Am I a candidate for cataract surgery?
Sometime after age 50, most of us are likely to hear our eye doctor say, "You have cataracts."
Cataracts are opacities of the eye lens as a result of a number of different factors and become more prevalent with age. Diabetes, prolonged exposure to sunlight, tobacco use and alcohol consumption are all contributors. Cataracts affect millions of people around the world and are currently the number one cause of preventable blindness.
Although surgery is the only effective method of treating vision loss caused by cataracts, it can be delayed for months or even years. A good deal of people with cataracts get along appropriately with the help of eyeglasses, contacts, and other vision aids. Whether surgery is needed for a person with cataracts depends on the degree of vision loss and the extent to which it affects quality of life and ability to function.
Founded by Dr. Randal Pham, Vision Specialist is a network of eye care professionals that utilize a rigurous protocol to find the right cataract treatment depending on the patient's specific condition and needs. Our optometrists, retina specialists, and cataract surgeons will collaborate on every aspect of the cataract treatment, from pre-operative screening to post-operative management.
Cataract Frequently Asked Questions
What is cataract?
A cataract is a condition in which the lens of the eye becomes clouded or opaque. When this occurs, visual disturbances (such as glare or fuzzy vision) may make daily activities more difficult.
What is cataract surgery?
Cataract surgery is the most frequently performed surgical procedure in the world. In traditional cataract surgery, the surgeon uses hand held instruments to manually create a circular opening in the outer shell of the cataract. Next, the surgeon uses instruments to break up and remove the cataract. Finally, the surgeon implants an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) inside the remaining shell to replace the natural lens.
In recent years, laser technology (which is used in procedures like LASIK) has been incorporated into cataract surgery to enhance the precision and accuracy of the procedure. Dr. Pham uses the CATALYS® Precision Laser System from OptiMedica. It is the world’s most sophisticated laser cataract surgery system. The result of years of development and clinical study, the CATALYS® system delivers industry-leading precision and a premium experience for patients.
How does laser cataract surgery work?
The CATALYS® Precision Laser System features a state-of-the-art laser, advanced 3D imaging, sophisticated software, and other unique features that deliver a precise, customized procedure with exceptional patient comfort.
The CATALYS® system enables surgeons like Dr. Pham to create a perfectly sized, shaped, and centered circular incision to access, break up, and remove the cataract. This precise and accurate incision allows Dr. Pham to place the artificial intraocular lens (IOL) in the exact intended position. Using the CATALYS® system, the cataract is removed much more easily and very gently. With the help of sophisticated laser pattern scanning technology, Dr. Pham can create grid-like patterns in the cataract to aid in its break-up and removal.
Is laser cataract surgery safe?
Absolutely. Dr. Pham’s CATALYS® system uses advanced 3D mapping and image-guidance software that ensures that the laser pulses are delivered only to the intended treatment area, protecting the surrounding eye anatomy. In addition, the CATALYS® system allows for gentler and easier cataract removal.
With the CATALYS® system, each individual treatment is pre-programmed into the system to improve accuracy and reduce the total procedure time. In addition, the CATALYS® system is uniquely designed to maximize patient comfort.
How precise is laser cataract surgery?
The CATALYS® system delivers precision that is unmatched in the industry, producing incisions that are accurate within tens of microns. To put this level of accuracy into perspective, the average width of a single hair is 85 microns. This precision allows Dr. Pham to place the intraocular lens (IOL) in a patient’s eye with the utmost accuracy.