Lifestyle Lens Options
Lifestyle Lenses - Customizing Your Visual Freedom
During traditional cataract surgery, your eye's natural lens will be replaced with a synthetic monofocal intraocular lens (IOL). The surgery will bring a patients vision back to where it was prior to the onset of cataracts, however, if prior to cataracts he or she had a prescription for glasses or contact lenses, those visual aids will still be required for both distance and reading vision. Many patients are satisfied with this lens, as it restores their vision to a functional point.
Some patients seek to restore their vision to complete capacity with one surgical procedure, thus leaving glasses or contact lenses behind for life. Recent advancements in visual technology have produced 'premium lenses,' which can be customized to work with your individual needs. Often referred to as 'lifestyle lenses,' this advanced technology affords patients many advantages over the traditional monofocal lens. Even patients suffering from astigmatism can potentially eliminate dependency on glasses, reading glasses and contact lenses. Imagine having no need for readers to see menus, computer screens and labels!
At Williamson Eye Center, we work with each patient to develop a customized treatment plan to suit even the busiest lifestyle. It is our commitment to deliver the best results to leave you free of the hassle of glasses and contact lenses for life!
BATON ROUGE Cataract SURGEON is One of the Top 3 Surgeons in the United States
(Baton Rouge, LA) November 5, 2012— A world leader in Crystalens Surgery, Dr. Charles H. Williamson of the Williamson Eye Center in Baton Rouge was recently acknowledged by Bausch + Lomb to be one of the top 3 surgeons in the United States performing the Crystalens cataract surgery. Two years ago, Dr. Williamson became one of twelve members of B&L's Millennium Society for the top surgeons in the world who have all performed over 1,000 Crystalens surgeries.
"In my over 30 years of experience, The Crystalens implant is one of the most important innovations in cataract surgery I have seen," said Dr. Williamson.
Crystalens is the ONLY FDA approved accommodating intraocular lens (IOL). The Crystalens is designed to allow movement back and forth as the muscles in the eye contract and relax. This movement is what gives patients back an increased range of vision. The Crystalens is the ONLY intraocular lens that uses the natural focusing ability of the eye by using the eye muscle to flex and accommodate in order to focus on objects whether they are near, far or in between.
The goal of the Crystalens procedure is to reduce your dependence on glasses as much as possible.
There are three million cataract surgeries performed every year in the U.S. A cataract is a clouding of the normal clear lens in the eye. When a cataract forms, the natural lens in the eye is replaced by an intraocular lens. Research indicates that only a small fraction of people realize that not all intraocular lenses are the same. The research also indicates that a number of patients are willing to pay a little extra money in order to get the best quality vision.
The Williamson Eye Center offers a number of vision correction options for its patient. It is important that each patient is fully informed about what to expect before, during and after a surgical procedure. If a patient has healthy eyes, has not had previous cataract surgery and does not suffer from major health problems, then he or she is likely to be a good candidate for Crystalens.
Lifestyle Lenses: A Variety of Technologies
Allowing a patient seamless focusing ability at all distances, the Crystalens IOL mimics the eye's natural ability to accommodate for focusing on objects at varied distances. In the same way muscle movements accommodate viewing, the technology of the Crystalens can move between up close and far away and can be a great solution for patients who require improvement for reading and up-close vision.
The basic lens implant will not correct astigmatism so these patients will need a specialized lens, called a toric lens, to correct their astigmatism in order to have better vision without glasses. The Trulign lens is a toric lens that is designed to correct both cataracts and astigmatism. At the same time however, the innovative design of this lens allows it to move within the eye when you are focusing at objects closer to you providing an overall broader "range" of vision compared to a typical toric lens. This often allows for good distance and intermediate vision with less dependance on glasses. While patients usually still need light reading glasses for near vision and smaller print, they are able to do most things glasses-free which compliments their overall active lifestyle. This lens is an excellent choice for patients who have too much astigmatism or other eye problems which make them a poor candidate for multifocal lenses, yet they still would like broader range of vision and an improved depth of focus than what is available with the basic lens.
The Tecnis lens is classified as a "multifocal" lens as it offers the patient multiple points of focus after surgery. As opposed to only correcting distance vision with the basic lens, the Tecnis lens design allows you to see well at distance, intermediate, and near...often with little need for glasses. You must be a good candidate to receive the multifocal lens and patients with large amounts of astigmatism, a history of prior cornea surgery (such as RK, LASIK, and PRK) as well as those with retina issues (macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, prior retinal surgery) are usually not good candidates for this lens. With few side effects the new Tecnis lens design has greatly improved the occasional glare and halo effect seen with older generation multifocal lenses. This lens is the best option for patients who desire excellent near vision for reading without the use of reading glasses. It's also an excellent choice for the "refractive lens exchange" procedure, which is performed on patients in their 40s and 50s who are unhappy with their inability to read close-up due to presbyopia.
For patients suffering from astigmatism, a Toric IOL lens was created to neutralize the imbalance of corneal asymmetry.
Previously, patients with astigmatism in addition to cataracts, still had to use glasses or contact lenses to reduce the effects of astigmatism. With a Toric IOL implant rather than a traditional monofocal lens, any the imbalance created by astigmatism is reduced and even eliminated, allowing for crystal clear distance vision.
The Visian ICL is made of Collamer an advanced lens material that has unique properties. Collamer transmits light and reduces reflections that can interfere with vision, so you see clearly. Made of a copolymer and collagen, Collamer is also highly biocompatible. It allows the Visian ICL to rest quietly in position while accurately correcting vision. Collamer is the only lens material made with collagen- the best choice for a lens that is going to remain inside your body for a lifetime. The Visian ICL does not alter any structures within the eye. If necessary, it can be removed from the eye by a simple surgical procedure.
At Williamson Eye Center, we take great care in the selection of lifestyle lenses we provide to our patients. For a multifocal IOL, we utilize the Acrysof ReSTOR. This lens works much like a pair of bifocal glasses, allowing patients to see clearly at all distances. This lens incorporates a range of viewing areas, returning your vision to its broadest range. Many patients who choose the Acrysof ReSTOR, are never dependent on glasses again!
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Refractive Lens Exchange
Have you noticed that as you age, you are beginning to struggle with your vision? Even if you have not yet developed cataracts, you may be having trouble with focusing on objects up close such as the newspaper or a computer screen. Depending upon your particular lifestyle and current prescription, your surgeon may recommend Refractive Lens Exchange.
The natural lens of a patients eye can be easily replaced with one of the lifestyle lenses mentioned above, restoring vision and allowing for a lifetime free of dependency on glasses. The procedure is similar to cataract surgery and will leave you free of the risk of cataract development.
Call Williamson Eye Center today for a free, no-risk consultation. We will work with you to develop a custom plan for your visual freedom!