To help you make a more ʻinformed decisionʼ about having cataract surgery, the leading cataract specialists of Connecticut Eye Consultants have put together this helpful community service guide.
A cataract is a slow, progressive clouding of the eye's natural lens. It interferes with light passing through the eye to the retina. Cataracts are caused by a change in the proteins of the eye, which causes clouding or discoloration of the lens. Over time cataracts typically result in blurred or fuzzy vision and sensitivity to light.
People with progressed cataracts often describe the sensation as looking through a piece of wax paper. A cataract may make light from the sun or a lamp seem too bright, causing glare. Colors may not appear as bright as they once did, however, most cataracts develop so slowly that people usually don't realize that their color vision has markedly deteriorated. Oncoming headlights may cause uncomfortable glare at night, making driving more difficult.
Modern cataract surgery is done with a small incision phacoemulsification technique. This surgery is often referred to as micro-surgery and is performed in a hospital or sterile surgical environment. After the surgical area has been cleaned and topical anesthesia is administered; a small incision is made. An ultra-sonic needle then removes the cataract from the eye. This is accomplished using a needle-like ultrasonic device, which pulverizes the hardened and yellowed lens proteins. The pulverized material is simultaneously vacuumed from the eye.
Once all of the cataract material has been removed, and assuming that the lens capsule which was opened at the beginning of the surgery remains strong enough to support the lens implant, a folded intraocular lens specifically chosen by the surgeon to suit your individual needs is then inserted through the original incision and maneuvered into the lens capsule and then centered. The lens will remain inside your eye in this location without moving. Intraocular lenses cannot be felt or sensed in any way by the patient.
There is a wide range of lens implants available to cataract patients. The most effective lens depends on each patient’s individual preferences and goals for their vision. Please speak to your doctor about your lens options. IOL Implants: Lens Replacement After Cataracts
→ Standard/Monofocal Lens - These lenses are typically covered by insurance or Medicare, these lenses provide clear distance vision. However, you will likely still need glasses for reading and possibly for distance vision, particularly if you already have pre-existing astigmatism.
→ Multifocal Lens - Most of these lenses correct vision near, far and in-between, for your best chance at freedom of glasses. It is also available in a toric model for patients with astigmatism. This premium lens is NOT covered by insurance.
→ Extended Depth of Focus Lens - These lenses provide clear near, intermediate and distance vision, as well as points in between, reducing patient dependence on glasses. It is also available in a toric model for patients with astigmatism. This premium lens is NOT covered by insurance.
→ Toric (Astigmatism) Lens - These lenses are designed to correct astigmatism at the time of surgery for clear distance vision, usually without the need for glasses. However, you will still need glasses for reading. This premium lens is NOT covered by insurance.
→ Accommodating Lens - This lens moves inside as the eye’s focusing muscle contracts, mimicking the eye’s natural ability to focus. This lens can provide vision at multiple distances, near, immediate and distance vision. This premium lens is NOT covered by insurance.
Our doctors will determine which lens best fits your vision needs and lifestyle.
(NOTE - Final visual outcomes can be different for each person)
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Whether you are seeking premium or standard cataract surgery, Connecticut Eye Consultants has Connecticut's most experienced team. We invite you to get comfortable with all aspects of this surgery by utilizing the full resources of our practice. We would be happy to send an information packet to your home or to call you to set up a consultation with one of our surgeons.
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