The risk of cataract increases as you get older. Other risk factors for cataract include:
Smoking or significant alcohol consumption.
Prolonged exposure to ultraviolet radiation from sunlight and other sources
Prolonged use of corticosteroid medications
What is Femtosecond Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery?
The Catalys® Precision Laser System combines a state-of-the-art femtosecond laser and advanced 3D Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) imaging to complete many of the critical steps of cataract surgery that were previously performed manually with hand-held instruments. Using a laser to complete these steps increases precision, accuracy and safety during cataract surgery.
The most important benefit of Femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery (FLACS) is that it is gentle on the eye. The laser softens the lens resulting in less ultrasound energy being necessary to complete the procedure. This prevents excessive trauma and potential damage to the cornea.
What is a Cataract?
A cataract is the clouding of the eye’s natural lens usually because of age. The lens is mostly made of water and protein. The protein is arranged in a precise way that keeps the lens clear and allows light to pass through it. As we age, the lens clouds in everyone, making it harder to see. The cloudy lens (cataract) is then replaced surgically with the appropriate new intraocular lens to provide clear vision.
How is a cataract treated?
A cataract needs to be removed only when vision loss interferes with your everyday activities, such as driving, reading, or watching TV. You and your eye care professional can make this decision together. Once you understand the benefits and risks of surgery, you can make an informed decision about whether cataract surgery is right for you. Surgery involves removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with an artificial lens.
Sometimes a cataract should be removed even if it does not cause problems with your vision. For example, a cataract should be removed if it prevents examination or treatment of another eye problem, such as age-related macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy.
What are the advantages of laser cataract surgery over traditional cataract surgery?
In traditional cataract surgery, incisions are made using handheld blades. With the Catalys, incisions are made with exceptional precision and accuracy. The circular opening is created the exact intended size, shape and location. The laser is then used to break up and soften the hard cataract. Softening the lens with the Catalys laser enables the surgeon to remove the cataract with significantly less ultrasound energy than is used in traditional manual cataract surgery. This gentle, low energy approach reduces inflammation and helps speed visual recovery.
Will I be able to see immediately after cataract surgery?
You will see after the procedure but it will take anywhere from 2 days to 3 weeks for your vision to stabilize. It is not unusual to have blurry vision for a few days after your surgery as your eye is healing.
What is a TECNIS® Symfony Extended Range of Vision Intraocular lens?
The TECNIS® Symfony Extended Range of Vision IOL is the first and only presbyopia-correcting extended range of vision IOL designed to provide high quality vision over a continuous range of distance including far, intermediate and near. This seamless transition between distance and near vision reduces the incidence of glare and halos that are normally associated with a multifocal intraocular lens. The Symfony IOL is not likely to affect night vision or reduce contrast sensitivity. It provides sharp vision in all lighting conditions.
Do I need Glasses after Cataract Surgery?
Measurements are done prior to cataract surgery to determine the correct IOL power for your eye. The IOL Master and Biograph are highly accurate devices that utilize laser technology to acquire these measurements. The most common form of IOL’s for cataract surgery are monofocal, designed to correct vision at one distance. With modern cataract surgery, the surgical procedure can now be combined with refractive surgery. Advanced Refractive Cataract Surgery is designed not only to provide excellent distance vision without glasses but also to reduce and, in most cases eliminate the need for reading glasses when possible. Many cataract patients have better vision after surgery than they had before they developed a cataract.
Does OHIP cover cataract surgery?
Cataract surgery is routinely and safely performed by Herzig Eye Institute surgeons in hospital and is covered by OHIP. At Herzig Eye Institute, we offer you the option of our Advanced Refractive Cataract Treatments performed at the Herzig Eye Institute. With new advancements in refractive cataract surgery and premium intraocular lenses, many cataract patients can have better vision after Advanced Refractive Cataract Surgery than they had before they developed a cataract.
What are the symptoms of a cataract?
The most common symptoms of a cataract are:
Cloudy or blurry vision.
Colors may look faded.
Glare or halo around lights. Headlights, lamps, or sunlight may appear too bright.
Poor night vision.
Double vision or multiple images in one eye.
Frequent prescription changes in your eyeglasses or contact lenses.