What is a cataract?
A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens, which lies behind the iris and the pupil. Cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss in people over age 40. A cataract may make light from the sun or a lamp seem too bright or glaring. Or you may notice when you drive at night that the oncoming headlights cause more glare than before. Colors may not appear as bright as they once did.
At Plessen Ophthalmology, our physicians perform no-stitch, micro-incisional cataract surgery. This technique utilizes ultrasound technology to fragment and remove your cataract. After the cataract is removed, an appropriate intraocular lens (IOL) is selected and injected through the small, 2-3mm corneal incision. This surgery is performed on an outpatient basis at Plessen ASC next to our office in Golden Rock. The comfortable procedure is usually over in 5-10 minutes, and patients return home less than an hour after the procedure.
We offer over a dozen types of premium lenses. We will discuss lens choices with you at the time of your booking appointment to determine which lens will best satisfy your expectations. Among the lenses that are available, some will improve near, mid-range an distance vision all at once. Some lenses are targeted toward patients with a significant amount of astigmatism. Some examples of lenses that we offer include:
• Toric intraocular lenses has the ability to reduce or eliminate corneal astigmatism at the same time it corrects cataracts. The result is typically improved vision distance vision, and less dependence on eyeglasses or contacts for distance vision. It also filters out harmful ultraviolet and blue light.
• Multifocal intraocular lenses improve vision at near, far, and intermediate distances. Many people who used to wear corrective lenses no longer need them after having multifocal lenses during cataract surgery. They can see far away and easily work on the computer without their glasses or contact lenses.
• Multifocal Toric intraocular lens is designed for patients undergoing cataract surgery who choose to address their astigmatism and presbyopia at the same time. One type of Multifocal toric intraocular lens, the Activefocus lens delivers both crisp, clear distance vision and a range of vision for patients who desire less dependence on glasses.