The surgeons of the Laser Eye Center of Miami are gifted Miami cataract surgery specialists. They offer the newest technology IOLs (intraocular lenses) and the most advanced surgical techniques to their patients. In the paragraphs below they describe cataracts and the cataract surgery procedure to restore sight.
What is a cataract?
A cataract is a clouding of the crystalline lens inside the eye. This lens works like the lens in a camera. It is located just behind the iris which is the colored part of the eye. It focuses the image in the retina which sends it to the brain. The human lens is made mostly of protein and water. The protein keeps the lens clear and lets light pass through it. With age some of the protein may clump together and start to cloud a small area of the lens which causes blurry vision. With time it grows denser and as it does it makes it harder for images to focus on the retina.
Most cataracts are age related. However, there are other types of cataract:
What can be done?
Cataracts can be surgically removed in an outpatient procedure. For this type of surgery the eye is anesthetized with drops, a small incision is made, ultrasound is used to remove the cataract and an intraocular lens is inserted. The majority of patients are awake during surgery, but a mild sedative is given to them to relax them. After surgery, the vision is slightly blurry but clears rapidly. In most of the cases normal activities can be resumed one day after surgery. Cataract surgery is very successful. More than 95 percent of people who have their cataracts removed have no complications and enjoy improved vision.
When is the best time for cataract surgery?
Cataract surgery is an elective procedure. The decision to have cataract surgery is one that the patient and the eye doctor should make together. In most cases, waiting to have surgery won't harm your eye. However, considering the benefits of this procedure it is a step most of our patients take once they’re diagnosed.
The decision is usually based on how much the cataract affects your life.
The following are common complaints of patients with cataracts.
The most common symptoms of a cataract are:
Since these can be a sign of other eye problems, if you have any of these symptoms you should be checked by an eye care professional.
One of the benefits of cataract surgery today, is the fact that there is more than one choice available when it comes to the lens to be implanted. There is the option of single-vision (monofocal) lens implants and the multifocal lens.
2.Single-vision (monofocal) and Toric lens implants which correct distance vision and requires the use of reading glasses. The Toric IOL simultaneously corrects astigmatism, an irregularity in the surface of the cornea.
3.Monovision, where the lenses are correctedfor distance in one and near theother eye.
In addition to being gifted cataract surgeons, our surgeons are also well known as Miami and Ft. Lauderdale LASIK specialists. Please visit this page to learn more about this procedure.
Gabriel G. Lazcano, MDGabriel G. Lazcano, MD, is a highly experienced anterior segment surgeon with more than 13 years of experience in South Florida. He specializes in no-stitch cataract surgery and refractive surgery.
Abraham Awad, ODAbraham Awad, OD, Director of Optometric Services at the Laser Eye Center of Miami has extensive experience in managing refractive surgery and LASIK patients pre and post operatively.
Joseph Kurstin, MDJoseph Kurstin, MD, president of the Laser Eye Center of Miami, is a highly experienced Miami and Fort Lauderdale LASIK and Cataract Surgeon. He is a board-certified ophthalmologist and VISX S4 CustomVue and Intralase certified LASIK surgeon.