A cataract is a clouding of the eye's natural lens, which happens gradually and can make your vision less sharp over time. The natural lens, located behind the iris (the colored portion of the eye), works like the lens of a camera. The natural lens focuses light images on the retina in the back of the eye which then transports those images to the brain.
Although cataracts can happen at any age, they are the most common cause of vision loss in adults over 55. More than one million cataract procedures will be performed nationwide this year alone. At Omaha & Lincoln Eye & Laser Institutes we offer the most advanced microsurgical technique in the comfort of our very own AAAHC accredited surgery center.
What are the symptoms of a cataract?
Due to the slow progression, cataracts can be difficult to recognize. Often times cataracts are the reason behind the increasingly blurred vision, dulled colors or decreased night vision due to glare, starburst or halos. Reading can become more difficult due to the blurriness and loss of contrast sensitivity, and daily activities may be impacted for these reasons. In the past, it was thought that cataract surgery could not be performed until the cataract was ripe or ready. With recent research and studies, we have found that this is no longer true. Cataract surgery can be performed as soon as vision interferes with a patient’s quality of life.
What should I do if I suspect that I have a cataract?
If a cataract is suspected, we recommend you call your family doctor of optometry or call the Omaha/Lincoln Eye & Laser Institute or schedule an evaluation. You may e-mail us with any questions or schedule an appointment by clicking here.
What should I expect when undergoing cataract surgery?
The only way to effectively treat cataracts is through surgical removal. During the procedure, the eye is fully anesthetized eliminating any pain or discomfort. An IV anti-anxiety medicine will also be given to ensure comfort. Unless special health problems arise or there are special insurance requirements, the surgery will be performed in our comfortable, friendly, AAAHC accredited outpatient surgery center. Most patients can expect to be in our surgery facility anywhere from two to four hours although the procedure itself is only about 20 to 30 minutes. A driver will be required the day of surgery.
What happens during cataract surgery?
Drs. John and James Liu use state of the art micro-surgical techniques using a sophisticated ultrasonic device (phacoemulsification) to remove the lens and replace it with the intraocular lens implant. The implant is held in place by the outer capsule that surrounds the original lens. The IOL implant will help the eye focus properly after surgery; however, depending on the lens option chosen, a new glasses prescription may be required after surgery.
The intraocular lens is polished to the precise curvature needed to bend light rays on the retina. At the Omaha Eye & Lincoln Eye & Laser Institutes, the IOL Master™ technology provides the most accurate measurements to determine the correct power of the IOL.
What lens is right for me?
Although all replacement lenses are made with the same high-quality material they have different functionalities depending on the preference of vision post-surgery. The health and unique characteristics of the eye also play an important role in which lens options are available. Take our IOL self-evaluation test to see which lens is right for you.
Cataracts and Multifocal IOLs
Correcting Your Distance Vision / AcrySof® IQ Aspheric IOL
There are numerous styles of IOLs. The doctor will carefully choose an IOL that will meet your visual needs and give the best possible vision. Proven to deliver excellent visual performance, the AcrySof® IQ IOL provides improved functional vision in all conditions and dramatically improves clarity, image quality, and contrast sensitivity.
Correcting Your Distance Vision and Astigmatism / AcrySof® Toric IOL
Until recently, the only viable vision option for patients with astigmatism was to correct astigmatism after cataract surgery with glasses or contact lenses. However, with technological advancements, the AcrySof® Toric lens is a great option for people with astigmatism. The AcrySof® Toric lens is a revolutionary astigmatism-correcting lens that will replace the clouded lens and reduce astigmatism in one procedure. The unique design of the AcrySof® Toric lens makes it possible to reduce or eliminate corneal astigmatism and give the best quality of vision.
Correcting a Full Range of Vision / Multifocal IOL
Traditionally, single vision lens implants were used to correct distance vision exclusively for cataract surgery. Single vision lenses provide only one focal point, typically distance, leaving people dependent upon reading glasses or bifocals after cataract surgery. Multifocal lens implants, such as the +3 Add ReSTOR® lens, are designed to improve vision at all distances with reduced dependency on glasses. This advancement in lens technology allows us to help maintain vision.
Contact Our Omaha Cataract Surgery Center
To learn more about cataract surgery and what lens implant option is best for you to call the Omaha & Lincoln Eye & Laser Institutes today. You may also schedule a cataract evaluation by calling 402-493- 2020 or scheduling the appointment online here!