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Cataracts

Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed procedure in the U.S., replacing the cloudy natural lens of the eye with a clear artificial lens called an intraocular lens (IOL). Cataracts affect millions of people each year, including more than half of all Americans over the age of 65, and cause a progressive, painless loss of vision. Cataracts also commonly cause blurred or hazy vision, a sensitivity to glare or a feeling of having a “film” over the eyes.

We perform a minimally invasive, small-incision, “no-stitch”, “no-shot” cataract surgery called phacoemulsification (“phaco”) surgery. During this procedure, a tiny incision is made in the eye to make room for a small ultrasonic probe. This probe breaks up, or emulsifies, the cloudy lens into tiny pieces. The pieces are then suctioned out through the probe.

Once the cloudy lens has been removed, the IOL is implanted in the eye. Advanced foldable IOLs are inserted through the same small incision from which the original lens was removed. This significantly reduces recovery times while it improves safety and reduces  the risk of bleeding, scarring, irritation and visual distortion.

Our doctors use safe, proven methods to reduce the risk of post surgical infections in the form of eye drops, no compound injections are used.

Patients now have a wonderful range of options for IOLs at the time of cataract surgery. At Newman and Taub Vision Center, we customize your visual outcome after cataract surgery according to your visual needs and hobbies. State-of-the-art Advanced Technology lenses can help patients see their world in exciting ways. The AcrySof®, ReSTOR®, AcrySof® Toric, Tecnis Multifocal® and the Crystalens® provide revolutionary new ways to potentially leave your glasses behind. They have been uniquely designed to improve vision at all distances – up close, far away and everything in-between – giving cataract patients their best chance ever to live free of glasses.

The skilled eye surgeons at Newman and Taub Vision Center will conduct a thorough examination in order to determine if these Advanced Technology IOLs are a good choice for you, and will offer other cataract surgery options as well.


FAQs

Following my IOL procedure, how long will my vision be distorted?
Your full vision will fluctuate  from day to day but will steadily improve following your IOL procedure.

How long does an intraocular lens last?
The lens implants are designed, engineered, and manufactured with bio-capable materials that should last a lifetime.

Will I experience any pain throughout my IOL procedure?
No. The IOL procedure is painless. IOL is performed under topical or local anesthesia. You will be awake and aware of what is occurring, but the experience is not uncomfortable.

How long following my IOL procedure do I have to wait before I can return to normal activities?
You should be able to return to your normal activities within days of your IOL procedure.

How long does the IOL procedure take?
The actual procedure takes less than a ½ hour, but you will be in the outpatient facility for a period of time before and after the procedure.

How long will I be on medication?
Following your IOL procedure, you will need to administer eye drops in decreasing amounts over 4-6 weeks.

For more information on cataracts go to: http://www.nei.nih.gov/health/cataract/cataract_facts.asp

To schedule your cataract evaluation, call Newman and Taub Vision Center today at 972-392-2020

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