Cataracts: A Natural Part Of Aging
What is a Cataract?
A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens inside your eye. This lens, located behind the iris, works just like the lens of a camera – focusing light images on the retina, which sends images to the brain. A cataract can be the reason sharp objects become blurred, bright colors become dull, or seeing at night is more difficult. It may also be why reading glasses or bifocals are used to help you no longer seem to be effective.
Vision with cataracts has been described as seeing life though an old, cloudy film. Eye injury, certain diseases, or even some medications can cause clouding, but the majority of cataracts are simply the result of the natural aging process.
The best way to treat a cataract is with surgery that removes the old, clouded lens and replacing it with a new, artificial lens to restore your vision and, in many ways, significantly improve your quality of life.
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Monofocal lens technology is performed in general for patients having cataract surgery and lens implantation. This technology has been around for many years and has improved millions of patient’s vision. Using a monofocal IOL, your surgeon is able to choose the post-operative power of your eyes. This means that you can have improved distance or near vision, but not both. The monofocal IOL corrects your vision for one distance only. This means that you will continue to be dependent on glasses for some tasks.
Toric lens implants are used in patients who have astigmatism in their eyes. Astigmatism is when your eye is shaped more like a football than a basketball, causing blurred vision in all distances. The unique design of the new Toric IOL makes it possible to reduce or eliminate astigmatism and significantly improve uncorrected distance vision. Not all patients are good candidates for the IOL and more advanced measurements may need to be taken prior to your surgery.
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Multifocal lens implants are designed to improve your vision to see near, far, and everything in-between. Based on FDA clinical data, there is an 80% chance you will not have to wear eyeglasses again. This does not imply a perfect visual system, however. Because of the multifocal nature of the lens, you will see halos, especially at night. This lens is best when it is implanted in both eyes in a timely fashion. There is an adaptation period after insertion where your brain has to adapt to the new implants.
With our cataract surgeons and multiple locations, make sure to schedule your appointment with our team today. We offer cataract services to residents throughout Muskegon, Norton Shores, North Muskegon, Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Fremont MI. If you think you may be experiencing cataract symptoms, schedule your consultation now.
Shoreline Vision is proud to be the first eye surgeons in West Michigan to offer Alcon’s LenSx laser; laser assisted cataract refractive surgery.
A Blade-free Laser is the newest technological breakthrough and available for use in cataract surgery. The LenSx femtosecond laser offers a number of advantages compared to standard cataract surgery. For unparalleled precision, the LenSx laser pulses in femtoseconds which are one quadrillionth of a second.
- Allows for the correction of low to moderate amounts of astigmatism with the accuracy of a computer-controlled laser. This is an important part of optimizing vision.
- Provides greater surgical precision, particularly for some of the most challenging parts of cataract surgery.
- Eliminates the need for blades and needles for corneal incisions and the anterior capsulotomy.
- Allows your doctor to customize a treatment plan for optimizing your vision to meet your lifestyle and visual goals.