Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Clear Lens Surgery

Clear Lens Surgery is a surgical procedure that uses the same successful techniques of modern cataract surgery to correct nearsightedness and farsightedness. This is the procedure of choice for those over 50 years old that desire a more complete solution to their vision problems or those found to be ineligible for LASIK or PRK. It is a viable alternative for those who wish to eliminate their dependence on traditional or progressive bifocals and those who may be showing signs of developing cataracts.
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The Procedure
Most other vision correction procedures attempt to change the focusing power of the cornea. Clear Lens Surgery, on the other hand, corrects nearsightedness and farsightedness by replacing the eye's natural lens with a multifocal or accommodating intraocular lens. These provide the focusing power without glasses at multiple distances including near, intermediate and far.
The eye's natural lens is removed through a micro-incision (less than 3 mm), breaking the lens apart with ultrasonic vibrations and gently suctioning it from the eye. The natural lens is replaced by a foldable intraocular lens which is inserted through the micro-incision. It is then unfolded and placed into permanent position. Because of the design of the incision and its small size, it seals itself and no stitches are required.
Intraocular Lens
When is it needed?
Clear lens surgery is a viable option for patients with a high degree of nearsightedness or farsightedness and those who may be showing signs of developing cataracts. Older patients (over 50) that desire a more complete solution to their vision problems and wish to eliminate their dependence on traditional or progressive bifocals are candidates for this procedure. Also, patients that are ineligible for LASIK or PRK will benefit from clear lens surgery.
Post-Op Care
Clear lens surgery is performed on an out-patient basis and takes only a few minutes. In Dr. Sayegh's hands, the surgery takes 8 to 10 minutes and is painless both during and after the surgery. No needles, no stitches and no patches are associated with the procedure. Patients are free to return home to rest in comfort and avoid the inconvenience and expense of a hospital stay. In most cases, daily activities such as driving and reading can be resumed almost immediately.
After the surgery, you'll be given a short time to rest. Then, the very same day, you can go home. Within the next 24 hours, your doctor will probably want to see you for an evaluation. Drops will be prescribed to guard against infection and help your eyes heal. For a few days, you may need to wear a clear shield, especially at night, to prevent you from rubbing your eyes.
The greatest benefit of clear lens surgery is the substantial reduction or elimination of your dependency on eyeglasses and contacts. Because the procedure is performed using micro surgical techniques, there is no need for needles, stitches or patches and most patients enjoy rapid visual recovery. Clear lens surgery also eliminates the need for cataract surgery in the future.
Medicare allows patients, who require clear lens surgery, to select a custom intraocular lens to reduce their spectacle (eyeglasses) dependence. The Crystalens™, ReZoom™, ReSTOR™ & Acrysof Toric™ lenses that we offer all qualify!
As with any surgical procedure, there are risks. You and your doctor should consider the potential risks and benefits to determine if cataract surgery is right for you.
Intraocular Lenses...
An intraocular lens (IOL) is an implanted lens in the eye that replaces the existing lens. It usually consists of a small plastic lens with plastic side struts, called haptics, to hold the lens in place within the capsular bag inside the eye. IOLs were traditionally made of an inflexible material although this has largely been superseded by the use of flexible materials. Most IOLs fitted today are fixed monofocal lenses matched to distance vision. However, at Cataract & Laser Eye Surgeons, we offer multifocal IOLs which provide the patient with multiple-focused vision at far and reading distance.
Read more about the intraocular lenses we offer...
  Acrysof Toric™
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