Traditional Cataract Surgery is a safe and effective option for patients who have been diagnosed with cataracts and who are comfortable with continued use of glasses following surgery. In traditional cataract surgery, the blurry natural lens is extracted by the surgeon and replaced with a clear IntraOcular Lens, or IOL. This lens is permanent, and is a great choice for patients who want to see well at a distance and who don’t mind wearing glasses for near and medium distances.
Astigmatism is the misshaping of the cornea or lens, and is a common cause for poor or blurred vision for many patients. Typically, this is corrected through prescription glasses or contact lenses. When patients are diagnosed with cataracts as well as astigmatism, they have the opportunity to correct both during cataract surgery by having cataract surgery with Corneal Relaxing Incisions (or CRI). CRI is a great option for patients who are going to have Traditional Cataract Surgery and want to be less dependent on prescription glasses after surgery.
Laser cataract surgery utilizes the most advanced technology available to provide an unprecedented degree of precision and accuracy during cataract surgery. It is available for those who have been diagnosed with cataracts and astigmatism, or those who are candidates for advanced refractive lenses. The most complex parts of the surgery are performed with the precision of our LenSx laser. The laser also performs astigmatism correcting incisions (CRI) with that same degree of laser accuracy. For patients receiving an advanced refractive lens, the laser also provides the ability to precisely place the lens in the best position for optimal visual results.
In addition to the single focus IOL, McFarland’s offers a full suite of advanced refractive lenses for patients who prefer to reduce their dependence on glasses in their daily lives.
Once you have cataract surgery, you cannot upgrade to an advanced refractive lens. That’s why it is so important to really think about this decision ahead of time. We always strive to answer your questions and help you through this decision process. We understand that your lifetime of good vision depends on it.