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Revolutionary advancements have been made in the lenses used in Cataract surgery allowing patients to see well at all distances and focus on different objects naturally. Dr. Tschoepe uses this innovative technology to free many of his patients from using glasses at all times.  Dr. Tschoepe will help you determine which lens is best for your eyes.  Dr. Tschoepe is not an advocate of Crystalens, but uses ReZoom and RESTOR, which he considers better lenses.  Please click on the following links for more information about this exciting new technology: ReZoom, RESTOR and TECNIS.

How Cataracts Develop

A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens inside your eye. This lens, located behind the iris (or colored part of the eye) works just like the lens of a camera- focusing light images on the retina, which send the images to your brain.

The human lens, made mostly of protein and water, can become clouded so clouded it keeps light and images from reaching the retina. Eye injury, certain diseases, or even some medications can cause the clouding. But, in over 90% of cases, clouding is caused by the aging process. A cataract is not a "film" over the eye, and neither diet nor lasers will make it go away. The best way to treat a cataract is to remove the old, clouded lens and provide a replacement lens. There are several replacement lenses available today ranging in price and functionality. Dr. Tschoepe and his staff will explain the various lenses and recommend a lens to fit your particular lifestyle and vision needs.

A cataract can be the reason sharp images become blurred, bright colors become dull, or seeing at night is more difficult. It may also be why the reading glasses or bifocals that used to help you read, or do other simple tasks, no longer seem to help. Unfortunately, cataracts can't be prevented, but removing the cataract and permanently replacing it with a high quality silicone lens can restore your vision and in many ways, significantly improve your quality of life. The time to have your cataracts removed is when the quality of your vision begins to put limits on your activities and enjoyment of life.

Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, and usually requires just a few hours of your time from start to finish. Your eye will be treated with anesthetic prior to the procedure so you'll feel little, if any, discomfort. First, a tiny incision will be made in the eye allowing your surgeon to use a small instrument (about the size of a pen tip) to break up and wash away the cloudy cataract. Once the cataract is removed, a replacement lens or IOL will be inserted through the same tiny incision and set into its permanent position.

Choosing the Best Replacement Lens for Your Vision

Monofocal IOLs have been used for over 50 years and have proven to provide clear distance vision for years and years and are considered a permanent replacement lens. Multifocal IOLs have been thoroughly studied and are designed to replace monofocal IOLs in the years to come. Both types of IOLs are designed to replace the natural lens of your eye. Both have advantages and disadvantages. It is very important that you decide which lens is right for you, because it is considered unwise and risky by most eye surgeons to attempt to replace an IOL once it has been placed into permanent position. The following chart will help you compare the features of both types of IOLs.

 


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What to Expect After the Procedure

After the procedure, you'll rest for a short while before you go home. Your doctor will typically examine your eye within 24 hours. You'll need to use prescription eye drops to guard against infection and help your eye heal. For a few days, you may need to wear a protective shield, especially at night to prevent you from rubbing your eye. Everyone heals somewhat differently, but most patients see well enough to return to most of their routine activities the day after surgery.

 

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