Eye Health from the Expert:

Cataract Surgery & Advanced Lens Implants

Removing a cataract usually restores clear vision, but, until now, most cataract patients have still needed glasses after surgery. With technological advances, many cataract patients can, in effect, “turn back the clock,” restoring the near, far and in between clear vision of their younger days without glasses or contact lenses.

A cataract is a gradual opacification of the normal crystalline lens in the eye.  As the lens becomes cloudy, it causes reduced vision. Once vision loss affects daily activities, it’s time to remove the cataract.  

Cataract removal is a short, painless surgery that can be done on an outpatient basis. When a cataract is removed, the cloudy lens is removed and a lens implant is placed inside the eye.

Technology now allows eye surgeons to correct the vision more effectively, often eliminating the need for glasses following cataract removal.

Advanced, or “premium,”  implants are designed to overcome the age-related problem known as “presbyopia.”  Presbyopia occurs for most people in their mid-40s, when reading becomes more difficult. With the new implants, surgeons can often reverse the effects of this condition and restore good distance and near vision.