Your eye lenses are made up of proteins and fluids that allow light to pass through the lens and focus on the retina. Over time, the proteins can start to clump together and diminish your vision. This is a natural process that occurs slowly over time. In fact, many people will suffer from slowly deteriorating vision for years and not realize that cataracts are to blame. This is a common condition that affects 50% of people over age 60.
You’ve Been Diagnosed with Cataracts
Cataract surgery is currently one of the most commonly performed medical procedures, with over three million surgeries completed in the United States each year. It is performed as an outpatient procedure and can provide a wide range of vision correction options.
What to Expect with Cataract Surgery
- During cataract surgery, a small incision is made in the cornea.
- The Eye Center of Northern Colorado was the first practice in Colorado and one of the first in the country to implement revolutionary technology for this step: the LenSx® laser.
- Also known as laser-assisted cataract surgery, the LenSx laser allows our surgeons to automate some of the most challenging steps of cataract surgery using real-time, 3-D visualization for truly customized treatment. This results in better vision outcomes for our patients.
- After the incision is made, a small ultrasonic device is inserted in the incision.
- The lens capsule, which is the front part of the lens envelope, is opened so that the lens material can be removed.
- The small ultrasonic device inserted into the eye is used to gently wash away the hardened yellow proteins that cause the cataract while the material is simultaneously removed from the eye.
- Then a pre-determined Intraocular Lens (IOL) is inserted into the eye.
- This new lens will remain inside the eye, allowing light to be clearly focused on the retina and providing clear vision.
- It will not move and it can’t be felt or sensed in any way by the patient. Once the new lens is in place, where your natural lens used to exist, the opening will self-seal without the need for stitches.
Cataracts Surgery Options
During your cataract surgery, the doctors at Eye Center of Northern Colorado can also correct standard vision issues like astigmatism and presbyopia (the need for reading glasses). Our doctors offer a wide array of replacement lens options to help you receive the vision you want.
What is it? The Monofocal lens provides a single focal point designed to promote clear distance vision. This means you will be able to see objects far away and will most likely need glasses for reading and any type of close detailed work.
Who is it perfect for? This lens option is perfect for people who don’t mind wearing reading glasses or bifocals.
Types of Multifocal Lenses
We offer a variety of Multifocal lenses to meet the unique vision needs of our vastly different patients. The best way to know which one is right for you is by scheduling a Cataract Evaluation with our team. Our cataract doctors will assess your eye health and your vision goals in order to recommend the best option.
- What is it? The AcrySof ReStor® lens is an advanced technology lens which may allow patients to see at all distances without glasses.
- Who is it perfect for? ReStor® Intraocular Lenses are perfect for people who want to read text messages/menus/books, work on a computer, watch television, drive, and more without lenses.
- What is it? The Crystalens is the first and only FDA-approved accommodating Intraocular Lens. Crystalens was modeled after the human eye. Like the eye’s natural lens, it uses the eye muscle to flex and accommodate back and forth as you constantly change focus on images at all distances around you.
- Who is it perfect for? The Crystalens is a great fit for people who want the ability to perform most of their daily tasks without the need for glasses.
- What is it? The Tecnis lens accommodates all distances and at all light levels, reducing the occurrence of poor night vision. Tecnis also reduces the appearance of halos or glares, side effects that are common with other post-cataract surgery multifocal lens implants.
- Who is it perfect for? The Tecnis lens is a great fit for cataract surgery patients that have difficulty reading or seeing objects up close and who wear bifocals.
Toric (Astigmatism-Correcting) Lens
- What is it? Toric lenses can correct astigmatism which is a condition where the cornea is warped so light rays entering the eye cannot focus on one spot of the retina. This results in distorted, blurry or even double vision. Toric lenses have a single focal point to provide distance vision and enhanced image quality.
- Who is it perfect for? Toric lenses can help people with astigmatism improve their vision distance. These patients may still need reading glasses after surgery.
If your vision has changed and you feel cataracts might be to blame, contact the Eye Center of Northern Colorado at (970) 221-2222 today to schedule a Cataract Evaluation.