Thankfully, most of us will live into our “golden years”. With time, however, age-related cataract development is inevitable. In fact, every person over the age 40 will eventually develop cataracts, a clouding of the natural eye as we age, causing blurred vision and difficulty with daily activities.
• Cloudy or blurry vision.
• Colors seem faded.
• Glare. Headlights, lamps, or sunlight may appear too bright. A halo may appear around lights.
• Poor night vision.
• Double vision or multiple images in one eye. (This symptom may clear as the cataract gets larger.)
• Frequent prescription changes in your eyeglasses or contact lenses.
• These symptoms also can be a sign of other eye problems. If you have any of these symptoms, check with your eye care professional.
The best option for your unique vision
While most cataracts are age-related, there are over a dozen different types of cataracts and stages of development that determine whether or not a cataract needs to be removed. Sometimes, simply changing the prescription in glasses, adding a special coating on glasses, or adjusting the tint of the lenses in your eyeglasses will make all the difference. Our physicians share the philosophy that surgery is the last option on the list.
Baltimore Eye Physicians offers advanced cataract surgery
Although cataract surgery has been performed since ancient times, it is only in the last fifty years that truly remarkable refinements of the procedure have been introduced, giving patients better visual acuity, shorter procedure and recovery time, lessened discomfort, and in many cases, the freedom from glasses or contacts following surgery.
Our doctors help you make an informed decision
After a thorough eye exam, you and your doctor will discuss if cataract surgery is an option for you. If cataract surgery is deemed the best course of action, you will be given additional information about the procedure that will allow you to make an informed decision about whether to proceed. We want you to have all your questions answered to your satisfaction prior to surgery.
Premium IOL’s offer freedom from glasses
An Intraocular Lens (IOL) is an artificial lens implanted into the eye replacing the cloudy cataract lens. Baltimore Eye Physicians offer our patients the most widely used and innovative multifocal intraocular lenses available today, offering many of our patients the freedom from glasses following surgery.
AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR®
The first multifocal IOL of its kind, the AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® IOL draws upon decades of expertise and technology for an intraocular lens that truly helps cataract patients see it all—near, far, and everything in between—to reduce or eliminate the need for reading glasses or bifocals after surgery.
AcrySof® IQ Toric
Referred to as “the emerging standard” and a “triumphant moment in cataract surgery,” the AcrySof® IQ Toric IOL corrects for cataracts with pre-existing astigmatism simultaneously by delivering more precise, predictable outcomes and quality distance vision—without the need for glasses following surgery.
Only the highest technology for our patients
Our high-tech IOL Master machine allows our doctors to get fast, accurate, non-invasive (no-contact and no drops are needed) measurements of the eye length and surface curvature, necessary for your appropriate intraocular lens calculation. Instrumentation in the operating room includes the ALCON Infinity Vision System featuring the very latest OZil® technology which improves the overall effectiveness, control and safety of cataract surgery.
95 percent of patients require no distance glasses following surgery The decision to have cataract surgery is an important one that only you can make. The goal of any vision restoration procedure is to improve your vision. The newer technology available today enhances surgical outcomes. With small incision surgery and custom lenses, 95 percent of patients require no distance glasses following surgery. When bifocal or Restor lenses are utilized at the time of surgery, dependency on glasses is dramatically reduced. However, results vary from patient to patient, and we cannot guarantee you will have the results you desire.
Once removed, cataracts will not grow back. However, some patients may experience clouding of a thin tissue, called the capsular bag that holds the intraocular lens. In most cases, a laser is used to painlessly open the clouded capsule and restore clear vision with a procedure called a capsulotomy.
Experienced surgeons reduce risks
Cataract removal is one of the most common operations performed in the United States. It also is one of the safest and most effective types of surgery. In about 99 percent of cases, people who have cataract surgery have better vision afterward.
Baltimore Eye Physicians has performed more than 10,000 cataract surgeries, and currently perform as many as 1,000 cataract surgeries per year. Serious complications with cataract surgery are extremely rare, however, like any surgical procedure, it does have some risks such as infection, retinal tear or detachment. Going to an eye specialist, such as the experienced ophthalmologists at Baltimore Eye Physicians, can significantly minimize the risks involved with cataract surgery.