At Yaldo Eye Center, we believe in offering our patients options in their surgical care. We understand that there is no one-size-fits-all solution, and we want our patients to have choices. Our cataract surgeons utilizes two types of cataract removal methods: traditional cataract surgery and laser cataract surgery. Also, we use several different types of intraocular lenses (IOL) to restore vision after cataract removal. When you come in for your cataract surgery consultation, we will review the advantages of each approach and type of IOL, and help you decide the best fit for your needs.
Laser Cataract Surgery
Laser cataract surgery is a modern twist on traditional cataract removal. Integrating lasers into cataract removal has enhanced the safety, speed and precision of the procedure. During laser cataract surgery, our surgeon substitutes a femtosecond laser for traditional surgical instruments to perform several critical steps of the procedure. He uses the laser to make extremely clean and precise incisions to access the cataractous lens. Then, the laser delivers short pulses of light to the lens to soften and break it up into pieces. Our surgeon has found the cataract surgery outcomes to be more consistent when a laser is employed.
Intraocular lenses replace the cataract-diseased lens that is removed during cataract surgery. At Yaldo Eye Center, we offer several types of intraocular lenses (IOLs), each designed with different features to accommodate our patients’ unique needs.
ReStor, Crystalens and Tecnis Multifocal Lenses
Traditional monofocal IOLs are great for improving vision at one distance; however, having traditional monofocal IOLs requires wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses to see objects close by.
Premium IOLs are designed to restore a full range of vision without the need for reading glasses or contacts. These multifocal or accommodative models, like ReStor, Crystalens and Tecnis, correct vision at near, intermediate and far distances.
It’s important to understand that premium IOLs usually have an extra cost associated with them. Because premium lenses offer additional benefits (i.e., benefits that traditional lenses do not offer), most health insurances, including Medicare, consider them luxury items, and therefore will not cover them.
Toric lenses are designed to correct astigmatism, a condition in which the cornea is irregularly shaped and the eye cannot properly focus light. Toric lenses are also considered “premium” lenses.
Contact Us Today
If you would like more information about your cataract options, please contact our Detroit, Michigan cataract removal team by calling 1-800-398-3937 today.