Eyesight Ophthalmic Services
Thank you for choosing our practice. At Eyesight Ophthalmic Services, we strive to provide the best quality of care and customized vision solutions for our patients. This specific information is offered to our patients 40 years old and over so that you have the opportunity to be fully informed before any decisions need to be made.
Cataracts are a normal part of the aging process. The older you get, the more likely you are to develop a cataract. Being diagnosed with a cataract may seem frightening at first. However, due to advancements in technology, cataract surgery is considered to be one of the safest and most successful surgeries in the United States today.
A cataract is a clouding of all or part of the normally clear lens within your eye, which results in blurred or distorted vision. Cataracts are most often found in persons over age 55, but they are also occasionally found in younger people. A cataract can progress until eventually there is a complete loss of vision in your eye, and neither diet nor laser treatments such as LASIK will make the cataract go away. Cataract surgery can help restore your vision long before you experience loss of vision significant enough to interfere with your daily activities.Email the Surgeon
At Eyesight Ophthalmic Services, we offer the most advanced options to customize your vision with cataract surgery, based on your individual lifestyle and needs. Based on our findings during your initial examination, we will inform you of which lens is the best option for you. Here, you will find information that will help you understand three different options:
With single-vision lens implants, there is a very high likelihood that you will need glasses for most near-vision activities after surgery, even if you do not wear near-vision glasses before surgery. These activities include such things as reading, applying makeup, shaving, sewing, reading your watch, dialing numbers on a cell phone, and baiting fishhooks. Medicare and most private insurance carriers will pay 80% of your cataract surgery and the monofocal lens. This is considered basic coverage.
New technology implants, such as AcrySof® ReSTOR® and Tecnis® Multifocal lenses, are designed to provide a full range of vision--near, far and everything in between. Based on FDA clinical data, 80% or more of patients never need glasses again for any activities. Those who do need glasses need them only for very specific tasks. The goal of a multifocal lens is to allow you to live a spectacle-free life, to see things near and far without glasses.
Although LASIK can satisfy the need for distance vision glasses, patients over 45 still require reading glasses for intermediate (computer distance) and near vision. The Crystalens is designed to mimic the eye's natural process of accommodation. Near and intermediate vision result from the action of the focusing muscle in the eye, called the ciliary muscle. This muscle changes the power and thus the focus of the natural lens. This enables the eye to automatically focus to provide distance, intermediate, and near vision. As we age, the natural lens hardens and cannot bend to allow this range of vision. The Crystalens is the only lens implant that has flexible hinges that allow it to bend with the ciliary muscle to imitate the way a patient's natural lens used to work. Other monofocal IOLs are fixed and stationary within the eye.
The AcrySof® Toric lens is specifically designed to address those who have a significant amount of astigmatism. In years past, cataract surgery removed the cataract, but a patient with high astigmatism still required glasses for near and distance vision. The design of the AcrySof® Toric lens makes it possible to reduce or eliminate astigmatism and significantly improve uncorrected distance vision.
If freedom from eyeglasses is important to you, you now have better options. Premium implantable intraocular lenses (IOLs) are available to not only correct your vision for distance, but can also correct for intermediate vision, near vision and/or astigmatism. In addition, after an IOL procedure, any need for cataract surgery later in life is eliminated.
To learn more, please call our office toll free at 1-888-222-EYES to schedule a diagnostic appointment to see if you are a candidate for these exciting procedures. We also encourage you to research the various types of IOLs available by visiting us at www.eyesightnh.com.
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