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What is a Cataract Surgery?

Present-day technological advances have made it possible for cataract surgery to be considered as lens replacement surgery, the human eye ages naturally and the lens can become cloudy which is called a cataract. The cataract is removed and a new crystal clear synthetic implant replaces the cloudy lens. The placed implant restores clarity in the optical system and concludes in improved vision for the patient. Cataract surgery requires the use of your eyesight during the entire course of surgery. It’s important to do your research and meet with the best surgeon for your cataract surgery as there are many different options. 

One of the types of surgery is refractive cataract surgery, this is a sub-specialty wherein the whole optical system is examined and optimized at the same time that a cataract surgery is being completed. This process results in an overall lifestyle vision boost by improving vision quality and reducing the need for reading glasses after surgery. These premium cataract services are not usually covered by Medicare and Private Insurance companies however you will only need cataract surgery once in your life and you will continually use that vision throughout your life. 

Dr. Abedi prides herself on the use of the most cutting-edge technologies and newest equipment, she invests in these solutions in order to deliver the highest level of results to her patients. Dr. Abedi’s advancement in different technologies led her to Femtosecond Laser Cataract Surgery, this is the most precise cataract surgery available worldwide. The laser used moves through the many steps of a traditional cataract surgery with a higher level of exactness and accuracy. As an added bonus the laser also works to correct low levels of astigmatism during cataract surgery and has been shown in studies to reduce the amount of energy used in the eye during surgery causing less collateral damage. 

Types of Lenses

After a comprehensive ocuplastic exam, Dr. Abedi will be able to determine if you would benefit from the use of a premium lens. There are several Intra-Ocular Lenses if the Doctor finds you qualified she will sit down and work with you and recommend a lens that would best match your eyes and lifestyle needs. 

Monofocal Lens

The most common option is a Monofocal Lens, as the name implies this older basic lens dubbed “mono” focal is a single-focus lens. It is a basic older model that is fixed and in-place which allows for the eye to focus on three different zones with near as one of the “zones.” Glasses or Bifocals are typically needed permanently afterward to bring all other “zones” into focus.

Multifocal Lens

Another option, which is considered a “premium” is a Multifocal Lens, of which there are several options. Multifocal Lens implants have been recently approved in the last decade by the FDA. These implants are fashioned with the same material as the more standard Monofocal Lenses but are designed and built with multifocality which allows the eye to focus at various distances, near and far. In short, multifocal lenses greatly lessen the need for glasses after a successful cataract surgery. There are some drawbacks at first, some patents report seeing circular rings around lights at night, a side-effect caused by the way the lenses split light. The splitting light effect is not an irritating side-effect and it usually does fade with time.

Accommodative Lens

A third option is Accommodative Lenses which is a flexible lens that allows for a much fuller range of focus. This lens is very different from the standard single-focus lenses in that it can move once it has been implanted. Designed after the natural movements a healthy eye possesses in it’s youth, it achieves full-focus by causing movement in a single-focus lens, there is no temporary glare caused by these lenses, they reach a good range of vision from distance to near sight. Sometimes light glasses will be needed for reading fine print materials.

What is a Cataract?

A cataract is a medical term for when a patient’s eye is clouded. More specifically when the normally highly clear lens of the eye is clouded, making one’s vision appear as if they are looking at everything from behind a cloud or a foggy window. Cataract is usually slow to develop however at its peak it makes even normal, everyday tasks, such as seeing a friend or loved one’s facial expressions difficult, along with reading a book or computer screen, and driving a vehicle.

There are many stages of cataracts, in the beginning, stages often strong lighting and special eyeglasses have shown to be effective in helping patients with early-stage moderate vision problems. However, cataracts almost always worsen with time and cataract surgery may be necessary to correct the problem. This is where Dr. Abedi can be of assistance to you, she has years of experience with cataract surgery.

What can be done?

Cataract surgery is a procedure that removes the clouded lens of the eye and replaces it with an artificial lens. It is a commonly performed surgery and effective treatment for progressed cataracts, it is usually performed by an ophthalmologist in an outpatient procedure.

What does the procedure involve?

Modern cataract surgery can most accurately be thought of as lens replacement surgery. The eye’s natural, aged, and cloudy lens is removed and replaced with a new crystal-clear, man-made lens implant. The newly placed implant restores the clarity of the optical system and results in improved vision.

This is an outpatient procedure and most importantly patients are required to use their eyesight in every moment of the daily life following the surgery. Patients are encouraged to do their due diligence and consulting multiple doctors before engaging in cataract surgery.

Feel free to reach out to Dr. Abedi and her staff to set up an examination or discuss Cataract Surgery options that are right for you.


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