When left untreated, cataract-related vision loss can be devastating and have a lasting impact on quality of life. The experienced doctors at Paragon Eye Associates previously known as Ford Eye Center in Arlington, Texas restore vision and quality of life through the innovative bladeless laser cataract surgery.
More than fifty percent of people over the age of 60, and many younger than that, suffer from cataracts. In fact, cataracts are so common it is said that everyone will develop a cataract if they live long enough.
A cataract is a progressive clouding of the eye’s natural lens that interferes with light passing through the retina. Cataract sufferers usually describe the condition as being similar to looking through a waterfall or piece of wax paper, with a gradual blurring or distortion of vision.
Reading may become for difficult and driving a car can actually become dangerous. Cataract sufferers may also be troubled by a bothersome glare, halos around lights, or even double vision. As the cataracts become worse, frequent changes in eyeglass prescriptions may become necessary.
Currently, there is no medical treatment to reverse or prevent the development of cataracts. Once they form, there is only one way to achieve clear vision again, and that is to physically remove the cataract or cloudy lens from inside the eye and replace it with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL).
In your parents’ or grandparents’ day, cataract surgery was considered to be quite risky, required a lengthy hospital stay, and was usually postponed for as long as possible. Today, cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed surgeries in the world. Advancements in technology and research have helped transform cataract surgery into a more comfortable outpatient procedure that allows patients to avoid the inconvenience and expense of staying in the hospital. It is a painless procedure and most patients see well enough to drive as quickly as the day after surgery.
Nearsightedness and farsightedness are common forms of visual distortions that we are familiar with. Astigmatism is another type of visual distortion that is often present with nearsightedness and farsightedness. All three of these distortions can usually be corrected by glasses or contact lenses.
Astigmatism is typically caused by the cornea (window of the eye) being shaped more like a football than a basketball. This causes images to focus at different points on the retina, resulting in blurry or double vision. Astigmatism can also be caused by similar irregularities in the shape of the natural lens inside the eye.
Several tools are now available to correct astigmatism including the use of a Toric IOL and/or the application of limbal relaxing incisions, otherwise known as LRIs. By choosing one of our Custom Vision Package, we can use all or a combination of these tools and techniques to address your astigmatism.
Presbyopia is a condition most people over the age of 45 experience that results in difficulty seeing up close without the aid of bifocals, trifocals, or reading glasses. This age-related condition is believed to be caused by a hardening of the lens inside the eye, making it difficult for the eye’s muscles to change its focus. Many people call presbyopia “long arm” disease because they find themselves having to push reading materials further away so they can focus.
Today, cataract surgery has several lens implant options that minimize the need for glasses or contact lenses and give back the ability to have distance and near vision. There are several presbyopia-correcting (Multifocal) lens options available, and your surgeon will recommend the best options for you to meet your post-operative vision goals.
LenSx custom laser cataract surgery is the treatment of choice at Paragon Eye Associates.
Until now, standard cataract procedures and custom cataract surgeries were performed manually where the surgeon used a blade for all of the incisions and other portions of the procedure. A manual procedure allows for a margin of error that can affect outcomes. With the introduction of the first FDA cleared Custom Cataract laser, the LenSx femtosecond cataract laser, surgeons at Paragon Eye Associates now have the ability to create incisions and reduce astigmatism without blades with the precision of a laser. Microscopic corneal incisions are made using the laser to reduce mild astigmatism at the time of Custom Cataract Surgery. Your surgeon may recommend the use of the LenSx Custom Cataract Laser to manage your astigmatism with one of the Custom Vision Packages
Surgeons at Paragon Eye Associates utilize a special surgical confirmation tool which helps customize your vision even further during all Custom Cataract surgery procedures. The ORA (Optiwave Refractive Analysis) intraoperative aberrometry system continuously monitors the measurements of a patient’s eye during their cataract surgery. This incredibly accurate, real-time display of the patient’s eye provides our surgeons with an unprecedented level or valuable information about the eye that allows them to customize each patient’s procedure to give them the best visual outcome. For patients with astigmatism, those who have had prior LASIK, PRK or RK, or those who are having a multifocal lens implanted, ORA with VerifyEye+ can improve the accuracy to help reduce the need for glasses after your procedure.
While standard cataract surgery is a wonderfully successful procedure, there are options for patients wishing to have less dependence on glasses and bifocals. For most cataract patients, life without glasses is something they either experienced when they were very young or they just dreamed about for most of their lives. Custom Cataract Surgery surpasses standard cataract surgery by including advanced testing, Custom Laser Surgery, ORA with VerifEye+, and providing the added benefit of using advanced technology IOLs to enhance your vision and provide you with decreased dependence on glasses. Custom Cataract Surgery primarily addresses presbyopia and astigmatism. These are the conditions that remain even after standard cataract surgery. Custom Cataract Surgery is also a great option for those who have had previous LASIK, PRK or RK surgery.
It is important to note that insurance and Medicare covers standard cataract surgery, but they do not cover the testing or options for Custom Cataract Surgery explained in this booklet.
The vast majority of patients who choose Custom Cataract Surgery can read a book, work on a computer, drive a car – day and night – and play golf or tennis with increased freedom from glasses. Learning that you have a cataract can cause concern, but once you understand how your vision may be improved, you may actually have reason to be excited about the possibilities.
Paragon Eye Associates now offers a variety of Custom Cataract Surgery options depending on your diagnosis and goals for your vision after cataract surgery. Talk with your surgeon about what you are a candidate for.
At Paragon Eye Associates, our goal is patient satisfaction. We strive to make every service achievable and affordable for all patients. For more information about our insurance policies or payment methods, please call our office.
Insurances that need referrals include UHC Health Select, Silberback (NTSP)(AARP MED), HealthSpring, Humana (NTSP), BCBS HMO, and Aetna Medicare Prime HMO (Dr. Ford only).
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