TriCounty Eye Institute is known for bringing advanced microsurgical techniques and lens implant technology to area residents. The word cataract comes from the Greek word for waterfall. A cataract is the natural clouding of the normally clear lens of the eye resulting in a gradual deterioration of vision. Cataracts affect over 73 percent of seniors age 65 and older in the United States today and millions of cataract procedures are successfully performed annually.
*Vision with Cataract
*Cataract image is based on artist interpretation only!
A cataract blocks the passage of light coming into the eye that is needed to see clearly. They form slowly over time, and can cause a painless, gradual decline in vision. Some cataracts stay small and hardly affect vision at all, but when the cataract becomes cloudier it may be time to remove it surgically.
The most common complaint we hear from cataract patients is that reading and driving have become difficult. Sensitivity to light, glare and halos around lights, colors that are faded or fuzzy looking, frequent changes in eye glass prescriptions, and double vision are all common symptoms of cataracts. A recent study in the national medical journal, Archives of Ophthalmology, found that older drivers with cataracts, even in only one eye, were at increased risk for car accidents. The study of 274 older drivers, who thought they had good vision, found there were six times more likely to be involved in an accident.
Cataracts develop for a variety of reasons, but the most common is that as we age the lens of our eye hardens and begins to yellow. The development of a cataract can also be due to heredity, trauma to the eye, diabetes, the long term use of oral steroids, smoking and glaucoma. Some scientist even think cataracts are caused by exposure to ultraviolet light.
Cataracts are one of the most treatable causes of vision loss. Currently, there are no medications, eye drops, exercises, or lasers that can treat cataracts. To achieve clear vision, the cataract must be removed surgically. Cataract surgery is one of the most common and successful procedures performed in the U.S. today...restoring clear vision in 96% of cases.
Modern-day cataract surgery remains one of the safest and most common surgical procedures performed today. Patients at TriCounty Eye Institute enjoy the additional benefit of having their cataract procedure performed in the comfort, safety and convenience of our Medicare-Approved Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC). This outpatient method of surgery also provides the most cost-effective cataract procedure for both patients and the insurance industry alike.
poor Reading Vision
difficulty Driving At Night
halos & glare around lights
colors appear dull
frequent changes in eye glasses
Whether or not you have a Cataract is determined by Dr. Schneider during a thorough comprehensive eye examination. Once you have been diagnosed with cataracts, Dr. Schneider will recommend one of several options including surgery or a change in your eye glass prescription along with frequent monitoring of changes in your vision. Typically, when decreased vision affects everyday activities or hobbies, the cataract should be treated. The procedure is typically covered by most major medical plans and Medicare.
Cataract Surgery at TriCounty Eye Institute
For over twenty years, Dr. Mark Schneider and his experienced team of vision experts have been performing advanced treatment for the removal of cataracts. Dr. Schneider was one of first surgeons in the TriCounty area to perform the clear cornea, no-stitch cataract procedure. This advanced surgical technique offers our patients a safe, comfortable procedure with a rapid recovery of vision for a quick return to normal daily activities recovery so you can quickly see the important things in life!
How are Cataracts Treated?
Advanced state-of-the-art surgical techniques and artificial lenses contribute significantly to restoring natural vision. The cataract procedure uses a small incision that is less that 3 millimeters in length is made in the side of the cornea. An ultrasonic probe (phacoemulsifier) is then used to dissolve and gently remove the cataract. An artificial intraocular lens is inserted through a tiny 2mm to 3mm incision which seals itself naturally. This advanced technique eliminates the need for stitches. The small incision technique allows for rapid healing and a quick recovery of vision. Most patients return to their normal routines within a day or two.
Today’s single vision and multi-focal artificial lenses allow Dr. Schneider to replace the natural lens of your eye, which has become cloudy due to cataracts, with the best choice to optimize your vision. These lenses can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism reducing your dependency on reading glasses and bifocals, often for the very first time.
A monofocal IOL, or single focus lens, is designed to provide clear distance vision. This means you will be able to see objects that are far away. However, you will need glasses for reading and any type of close, detailed work following surgery. Millions of monofocal IOLs have been successfully implanted providing patients with clear distance vision.
Correcting Distance and Near Vision with a Multifocal IOL
Previous lens replacement technologies correct distance vision leaving patients dependent upon reading glasses, or bifocals, after cataract surgery. Recent advances now make it possible for you to read magazines, newspapers and computer screens, while still clearly seeing objects at a distance, without depending on glasses. Studies support patients who chose the advanced lifestyle lens options are spectacle free for all activities over 80% of the time. In addition, for the Clear Lens refractive surgery patients over the age of 50 (presbyopic patients without cataracts), multifocal lenses can restore the lost near point of focus.
What Can I Expect on the Day of Surgery?
For the convenience of his patients Dr. Schneider performs cataract surgery on site in the Medicare approved, ambulatory Corona Outpatient Surgicenter. You will need to bring someone with you to stay during your procedure and to drive you home. Once you have arrived at the center, you will be greeted by one of our staff who will review your paperwork, your post-operative care instructions and escort you to the surgery center. Following your procedure, a shield will be placed over your eye for protection and after a short recovery period you will be able to return home.
Dr. Schneider Answers Common Questions About Cataracts
How Are Cataracts Detected?
We are able to determine if you have a cataract during your comprehensive eye health examination. Cataracts are easily detected, and you and your doctor will decide together if your vision can be improved through a change in your eye wear prescription, or whether it is time to consider surgery. Our team of cataract experts will perform several tests test to determine how much your vision has been affected by a cataract. But typically, when decreased vision affects your everyday activities or hobbies, a cataract should be treated.
Can Cataracts Be Prevented Or Reversed?
Currently there is no medical treatment to reverse or prevent the development of cataracts. Once they form, the only one way to achieve clear vision again is through cataract surgery.
Will The Surgery Be Painful?
Cataract surgery is not painful. You may experience mild light sensitivity for a few days following your procedure. A special pair of sunglasses will be given to you in your post-operative kit. Most patients find wearing these sunglasses takes care of this problem.
TriCounty Eye Institute is a participating Medicare provider and accepts most major insurance plans. Typically, Medicare will cover most fees associated with cataract surgery with little out of pocket expense for the single focus lens. Patients are responsible for any co-payments and deductibles that may apply, and the additional cost of the lifestyle lens if this lens type is selected.
The insurance specialists in our office will be happy to assist you with any questions you may have and will provide you with a detailed review of your plan coverage and any out of pocket costs.