Cataracts are a very common condition that may affect your vision but can be treated through cataract surgery. Cataracts are most commonly seen as an age-related condition in which the eyes' natural lenses gradually become cloudy. The most common symptoms of cataracts are cloudy vision, decreased night vision associated with glare and halos, and double vision. Although cataract symptoms and treatments vary among different patients, the information below applies to most people. We hope you find this information useful. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Performing Cataract Surgery Since 1989Dr. Lawrence Frank and Dr. Seema Gupta perform outpatient cataract surgery. The procedure, known as phacoemulsification, entails using a high-tech ultrasonic probe to dissolve the cataract and irrigate the eye. After the natural lens is removed, it is replaced with an intraocular lens implant (IOL) that is most suitable for each patient's eyes and visual needs.
What is a lens implant?Cataracts form on the eye's natural lens. When the lens is removed, it is replaced with an artificial, acrylic lens implant, which is a very thin disk measuring approximately 1/4 inch in diameter. Without a lens implant, extremely thick eyeglasses would be required to see clearly. The lens is meant to last a lifetime. You will not feel the lens implant in your eye.
Multifocal IOLsMultifocal intraocular lenses (IOLs) are premium IOLs which are intended to allow cataract patients to see clearly at various distances without the use of glasses. Traditional IOLs correct vision only at one distance - near, distance, or intermediate. Due to their sophisticated technology, Multifocal IOLs can help patients see at all distances, though a glasses prescription may still be needed following surgery.
There is now a multifocal lens available that has the ability to reduce astigmatism called the Tecnis Symfony lens.