YES! We perform Cataract Surgery!
It’s not just about Lasik at Montgomery LASIK and Eye Care Center, our main goal is providing you and your family with state of the art eye care technology while performing your routine care and surgical needs such as Cataract Surgery, all the while knowing you by name and with a listening heart.
AT MLEC, you will find that we have the most advanced technology geared not only to handle routine eye care or to perform LASIK vision corrective procedures, but to also offer the newest state of the art, blade-free laser assisted cataract procedures. With performing over 25,000 cataract procedures, you can trust that Dr. Stewart Shofner, MD and Dr. Michael Mull, OD, will make the perfect team when pairing to restore your vision.
What are Cataracts?
A cataract is the clouding of the eye’s lens. This lens, which is responsible for focusing an image after it enters the eye, is normally crystal clear. A cloudy lens will block the passage of light through the eye, resulting in cloudy or blurred vision.
Symptoms of cataracts may include:
- Declining vision with age
- Blurred or double vision
- Seeing halos around bright lights
- Difficulty seeing at night
- Vision that worsens in sunlight
- Difficulty distinguishing colors
- Poor depth perception
- Frequent prescription changes for glasses
- Difficulty reading
A cataract usually cannot be viewed from outside of the eye and must be diagnosed during an eye examination. A variety of methods are used to determine the type, size and location of the cataract. The instruments utilized in this diagnostic process are used to illuminate and magnify the structures of the eye.
If diagnosed, a cataract cannot be cleared by medication or eye drops. The only way to restore clear vision is to have the cloudy cataract lens surgically removed, while a replacement lens must be implanted to restore vision. In your treatment, first, the surgeon removes the cataract with a special device, requiring a micro-incision no more than 3 millimeters (⅛ inch) in width. Next, a flexible lens implant is folded and passed through the small opening. The incision is so small, no stitches are required as the tiny opening is self-sealing.
The gold standard of cataract replacement lenses are called Active Life Lens®. These implanted lenses have revolutionized cataract care by allowing patients the freedom to enjoy improved vision at multiple distances. In fact, many of our Active Life Lens® Procedure patients report they do not need corrective eye wear for their daily activities or hobbies.
The development of cataracts does not have to mean loss of sight. Treatment of cataracts is 95% successful in restoring good vision.
After scheduling a routine eye exam with our doctors and confirming the presence of cataracts, you will be set up with an evaluation with our surgery coordinator, Wendy. Most days, evaluations can be completed the very same day! Wendy will discuss in great detail the cataract surgery options that you have available to you while taking the time to answer any and all questions that you may have. You will be fully educated on the process beginning to end. MLEC will provide your insurance companies with all of the correct information needed to make this process as simple as can be for you. You will be given times and dates to chose from and the rest is on us to make this the easiest procedure you will ever have!
After completion of the procedure, you will go home to sleep off any anesthesia used during your procedure. 95% of patients note an immediate result of vision! We see many happy and excited faces at our 1-day post operative exams. Post op care will consist of a series of eye drops that the patient will use over the span of a month. For the first week, the patient is advised to not allow water in/around the eye, no heavy lifting, working in the yard, or working out in the gym. Most patients return to work following their 1-day post operative follow up.
We pride ourselves in the friendly warm environment that you will be greeted with upon joining our family. As our surgery coordinator, Wendy, always tells our surgery patients, “The good Lord gave you only two eyes. You need to trust and feel good about who you choose to take care of them.”
Virtually everyone will develop cataracts as they grow older. More than half of the people over the age of 60, in fact, suffer from cataracts. If you’ve been told that you have cataracts, you’re not alone. Each year, nearly 2 million people undergo successful cataract surgery to restore clear vision. At Montgomery LASIK & Eye Care Center, the surgeon offers advanced technologies that make the cataract procedure safer and more comfortable with a fast recovery time.
Cataract Surgery procedures at Montgomery Lasik!
Monofocal Lens Option- A standard monofocal IOL, such as the advanced EnVista Monofocal IOL, is designed to replace your natural lens and provide you with high quality distance vision. You will still need glasses for viewing options up close. This IOL option is typically covered by insurance policies, assuming deductibles have been met for the year.
Multifocal Lens Option – A premium multifocal IOL, such as the versatile Crystalens Multifocal IOL, is designed to provide you with high quality vision at any distance–near, intermediate, and far–and in all lighting conditions. Since it also corrects presbyopia, for most patients, dependence on glasses is diminished. Some multifocal IOL patients experience rings or halos around lights, which typically lessen over time. With this being an upgraded lens, insurance companies will not cover the upgraded costs. Call or schedule an evaluation to find out your fees.
Astigmatic patients typically need additional correction beyond what a standard monofocal IOL provides in order to see images in focus. A premium toric IOL, such as the innovative Trulign Toric IOL, not only corrects your astigmatism, but is also specifically designed to provide you with high- quality distance vision. You may still need glasses for near vision in some cases. With this being an upgraded lens option, insurance companies will not cover the upgraded costs.
Understanding Blade-Free Cataract Surgery:
Surgeons have traditionally performed cataract surgery manually, using handheld blades. Laser cataract surgery, however, uses a beam of laser-generated light to deliver a precise and customizable cataract procedure, blade-free.
Ziemer’s Swiss-engineered, FDA-approved FEMTO LDV Z8 laser system was developed to create blade-free corneal incisions, lending your operation a degree of precision unattainable to even the most talented and experienced manual surgeons. The laser is used to create the circular opening for accessing and removing the cataract as well as softening the cataract for easy removal. By using the FEMTO LDV Z8, your surgeon can offer you extraordinary accuracy and peace of mind in knowing that you have been offered the choice of a predictable and individualized cataract procedure. Laser-assisted corneal incisions also require only topical anesthetics, promoting faster healing and visual recovery–without the need for stitches. This option is not covered by insurance and has a small upgraded cost per eye. Call today to discuss your options!
Recovery time is minimal thanks in large part to the contributions and advancements of ophthalmic anesthesia, the use of medication inside the eye, and developments in microscopic incision. The eye will take several days to weeks to heal completely. However, most patients are able to return to their normal lives within 48 hours of surgery! Please remember that no two eyes heal exactly the same and sometimes vision recovery can vary. It is important that you follow postoperative instructions and use the different eye drops as instructed. It is important that you refrain from strenuous physical activity and from rubbing your eyes during the first few weeks after surgery. Returning to an active lifestyle is one of the primary benefits of cataract surgery.