ADVANCED CATARACT SURGERY
In their initial stages, cataracts can be treated with prescription glasses and an adjustment in the brightness of lights. However, these are only temporary measures, as the condition will gradually worsen. A permanent solution will eventually be required. Surgery is the only effective treatment as the lens in the eye will need to be removed and replaced if the blurring of vision begins to affect daily activities. Cataract surgery is the removal of the clouded lens in the eye and is one of the safest, most effective and successful types of surgery. An artificial lens will be implanted by the surgeon to replace the natural lens. It may be done in the day surgery or ambulatory (out-patient) setting, using local anaesthesia or topical numbing eyedrops causing little or no discomfort to the patient.
Micro-incision Phacoemulsification Surgery
Micro-incision phacoemulsification is the current gold standard of cataract removal. It uses ultrasound energy to liquify the cataract enabling the emulsified cataract to be removed through a small wound. With incision sizes of between 2 and 3mm in width, stitches are usually not required as the wounds are self-sealing, allowing for greater comfort and improved speed of recovery.
Though still in its first generation, the procedure holds great potential as the next phase in development of minimally invasive cataract surgery. Laser energy is used to automate some of the more difficult steps of cataract surgery. LACS promises reduced ultrasound power utilisation, improved wound construction, greater predictability in lens positioning and advantages in some forms of complex cataract surgery.
INTRAOCULAR LENS (IOL) REPLACEMENT
Once the clouded lens has been removed, our surgeons at Atlas Eye can replace it with a wide range of intraocular lenses (IOL) to suit your needs. These lenses work very much like the eye’s natural lens, and are made of highly pliable, bio-compatible material to focus light onto the retina.
Atlas Eye provides patients with a wide range of IOL technologies, including Monofocal, Extended Range of Focus, Multifocal, and Toric Mutlifocal Lens.
Intraocular lenses and surgical techniques would amount to little if the measurements of the eye are compromised. At Atlas Eye, we make no compromises in optimising surgical outcomes with advanced technology from Zeiss (Germany) utilising the IOL Master 700.
Multifocal IOLs are another category of presbyopia-correcting IOLs that can decrease your need for reading glasses or computer glasses after cataract surgery and allow vision up close, far away and intermediate distances.
These IOLs contain added magnification in different parts of the lens to expand your range of vision so you can see objects clearly at different distances with reduced reliance on glasses or contact lenses.
We can help you decide if you are a good candidate for multifocal IOLs at your preoperative exam and consultation.
Toric IOLs are intraocular lenses that correct astigmatism.
Like toric soft contact lenses, toric IOLs can correct astigmatism because they have different powers in different meridians of the lens. They also have alignment markings on the peripheral part of the lens that enable the surgeon to adjust the orientation of the IOL inside the eye for optimal astigmatism correction.
Monofocal IOLs can provide corrective power in only one segment of your visual range (typically distance vision) and cannot correct astigmatism. We may select monofocal IOLs that are for near, mid, or distant focus. Only one of these three can be selected sand the focus will not change after surgery. During your exam and consultation, we can help you choose the IOL most suitable for your needs.