It is important to understand presbyopia, or the need for reading glasses. Typically in our 40's the natural lens starts to lose it's ability to change shape. This results in the need for reading glasses. If you are nearsighted you will notice that you need to take off your distance glasses to read.
With cataract surgery we take out the natural lens and replace it with an artificial lens. You now have an option for which lens is used in your surgery.
Monofocal or Standard lens - This lens has one focal point- typically distance. Most people require glasses for clear vision up close or distance with this lens. Insurance typically pays for both the surgery and this lens.
Premium Lens options - Insurance typically pays for the surgery but not these lenses so you will have an extra payment prior to surgery. Please contact our office for pricing and payment options.
Multifocal lens - The Restor lens is designed to provide a dual focus. Part of
this lens is focused for near and part is focused for distance. Patients
find that they can go throughout most of their day without glasses.
Accomodating lens - The Crystalens is designed to mimic the eye's natural
ability to focus on distant, middle and near objects. The Crystalens can
restore a full range of functional vision, from distance to reading vision
without total dependence on glasses or contact lenses.
Toric lens- This lens corrects astigmatism. It does not correct presbyopia,
the need for reading glasses.
Dr. Davé and Dr. Bessell will help you find which lens is right for you.
Signs and Symptoms of cataracts:
Your eye's natural lens sits behind the iris and pupil and works similarly to a camera lens. This natural crystalline lens of the eye is clear and is primarily responsible for focusing light on the retina. Any clouding of the natural lens is called a cataract. Cataracts cause blurry vision that affects the person's ability to see clearly and function effectively. Cataracts occur most commonly as a result of age and everyone will eventually have cataracts if they live long enough. Some people develop cataracts at a young age and these can be a result of heredity, trauma, diabetes and certain medications.
Exclusively at Dominion Eye, Dr. Davé is able to treat glaucoma at the same time he is removing the cataract with a procedure called Endocyclophotocoagulation or ECP. Dr. Davé will remove the cataract, treat your eye with a laser to help reduce the pressure and then put the artificial lens in place. No separate medications or surgery day!