The surgeons of Delray Eye Associates, PA provide custom cataract surgery with intraocular lenses. This procedure has helped patients throughout South Florida live free of the vision-obscuring effects of cataracts. With the use of the most sophisticated premium intraocular lenses even refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and presbyopia can be corrected.
Cataracts are deposits of protein that cloud the eye's lens, thereby affecting vision. The protein buildup is generally a result of aging or other factors such as diabetes or the use of steroids. There are three types of cataracts: subcapsular cataracts, which form at the back of the lens; nuclear cataracts, which develop in the middle of the lens; and cortical cataracts, which start at the outside edge of the lens and gradually grow toward the center.
Patients experience blurred or dull vision as well as sensitivity to bright lights. This light sensitivity can make driving difficult, particularly at night (due to glare from oncoming headlights) or during bright, sunny conditions. These symptoms can initially be treated with glasses or other visual aids. However, once the cataracts grow to a degree that seriously impairs vision, surgery becomes the only effective treatment option. Cataract surgery should be performed when the visual impairment is interfering with one's quality of life.
This surgery involves the removal of the hard, cloudy lens, or cataract. In most cases, the cataract is replaced with an artificial lens implant known as an intraocular lens (IOL). There are many lens options, each tailored to the individual needs of our patients. Toric lenses can correct astigmatism. Presbyopia-correcting lenses such as Crystalens, ReSTOR and the Tecnis Multifocal can correct reading vision as well as distance vision and allow a decreased dependence on reading glasses.
We routinely perform small-incision, no-stitch cataract surgery. Our cataract patient receives eye drops to dilate the pupil as well as topical or peribulbar anesthesia to numb the eye. Next, the surgeon makes a small incision in the eye and uses ultrasound to break up and remove the lens, a process known as "phacoemulsification." Once the natural lens is removed, the artificial lens, which is made of acrylic or silicone, is inserted into the eye through the same small incision. Due to the small size of the incision, stitches are usually not needed following the procedure.
As leading IOLs providers, the surgeons of Delray Eye Associates offer several types of lenses, including Crystalens, ReSTOR, Tecnis Multifocal and AcrySof Toric. Crystalens is an "accommodating" lens, meaning that it moves in the eye to accommodate, or focus, at both near and far objects. ReSTOR and Tecnis Multifocal are multifocal lenses containing zones that focus at different distances. AcrySof Toric is an astigmatism-correcting lens that restores clear distance vision for patients with astigmatism. After examining your eyes and discussing your goals, your Delray Eye Associates, PA surgeon will recommend the lens that will best meet your vision needs.
Following cataract surgery, your Delray Eye Associates surgeon will provide you with detailed postoperative instructions regarding the use of eye drops and other steps to take to aid the healing process. If surgery is needed in both eyes, the surgeon will typically allow one eye to heal for a few weeks before performing surgery on the other. In the vast majority of cases, our cataracts patients are thrilled with their newfound ability to see clearly. Often this can be achieved both near and far without the need for corrective eyewear.
If you would like to schedule a one-on-one consultation with one of our cataract surgeons or learn more about your treatment options, please contact our Boca Raton / Delray Beach cataract surgery offices at (561) 498-8100 or (561) 734-0267.