Growing older can sometimes mean developing new health issues. A common issue for people over the age of 40 is developing cataracts, causing their vision to blur. When someone has cataracts, surgery is typically performed to replace this person’s damaged lenses with artificial lenses. Artificial lenses are called IOLs, or intraocular lenses. IOLs help improve your vision after they are surgically implanted, but different lens offer different vision improvements. A newer option is the TECNIS® lens, a multifocal lens option.
What is cataract surgery?
Cataract surgery is a common outpatient procedure to help correct vision. The procedure includes replacing the cataract with a lens to help correct and improve vision without relying on glasses.
You may want to consider undergoing a cataract procedure if you experience:
- Difficulty reading even when wearing glasses
- Blurred vision
- Light sensitivity
- Seeing tinted or dulled colors
- Difficulty seeing at night
A consultation with a member of our team can help diagnose your vision problems and offer your treatment options. Our team is led by Dr. Brian J. Groat, MD, a board-certified cataract, cornea, and glaucoma surgeon, and Dr. Darrell E. Hester, MD, a diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology and a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
What is a TECNIS® lens?
TECNIS® multifocal lenses have been approved by the FDA. The TECNIS® lens is different from other lenses because they function like bifocal lenses. Distant images you see through bifocal lenses are sharp, but images of things you see close up through these lenses are not as detailed. Everything you see through a TECNIS® lens will look clear, however, without lens movement. You should be able see colors better, and this lens is designed to help you see better in low lighting and at night.
There are several lens options available, and a consultation with a member of our team in our Wilmington office can help determine if this is the right lens to help you see better.
To learn more about your options for cataract surgery or other eye care procedures, contact us today at Live Oak Ophthalmology and schedule your consultation! Our team at our office in Wilmington, North Carolina, can discuss other procedures we offer such as bladeless LASIK surgery, laser-assisted cataract surgery, cornea transplant, glaucoma treatment, dry eye procedures, and oculoplastics. Contact us today to take the first step to improving your vision!