Recently, cataract surgery and intraocular lens (IOL) technology have undergone tremendous technological advances. Today, the goal of cataract surgery is to enhance vision with an IOL that may provide a full range of vision. However, the traditional IOL used in cataract procedures provides good functional distance vision, but offers little benefit for a full range of vision, making most patients dependant on glasses even after surgery.
Recently approved by the FDA and now available at Florida Hospital Waterman, the ReSTOR® Intraocular Lens enables most patients to see clearly without glasses after cataract surgery. According to ophthalmologist Scott Wehrly, M.D., “Studies have shown that up to 80% of patients never again wear glasses after implantation of the ReStor lens in both eyes, compared to 5% of patients that have traditional lens implantation.”
A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens inside the eye, preventing light and images from reaching the retina. The best way to treat a cataract is to remove the old, clouded lens and provide a replacement. A cataract can be the reason sharp images become blurred, bright colors become dull, or seeing at night is more difficult. It may also be why the reading glasses or bifocals that used to enhance vision no longer seem to help.
Unfortunately, cataracts can’t be prevented, but removing the cataract and replacing it with an artificial lens can restore vision and significantly improve quality of life. Cataracts should be removed when vision quality has declined and begins to put limits on activities and enjoyment of life.
For more information about cataract surgery options at Florida Hospital Waterman, please call 352.253.3388.