Mark Young, MD

Lincoln Eye & Laser Institute
Bryan Medical Plaza-East
1500 S. 48th Street, Suite 610
Lincoln, Nebraska 68506
(800) 768-6857

Mark Young, MD
Dr. Mark Young, MD

Serving patients seeking cataract surgery with intraocular lens implants (IOLs), including AcrySof Toric IOLs in Lincoln and the surrounding area

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The Lincoln Eye & Laser Institute was founded by Drs. John & James Liu in January 2006 and is currently led under the ophthalmology expertise of Dr. Mark Young, M.D. Dr. Young specializes in laser cataract surgery and has served the Nebraska community for over 18 years. Dr. Young is proud to be one of the most experienced surgeons in the state of Nebraska, having performed hundreds of advanced laser cataract procedures. Dr. Young is assisted by Dr. Staci Hanus, LELI's premier optometrist since 2007.

What Is a Cataract?

A cataract is a clouding of the eye's natural lens, which usually happens gradually with age and can make your vision less sharp over time. The lens, which is located behind the iris or colored portion of your eye, works like the lens of a camera. It focuses light images onto the retina in the back of your eye, which then sends those images to your brain. Although cataracts can happen at any age, they are the most common cause of vision loss in adults over 55.

More than 2 million cataract procedures will be performed nationwide this year alone. Here at Omaha Eye & Laser Institute, we offer the most advanced laser cataract surgery techniques with the LenSx laser in our exclusive on-site outpatient surgery center, an AAAHC-accredited surgery center that is dedicated solely to surgical eye care.

To schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Mark Young and learn more about your vision correction options, please contact Lincoln Eye & Laser Institute at (800) 768-6857.

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What Are the Symptoms of a Cataract?

Cataract symptoms can be difficult to recognize because they progress gradually. Cataracts can often be the reason behind increasingly blurred vision, dulled colors or decreased night vision due to glare, starbursts 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. Laser cataract surgery can now restore and even improve your vision in a brief 10 minute-treatment.

The Lincoln Eye & Laser Institute offers an unparalleled range of premium lens implant options to fit your unique lifestyle.

Intraocular Lenses

Intraocular lenses are artificial lenses that help restore visual function after removal of the cataract-diseased lens. Medicare and most insurance companies will cover the cost of a standard intraocular lens associated with cataract surgery. Toric, multifocal and accommodative IOLs are optional, and entail an additional cost as they are not covered by Medicare or medical insurance.

Standard lenses have one power and can help provide good distance vision in eyes with little or no astigmatism. Patients who select this lens will need to wear bifocals afterwards to fully correct their distance and near vision after surgery.

Toric lenses can correct varying degrees of astigmatism at the time of cataract surgery. Distance as well as near vision after surgery is sharpest when most of the astigmatism is neutralized during the procedure. Most patients who have toric lens implants can expect to see well enough to drive and watch TV without glasses but will still need reading glasses for activities such as reading, sewing and computer-related activities.

Accommodative Lenses

Crystalens accommodative lenses work by using the ciliary muscle in the patient's eye to move the lens back and forth to its best position of focus. They are most suitable for intermediate tasks such as working at the computer, and reading menus and dashboards. Most patients using the Crystalens will need a pair of weak readers when doing sustained reading, or performing very close tasks. However, this lens is not associated with the degree of night halos experienced by multifocal lens users.

Multifocal lenses can provide distance and near vision. The near vision is typically located at a fixed distance and is set at either 12 to 16 inches from the eye or 14 to 20 inches from the eye, depending on the type of multifocal lens. Multifocal implant patients will experience some degree of visible rings (or halos) around light sources at night. The halos may gradually become less noticeable over six months due to a process known as neuro-adaptation. Multifocal patients experience some of the highest degrees of vision independence from glasses after surgery; 80-90 percent of multifocal lens implant patients state that they rarely have to use glasses after surgery, and nearly 90 percent of multifocal lens patients report being very satisfied with their vision, and would recommend multifocal lenses to their friends.

Dr. Mark Young performs laser cataract surgery using the LenSx laser, which promotes higher levels of precision, safety and patient comfort. He begins cataract surgery by using the LenSx femtosecond laser to create a small, self-sealing incision in the eye and break up the cataractous lens. The pieces of the lens are then extracted from the eye. Once this is accomplished, he inserts an intraocular lens implant (IOL) designed to restore clear vision. Dr. Young offers a range of IOLs to treat patients with varying needs, including the multifocal AcrySof ReSTOR, Tecnis, the accommodating Crystalens, which can also be used to correct presbyopia, and AcrySof Toric for the correction of astigmatism. He uses the latest IOL Master technology to obtain the most accurate measurements, which helps him assist his patients in choosing the right IOL

Dr. Young performs surgeries at the Omega Surgery Centers LLC, which is a Medicare approved outpatient surgery center that is equipped with the latest and most advanced surgical lasers and other eye care technologies. This allows Dr. Young to offer a range of comprehensive eye care treatments, including advanced cataract surgery, all laser "bladeless" Custom LASIK, ICL implants, refractive lens exchange (RLE) and an array of medical and surgical treatments of eye diseases.

More about Dr. Mark Young

Mark Young, MD, was board certified in ophthalmology in 1996. He earned his medical degree at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and completed residency training in ophthalmology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver. Dr. Young has extensive experience with bladeless, no-stitch cataract surgery, as well as LASIK surgery, glaucoma filtering surgery, pterygium surgery and eyelid plastic surgery. He has been a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology since 1995.

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