What are Cataracts?
We are committed to providing a thorough education for patients seeking treatment for their cataracts and determining the most effective treatment plan for each patient on an individual basis. All options are discussed including Maxximum Technology Cataract Surgery (MTCS). No evaluation is complete without time for the patient and family to ask the doctor and staff questions.
Cataracts are a clouding of the eyes’ natural lens. Because they block light from passing through the lens, cataracts make it difficult to see clearly and can even cause blindness over time. Cataracts are progressive, meaning they worsen with time. Although cataracts are more common in older adults, people in their 30s, 40s, or even younger can also develop cataracts. Some cataracts are associated with injuries, medications, inflammation, and certain systemic diseases such as diabetes.
For most of our lives, our eyes provide us with good vision, though many of us may require glasses, contact lenses, or refractive surgery to sharpen that vision. Cataracts are far and away the most common treatable cause of poor vision.
What are symptoms of cataracts?
- Clouded, blurred, or dim vision
- Increasing difficulty with vision at night
- Sensitivity to light and glare
- Seeing “halos” around lights
- Frequent changes in eyeglass or contact lens prescription
- Fading or yellowing of colors
- Double vision in a single eye
Watch the video below to learn more about the cause, symptoms, and treatment of Cataracts.
Modern cataract surgery is performed using ultrasound energy to break up and remove the cataract. For many years, surgeons have replaced the eye’s old, cloudy, or discolored lens with a new, clear acrylic or silicone intraocular lens (IOL). This IOL will then do the focusing for the eye.
The most common form of IOLs for cataract surgery are referred to as monofocal, which are designed to correct vision at one distance. However, Dr. Ginsberg may offer you one of our Maxximum Technology Cataract Surgery (MTCS) options. With new advancements in refractive cataract surgery and premium IOLs combined with the latest diagnostic technology, many cataract patients can have better vision after Maxximum Technology Cataract Surgery than they had before they developed a cataract.
This procedure is routinely and safely performed by Dr. Ginsberg at our outpatient surgery facility located closest to you. Most visits to the surgery facility only last a couple of hours and then the patient returns home with a short clinic followup visit the next day.
When Should I Consider Cataract Surgery?
Cataract surgery is usually recommended when people feel their quality of life is affected and their ability to perform normal activities (driving, reading or sports) is compromised. When cataract symptoms begin, you may be able to cope temporarily with a new prescription for your glasses, stronger bifocals, magnification, increased lighting or other visual aids.
When you feel that your blurred vision interferes with your day-to-day life, surgical remedies should be considered.
What is Maxximum Technology Cataract Surgery (MTCS)?
MTCS involves a complete evaluation of the patient’s eyes and cataract type. A thorough evaluation and discussion of the patient’s lifestyle and end goals following cataract surgery is done. We will want to know what you would like your eyes to be able to do once the surgery is complete. How much freedom from spectacles or contact lenses do you desire? Every person is different and every situation is different. We will help guide you to the right outcome for you.
This is done through the use of the most state of the art diagnostic equipment in the clinic. A complete eye exam is done by Dr. Ginsberg and then followed by a set of diagnostic scans of the entire eye to decide which IOL is appropriate for your eyes and will allow you to achieve your final visual goals. Dr. Ginsberg will then sit down and explain what the best options are for you and answer any questions you might have.
Dr. Ginsberg has extensive experience with all intraocular lenses available in the United States and some not available here yet. This allows him to combine surgical skills and experience with his knowledge of your desires to match the appropriate lens with your eye.
At Ginsberg Eye, we are happy to offer no IV cataract surgery to our patients! Instead of using traditional anesthesia that requires an IV, our cataract surgery patients can take a small capsule that provides the necessary medication for surgery. Additionally, we offer no-needle cataract surgery which allows our cataract surgeons to perform cataract surgery without the use of needles or injections around the eyes.
- Multifocal IOLs
- Extended Depth of Focus IOLs
- Accommodating IOLs
- Toric or Astigmatism Correcting IOLs
- Aspheric Monofocal IOLs
- Standard Monofocal IOLs