While cataract surgery has become safer offering superior vision than ever before, it is still a complex, sophisticated procedure that offers many choices. In the past things were quite simple. When the cataract formed, which is a clouding of the natural lens of the eye, it was simply removed and the patient would then wear very thick glasses in order to see. Patients were hospitalized on the average of three days, most surgeons still performed surgery without a microscope, and complications were not unexpected. All this was only 35 year ago. Modern, small incision microsurgery is not only much safer, but also offers many options for our patients.Patients can now choose from a large variety of intraocular lenses that are used to replace the cataractous lens of the eye. For instance if you have astigmatism, a condition that alters the focus of the eye, lenses that correct for this problem known as toric lenses can be considered. By the same token for those patients who prefer greater independence from glasses multifocal and accommodative lens designs may be appropriate.
Because there are many options, patients should discuss their alternatives with their surgeon keeping in mind that many surgeons still have little experience utilizing these many lens options. The cataract experts at North Shore Eye Care have vast experience with all the latest techniques and lens designs having performed thousands of cataract procedure over a 35 year period. We offer monthly, informative seminars on this fascinating procedure and look forward to seeing you there.