The only treatment for cataracts (a clouding of the eye’s natural lens) is to have them removed by surgery. Fortunately, vision can be restored by implanting intraocular lenses (IOLs). If you’d like to regain clear vision by eliminating cataracts and preventing a reduction in eyesight, then cataract surgery should be considered.
Candidacy for IOLs
Several IOL options exist and your candidacy for each may differ from one to the other. However, generally you are a good candidate for intraocular lenses if:
- You have healthy eyes, even if you have one or more cataracts
- You have no cataracts, but have encountered problems with your near-vision
- You have no medical conditions that would prevent an IOL insertion
- You have had a prior LASIK procedure, but your eyes are otherwise healthy
Please contact the ophthalmologists at Katzen Eye Group in Baltimore and Lutherville, Maryland who specialize in intraocular lens placement, if you are suffering from cataracts and want to improve your vision.
Intraocular lenses (IOLs) that take the place of the eye’s natural lens have been hugely beneficial to cataract patients, with more than one million implanted each year in the United States. Since the 1970s, when intraocular lenses found widespread acceptance, intraocular lens technology has advanced significantly. A wide variety of IOLs have hit the market to help patients achieve more flexibility in their vision.
Advances in Intraocular Lenses
From the introduction of intraocular lenses, manufacturers have moved from an inflexible lens material that necessitated larger incisions to acrylic and silicon, which comprise the majority of IOLs placed today. The use of these materials allows the lens to remain soft and pliable so that ophthalmologists can make tiny incisions in which to insert the lens and then unroll it into the eye.
Now, more than ever, you and your doctor have choices in intraocular lenses. Our Baltimore area ophthalmologists at Katzen Eye Group can examine your eyes and help determine which of these intraocular lenses best suits your vision needs:
- Multifocal Lenses – offering variable distance viewing with greater possibility that glasses or contacts will not be needed. ReZoom™ and ReStor® provide clear vision at all distances and offer greater freedom from eyewear than previous IOLs.
- Toric IOLs – reduces or eliminates corneal astigmatism and greatly improves distance vision without the need for corrective lenses. The Staar Surgical IOL and the AcrySof® IQ Toric IOL will help the blurriness at all distances often caused by an ovoid corneal shape.
- Accommodating IOLs – offers focusing from near to far, far to near and in distances between
- Aspheric IOLs – traditional IOLs are spheric, but this lens is slightly flatter to provide better contrast sensitivity
- Filtering IOLs – offers blue light and ultraviolet (UV) light filtering that your natural lens had before it was replaced with an IOL
- Monofocal Lenses – the traditional type of IOL offering vision at only one distance that can be augmented by the use of glasses or contacts.
Please contact the ophthalmologists at Katzen Eye Group in Baltimore and Lutherville, Maryland who specialize in intraocular lens placement, if you want to begin seeing more clearly.
If heading to the beach makes you cringe because you can’t decide whether to wear your glasses or risk the elements with contacts, you are not alone. That’s one reason why more than one million people turn to LASIK surgery each year to correct their vision.
However some people use a haphazard approach to choosing a LASIK doctor by selecting a surgeon based on cost or through a slick print advertisement. While the LASIK procedure has proven to be both safe and effective, the doctor you select will still be using surgical instruments on your eyes, so choose wisely.
Questions to Ask a LASIK Doctor
After obtaining LASIK testimonials and referrals from friends and family members who have had the LASIK procedure, check the doctor’s credentials, including board certifications. Then ask a few tough questions at the initial consultation to help determine if your doctor has the qualifications and experience to work on your eyes. Some questions you might want to ask are:
1. How many LASIK procedures have you performed in the last 12 months?
2. What percent of your LASIK patients have achieved a vision of 20/40 and 20/20 or better?
3. What percent of your LASIK patients have reported complications (halos, starbursts, dry eye, etc.) six months after surgery?
4. Will you be performing a wavefront technology diagnostic to determine my candidacy for the LASIK procedure?
5. What percent of your patients have needed a LASIK enhancement?
6. What tests will you perform before and after the LASIK surgery?
The LASIK doctors at Katzen Eye Group will take the time to evaluate your eyes and discuss all available vision correction options, including LASIK. If you are ready to have the best vision of your life, please contact the LASIK doctors at Katzen Eye Group in Baltimore and Lutherville, Maryland.