by DR. KIRK R. JEFFREYS, III
A Cataract Procedure
As Unique As Your Eye Itself
Have you noticed a decrease in your vision? Have you avoided activities you once enjoyed? Cataracts could be keeping you from living your life to the fullest.
Now, there is a cataract procedure as unique as your eye itself. It’s called LenSx® laser cataract surgery. While all human eyes share the same basic anatomical structure, every eye is just a bit different in terms of size, depth, curvature of the cornea, and other key features.
Which is why every eye must be carefully measured and mapped prior to cataract surgery. While these measurements have been routinely performed prior to surgery, the LenSx® Laser uses a range of highly advanced technologies to capture incredibly precise, high-resolution images of your eye which are then used to plan and perform a surgery to exacting specifications.
Dr. Kirk Jeffreys and the staff at EyeCare Professionals were among the first in Mississippi to utilize this advanced, precision-based technology to customize the procedure for their cataract patients—and the results have been remarkable.
“If you have suffered from blurred vision caused by a cataract for years, and perhaps have been reluctant to consider cataract surgery, you are the ideal candidate for this procedure,” said Dr. Jeffreys. “It is quick and painless, you are able to return home within an hour, and the results are truly life-changing. Your only regret will be not having the procedure done sooner.”
Advanced Multifocal or Toric Implants Are the Key
In cataract surgery, an intraocular lens (IOL) is the replacement lens that is surgically implanted in the eye to replace the existing cloudy lens. Traditionally, the replacement lens used for cataract surgery is a monofocal IOL. This type of lens restores good functional distance vision, but patients may still need to continue wearing reading glasses.
Intraocular lens technology has taken great leaps of progress, thus giving you more options. Today, you have the option of receiving a multifocal lens, which can improve distance, intermediate, and near vision—and in most cases eliminate the need for glasses.
These innovative implants are uniquely effective, especially when placed in both eyes. Most patients find they can read a book, work on the computer, drive a car, and play golf or tennis with an increased freedom from glasses.
Sometimes, the surface of the cornea is curved more like a football (instead of a basketball) with flatter and steeper curves. When the surface of the cornea has an uneven curvature, vision becomes distorted. This common irregularity, called corneal astigmatism, causes blurred or distorted vision because light rays are not focused at one spot on the retina to provide clear vision. A patient who has both a cataract and a corneal astigmatism will not regain high-quality distance vision after surgery to remove the cataract unless the astigmatism is also corrected.
For these patients, toric lens implants are recommended. Their unique design makes it possible to reduce or eliminate corneal astigmatism and significantly improve uncorrected distance vision.
“Multifocal lens implants, which improve vision at all distances, are perfect for cataract patients who are tired of wearing glasses,” said Dr. Jeffreys. “They simply eliminate the need for glasses. Patients can read a book, watch television, and even drive a car—day or night—without glasses.”
Your eyes are your windows to the world. No matter what aspects of life you value most—working, golfing, reading or just taking in the scenery while strolling around town—chances are they’re highly or wholly-dependent on your sight. So if cataracts cloud your vision, you may want to consider laser cataract surgery and start enjoying the very things, places, and people that make life worth living.
Dr. Kirk Jeffreys is an ophthalmologist with EyeCare Professionals in Jackson, Mississippi. His specialties include Blade-Free LASIK and Laser Cataract vision correction procedures. For more information, visit www.eyecare4ms.com or call 601-366-1085.