is part of our continued commitment to provide the most precise results to help our patients get back to quality of life.
Cataract Eye Surgery: Traditional vs Laser
Catalys Precision Laser Cataract Surgery
The Catalys combines a femtosecond laser (like the laser used in blade-free LASIK Surgery), real-time three-dimensional imaging, and sophisticated software that make the procedure highly customized, gentler, and significantly more precise than manual surgery. The laser’s precision also allows the surgeon to correct astigmatism during cataract surgery.
In blade-free laser cataract surgery, your doctor uses a laser to enter the eye and break up the cataract for removal. Laser technology enables precision performance while minimizing the use of ultrasound to break up the cataract. This modern approach decreases eye irritation and inflammation, which are common side effects of traditional cataract procedures.
Premium LifeStyle Lens Options
After the clouded natural lens of the eye is removed in laser-assisted cataract surgery, it is replaced with an intraocular lens (IOL), also called a LifeStyle lens. You can choose your LifeStyle lens based on your individual vision needs. Standard LifeStyle lenses, also called single-focus IOLs, correct near or distance vision, while monovision LifeStyle lenses correct distance in one eye and near vision in the other.
Multifocal LifeStyle lenses correct for both, eliminating the need for glasses, while toric LifeStyle lenses are specifically made to correct astigmatism. The trained eye care providers at ICON Eyecare will help you choose an intraocular lens that fits your lifestyle.
Cataract Surgery Key Benefits
Laser assisted cataract surgery offers many benefits not found with traditional cataract surgery.
- Laser cataract surgery is a highly customized procedure using advanced 3D imaging
- Used in conjunction with premium LifeStyle lenses, also known as intraocular lenses (IOLs), to give the best possible vision
- A treatment with little or no discomfort
- A precise cataract treatment
- Gentler and easier cataract removal
- Generally, a more rapid recovery of vision due to reduced inflammation
The Catalys laser is a premium enhanced procedure not covered by Medicare and other insurances, and will require an out-of-pocket cost. You will receive specific information on the cost of the procedure during the surgery counseling process from the experienced eye care staff at ICON Eyecare in order to provide the best customized treatment plan for you.
Inevitably, cataracts are part of getting older. But thanks to amazing advances in lens exchange procedures, they don’t have to slow you down!
ICON Eyecare offers a variety of LifeStyle Lens procedures for patients who live active lifestyles and want to reduce or eliminate the need to wear glasses or bifocals.
With ICON’s LifeStyle Lenses, we are able to customize each procedure according to the way you use your vision the majority of the time. And this procedure is catered to your individual hobbies and interests.
Whether you love to golf, hike, swim, play with your grandchildren or enjoy a good book,
we have a procedure that is tailor-made for you.
ICON Eyecare offers the latest options in lens technology. Each of these lenses was produced to help maximize your independence from glasses after cataract surgery. This provides additional options other than the standard monofocal lens covered by health insurance.
LifeStyle Lenses: Overview
Symfony LifeStyle Lenses
The Tecnis Symfony is an FDA-approved lens that not only provides clear vision but corrects presbyopia, an age-related condition that causes farsightedness. A toric version of the Symfony Lens has also been approved for patients with astigmatism.
The Symfony lens has been specially designed to prevent some of the more common complications of older lenses, in which the ability to focus is diminished. Clinical studies of the Symfony lens have also shown lower incidences of halo and glare.
Multifocal LifeStyle Lenses
The experienced eye surgeons at ICON Eyecare use the latest technology, including the Tecnis Multifocal LifeStyle Lenses because of its proven clinical results when compared to other multifocal implants.
Nearly 9 out of 10 patients do not need glasses after cataract surgery with Tecnis Multifocal lenses and 94% of patients say they would choose this LifeStyle Lens option again. The Tecnis lens performed above other multifocal implants in visual quality, glare and ability to see in low lighting conditions.
Tecnis Multifocal LifeStyle Lenses have a diffractive, aspheric design that focuses light from distance, intermediate and near to greatly reduce or eliminate the need for glasses. Like wearing bifocals, there is a short adjustment period where the brain learns how to use the new optical system effectively.
Your ICON Eyecare doctor will discuss your LifeStyle Lens options and if you are a candidate for a multifocal LifeStyle Lens. Together, we will help you select the best lens for your needs.
Toric LifeStyle Lenses
Toric LifeStyle Lenses correct astigmatism, further reducing your dependency on glasses. Standard monovision lenses don’t correct astigmatism without additional procedures, so you may need glasses to see clearly even after cataract surgery. If you want better vision without glasses, a toric LifeStyle Lens option could be for you.
A consultation appointment with your ICON Eyecare doctor will help determine if you’re a good candidate for a toric astigmatism correction LifeStyle Lens.
AcroSof IQ ReSTOR
For patients with an active lifestyle who also spend time at the computer or enjoy reading, the ReSTOR Lens may be the best solution as it corrects for multiple distances to accommodate your activities and lifestyle. The ReSTOR Lens uses “apodized diffractive” technology, which functions like two lenses in one, allowing for near, intermediate and distance vision correction.
In clinical trials, the ReSTOR Lens completely eliminated the need for corrective eyewear in over 80% of patients who received the implants in both eyes. 94% of patients involved in the clinical trials reported they would elect to have the procedure again.
One-Drop Cataract Surgery
One-Drop Cataract Surgery is designed to simplify your recovery process by reducing the number of drops required after surgery.
