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Cataract Surgery: Alternative Premium Options During Surgery
Posted on 12/05/2016

Cataract Surgery: Alternative Premium Options During Surgery

Cataract Surgery_ Alternative Premium Options During Surgery

At Callahan Eye Clinic, we’re proud to offer the most advanced, state-of-the-art technology available. Beyond, we’re fortunate to have a doctor like Dr. Callahan who is able to make full use of this technology, so you’re able to receive the best eye care possible. Nevertheless, we are asked by patients frequently what options there are other than the standard intraocular lenses during cataract surgery because the standard intraocular lenses can still require patients to wear glasses even after surgery. This blog will help you explore alternative methods and premium IOLs that can enhance the benefits of your cataract surgery and allow you to live a glasses-free life.  

The Traditional Lenses of Cataract Surgery

During a standard cataracts eye procedure, Callahan Eye Clinic removes the natural, clouded lens in your eye and replaces it with an artificial lens implant that allows you to see clearly in the distance. Traditional intraocular lenses are only able to correct for near-sighted or far-sightedness—not both. This requires most patients to rely on over the counter reading glasses to see at near distances following cataract surgery. However, there are other premium intraocular lenses that can be placed in the eye during cataract surgery so you can see without ever having to worry about eyeglasses again!  

Premium Intraocular Lenses (IOLs) & Monovision

Premium intraocular lenses, though a bit more expensive, offer much ease of mind to you. Imagine: you never have to worry about glasses and you’re able to see at all distances. Premium intraocular lenses are more customized to solve specific eye conditions and allow those with such to see better than traditional IOLs. This provides more comfort for you and rids your eyes of blurriness at all distances.  

  • Toric Intraocular Lenses (Toric IOLs): For those with a high amount of astigmatism (those with a curvature of their cornea), this type of premium lens is likely the best option because it fixes both your near-sightedness or far-sightedness and your astigmatism. This lens eliminates the need for prescription glasses to correct your astigmatism following cataract surgery. Nonetheless, this lens can only be used if you have a high astigmatism and therefore may not be best for all undergoing cataract surgery.
  • Multifocal Intraocular Lenses (Multifocal IOLs): Multifocal lenses correct patients to see clearly at both near and far distances. This eliminates the need to wear reading glasses after cataract surgery. However, due to the powerful design, some patients may experience halos or glare around lights at night.
  • Monovision: Another option includes placing two different lenses in each eye. That is, one eye is then corrected for near-sightedness while the other is corrected for far-sightedness. This eliminates the need for prescription glasses or reading glasses after cataract surgery, as well. However, this treatment is only recommended if you’re use to wearing different powered contact lenses in each eye, so then there is no discomfort with the sight difference. The best part about this option is that it comes at no additional expense to patients. 

A More Precise Measurement Of Your Eye: Optiwave Refractive Analysis (ORA) System 

It’s always good to measure something twice before conducting alterations. The Optiwave Refractive Analysis System (ORA for short) allows Dr. Callahan to do just that. Prior to cataract surgery, we measure your eyes to determine which lens power would best suite your eyes. These measurements generally do a great job with most patients. However, if you have, or have had, an eye-altering event such as corneal issues, prior refractive surgery (RK or LASIK), very dense or large cataracts, or a high astigmatism the measurements of the traditional method may result in a wrong lens power being assigned. This can lead to poor eyesight even after having surgery. Never fear, however, because there is a device that is able to precisely measure the eye after Dr. Callahan has begun eye surgery, the Optiwave Refractive Analysis (ORA) system.

After Dr. Callahan has removed the measurement obstructing opaque lens and/or cornea, the Optiwave Refractive Analysis System is able to precisely measure your eye to determine the right powered lens. Callahan Eye Clinic always using this device for the toric procedure, or for those who’ve had LASIK or RK in the past, but this device is a fantastic way to ensure the right powered lens is chosen for the eye no matter the circumstances. With this, while use of the ORA does cost a bit more, we always recommend this device to ensure precise measurements and you’re able to have the correct lenses following cataract surgery. 

Contact Callahan Eye Clinic In Birmingham, AL Today

We hope you’ve found this article informative and you now feel more prepared to achieve premier results of cataract surgery with Callahan Eye Clinic. Our eye doctors have served the Birmingham community for a long time and always go to great measure to ensure you’re able to live a happy and healthy life with great eye care. Contact us today to schedule your next appointment, or complete an online appointment request form.