AIO is the first eye surgical practice in Western Pennsylvania to offer Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery. In 2012, we acquired the newest FDA-approved technology for treating cataracts – the Alcon® LenSx® Laser.
In the early days of cataract surgery, patients endured a long and somewhat painful recovery time, with unpredictable visual results. Over the past 20 years, AIO’s cataract surgeons have been at the forefront of further developed surgical technique and technology. These improvements have allowed us to utilize outpatient surgery to perform topical, sutureless cataract surgery with an operating time of 5-10 minutes, resulting in enhanced visual outcomes.
Now at AIO, we have implemented the most advanced cataract removal system currently available. Our surgeons perform blade-free laser cataract surgery. This is the same laser technology we have been using for more than a decade in bladeless LASIK surgery to achieve excellent outcomes.
The femtosecond technology of the LenSx® Laser allows surgeons to make an opening into the lens, create corneal incisions, correct astigmatism, and perform lens fragmentation by using a laser instead of a blade, all before entering the eye to remove the cataract.
Ask your eye doctor if cataract surgery is right for you.
Introducing “GoDropless” Cataract Surgery!
We are pleased to announce that our practice is now offering “Dropless” Cataract Surgery as part of our premium services to all LenSx Laser, Toric and Lifestyle IOL patients. As you know, the traditionally prescribed pre- and post-operative drops are often the most cumbersome challenge associated with the cataract surgery experience.
This revolutionary new treatment option will provide convenience and cost-savings for our patients while reducing patient’s post-operative treatment regimen. During “Dropless” Cataract Surgery, medication is placed in the eye to help reduce the risk of inflammation and infection, and is a critical part of ensuring successful outcomes. “Go Dropless” Cataract Surgery has been used in the United States for almost 2 years, and has been used in over 100,000 cases with no reported infections.
What is a Cataract?
A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens inside your eye. This lens, located behind the iris (colored part of the eye), works like the lens of a camera – focusing light images on the retina, which sends images to the brain. When a cataract forms, this lens can become so clouded it prevents light and images from reaching the retina. Cataracts cannot be prevented and eventually affect 100% of the population.
- Blurred or cloudy vision
- Colors appear faded or dull
- Headlights or streetlights have glare or halos
- Poor night vision
- Sunlight or fluorescent lights may appear to be too bright
- Double or multiple vision in one eye
- Frequent prescription changes in your eyeglasses or contact lenses
- Difficulty reading
Presbyopia (progressively diminished near vision that usually begins in middle age) with nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, requires the use of bifocal or “progressive” lenses to see clearly both near and far. The important thing to remember is that now, cataract surgery can often correct refractive errors AND presbyopia. This means that it may be possible for you to gain clear vision with little dependence on glasses or contact lenses.
An intraocular lens (IOL) is an artificial lens that is implanted during cataract surgery. The good news is that you have developed cataracts at a really significant time, when intraocular lens technology has progressed greatly. Recent advances have been so significant that new-generation lenses could allow you to see well at multiple distances with greatly reduced dependence on glasses.
No single lens works best for everyone. During your eye exam, your surgeon and our lens specialists can help determine the best option for you. The information you are given will help you make an informed decision. For many patients, choosing a lifestyle lens over a standard monofocal lens allows for an increased quality of vision and decreased dependency on glasses. For example, passengers may become drivers again; golfers may be able to keep their eye on the ball, enjoy the surrounding scenery, and even mark the scorecard.
Several lens options are available to our patients. Please discuss the following lens types with your doctor to determine which one best fits your lifestyle and vision needs.
What You Should Expect Before and On the Day of Surgery
Prior to the day of surgery, your surgeon will discuss the steps that will occur during surgery. Your surgeon or a staff member will ask you a variety of questions about your medical history. You will be sent to your primary care physician for a history and physical. You should discuss with your surgeon which, if any, of your routine medications you should stop taking prior to surgery. Prior to surgery, several eye scans will be done and calculations made to determine the appropriate power intraocular lens to implant. A specific artificial lens is chosen based on the measurements of your eyes.
Eye drops will be prescribed for you to use several days before your surgery.
It is important to remember to follow all of your preoperative instructions.
Arrangements should be made with family or a friend to be with you and to transport you to and from the surgery center.
After leaving the operating room, your will be brought to a recovery area for a brief time. The nurses will go over the instructions for the eye drops that your surgeon has prescribed. You will need to use them for a few weeks following your surgery. While you may notice some discomfort, most patients do not experience significant pain following cataract surgery. If you do experience decreasing vision or significant pain, you should contact your cataract eye doctor immediately.
What You Should Expect After Cataract Surgery
Following surgery, you will need to return for visits within the first few days and again within the first few weeks after surgery to assure your eye is healing properly. During this time period, you will be using several eye drops that help protect against infection and inflammation. You will have some restrictions on activities such as not driving for a day or so, no swimming for a week, no heavy lifting. Within several days, most people will notice that their vision is improving. You will likely be able to return to work and resume normal physical activities after the first few days.