With One-Drop Cataract Surgery at ICON Eyecare, the surgeon administers a mixture of antibiotic and steroid drops during the procedure so that only one prescription drop per day must be used after surgery, rather than the traditional three. The medication remains in the eye and slowly dissolves while the eye is healing, allowing most patients to enjoy a more convenient recovery process with only one eye drop prescription.
Most patients report One-Drop Cataract Surgery reduces:
- The cost of prescription eye drops since only one is prescribed
- The confusing eye drop schedule following surgery
One Drop = More Freedom!
At your cataract consultation, we will be able to determine if you are a good candidate for One-Drop Cataract Surgery.
What is a cataract?
As we age, a cloudiness can develop on the eye’s lens, causing vision to blur. As cataracts progress, traditional contacts and glasses are unable to fully correct the vision, and surgery is necessary to replace the natural lens of the eye.
Cataracts: An Introduction
Because vision tends to weaken as we age, distinguishing the symptoms of naturally aging eyes from the beginning signs of cataract development can be challenging. Having regular eye exams, especially if you’re over 55 years of age, is important to early cataract detection.
Symptoms and signs associated with cataracts include:
- Blurry vision
- More light required to read
- Problem with glare from bright light
- Night driving becomes difficult due to glare from lights
- Increased eye strain
- Seeing double with one eye open
- Filmy, foggy or cloudy vision
- Colors faded or yellowish
- Frequent changes in eyeglass prescription
- A new ability to see up close without using reading glasses, often called ‘second sight’
A comprehensive cataract appointment is the first step in determining if you have cataracts and which treatment choice can be best tailored to your unique vision.
Your cataract appointment involves a series of computer-aided and traditional testing methods administered by a skilled technician. We will gather your eyes’ prescription, topography and overall health, followed by a thorough overview of treatment options and a meeting with one of ICON Eyecare’s experienced ophthalmologists.
How fast do cataracts progress?
Cataracts that are due to aging generally progress slowly over the course of several years. But those associated with diabetic patients or even trauma to the eye can progress rapidly. It is not possible to predict accurately how rapidly cataracts will progress in any given patient.
Are cataracts an inevitable part of getting older?
Yes. As we age, the lenses in our eyes grow thicker and become cloudy, forming a cataract.
How Do I Know if I Have Cataracts?
Because our vision tends to weaken with age, distinguishing the symptoms of naturally aging eyes from the beginning signs of cataract development can be difficult. Coming in for an annual eye exam, especially if you’re over 55 years of age, is important to early cataract detection to minimize vision loss.
What Causes Cataracts?
The lens inside the eye can be thought of as a camera lens, focusing light onto the retina in order to produce clear vision. It also adjusts the eye’s focus, allowing us to see things clearly up close and far away.
The lens is mostly made up of water and protein. The protein is arranged in a precise pattern that keeps the lens clear and lets light pass through it.
But as we age, some of the protein may clump together and start to cloud a small area of the lens. This is a cataract, and over time, it may grow larger and cloud more of the lens, making it harder to see.
It is unknown for sure why the eye’s lens changes as we age. But researchers worldwide have agreed upon several factors that are associated with cataract development. Besides advancing age, cataract risk factors include:
- Ultraviolet radiation from sunlight and other sources
- Prolonged use of corticosteroids
- Statin medicines used to reduce cholesterol
- Trauma to or inflammation of the eye
- Previous eye surgery
- Hormone replacement therapy
- Significant alcohol consumption
- Family history
- High myopia
A cataract is one of the most common causes of vision loss among the elderly but, unlike other eye conditions, it can be corrected in almost all cases. While the elderly are more prone to developing cataracts, it can also affect young adults and children. Many people do not realize that they have a cataract in the early stages. The condition worsens slowly over months and years, but cataract surgery can correct the problem.
How are Cataracts Treated?
Cataracts cannot be treated with medication, diet or eye drops, and they will not heal on their own. The cataract must be removed in order to restore your vision. Cataract surgery is the only way to remove the cataract.
How Does Cataract Surgery Work?
Cataracts can be removed comfortably, quickly and effectively with surgery. During this surgery, the lens of the eye is gently broken into pieces, removed and an artificial lens is put in its place. Typically, vision is restored in days following cataracts surgery. While all surgeries have risks, the success rate for cataract surgery is extremely high. Surgery is typically very comfortable, with minimal to no discomfort.
There are different choices for which type of artificial lenses to implant during cataract surgery, including Lifestyle Lenses for patients who live active lifestyles and want to reduce or eliminate the need to wear glasses or bifocals after cataract surgery.
How are cataracts removed?
Cataracts can be removed comfortably, quickly and effectively with surgery. In this surgery, the lens is broken into pieces, removed, and an artificial lens is put back in its place. Typically, vision is restored in days. While all surgeries have risks, the success rate is extremely high. Most patients report minimal to no discomfort.
What is the difference between traditional cataract surgery and laser cataract surgery?
The most recent breakthrough in cataract surgery is the introduction of the cataract laser. At ICON Eyecare, we offer FDA-approved laser cataract technology. In the opinion of our surgeons, this adds to the safety, accuracy and precision of the procedure.
What results can I expect from cataract surgery?
In the vast majority of cataract surgeries, vision is substantially improved immediately after surgery but will continue to improve over the next few days and weeks. In most cases, patients are able to resume normal activities (including work) the day after surgery.