COA Vision Blog


October 27, 2017 Uncategorized

You may be considering having cataract surgery. Or perhaps you just went for your annual eye exam and for the first time are hearing that you will soon have to have a cataract removed. Whatever stage you are in, we are here to help. We’ve been reviewing what cataract surgery is and what your premium IOL options are for the past couple of weeks. And today we’re going to introduce you to another option: the HD Digital IOL.

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The HD Digital IOL is a very functional IOL option for people who are looking to have good vision with less dependency on glasses.This IOL option will allow you to see from multiple distances. It give you great distance vision and extends your range of focus.

“The HD Digital IOL is great for intermediate vision; for people who need to have clear sight for computer work, viewing the gauges in your car or your dashboard while driving,” said Dr. James McHale.

For most patients, the HD Digital IOL will limit the need to use glasses to reading and gives them freedom to be active in sports and other activities. This is an optimal option for patients who are active in the digital age that we are living in, who need to or enjoy being connected through their cell phones and tablets.

Would you like to learn more about the HD Digital IOL? Give us a call and schedule a time to meet with one of our highty skilled ophthalmologists!



October 25, 2017 Uncategorized

The seasons are changing and as we say good-bye to warm summer nights and hot days, we welcome cool fall breezes and outdoor activities for the family. Be sure you are enjoying your autumn adventures while keeping your eyes safe by following these fall eye care tips!

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October 20, 2017 Uncategorized

Last week, we introduced you to what is a cataract and cataract surgery. When you have cataract surgery, an ophthalmologist removes the clouded, natural lens in your eye and replaces it with an Intra-Ocular Lens, or IOL. When you talk with your doctor prior to your cataract surgery, they will discuss your vision goals and ask you about what is most important to you.

Do you enjoy reading books? How often do you drive? What type of tasks do you complete on a daily basis? Do you work on a computer frequently?

As you share your habits and goals with your ophthalmologist, they will get an understanding of your vision goals and together you both will make a decision on the best IOL for you and your lifestyle.

We will begin looking into the three Premium IOL options that you will get to chose from starting with the Near & Far (Multifocal) IOL.
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Is your goal to wear glasses as little as possible? The Near & Far IOL may be the IOL for you. “The Near & Far IOL gives you the greatest freedom from glasses out of all of the lens implants,” says Dr. James McHale.  He continues by saying, “You will have well-focused distance vision and it will provide you with the best ability to bring focus as close to you as possible.” So, this IOL is great for reading and seeing from a further distance. It will provide you with a reduced dependency on glasses and clearer vision for all types of activities – near & far.

Do you have questions about the Near & Far IOL? We’d be more than happy to answer any questions you have. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to see one of our experienced ophthalmologists about cataract surgery and what we can do to help you have great vision!



October 14, 2017 Uncategorized

A number of our patients come to see us because they need to discuss next steps towards getting rid of their cataract. We realize that some people are nervous by this conversation but it’s nothing to fear. We want to ensure that you and your family are fully confident in knowing what a cataract is, how common it is, and how quickly we can help you get rid of it and begin enjoying your life with great sight!

What is a Cataract?

Everyone has a natural lens in both of their eyes. Cataracts form in the actual lens – not on top or underneath it. “I see a number of patients that think a cataract is something that is laying on top of their lens, as if we can simply go in and remove the covering. It doesn’t exactly work that way, but the actual procedure isn’t much more complicated. It’s so simple, the procedure of removing and replacing the lens is completed in 10 or 15 minutes” said Dr. James McHale, an Ophthalmologist and Managing Partner at Columbus Ophthalmology Associates who says he completes this procedure hundreds of times a year. Like Dr. McHale said, a cataract is when the lens, which is clear most of your life, becomes cloudy. At a point, that cloudiness can cause blurry or foggy vision, problems with glare from headlights or the sun, a dullness in color, and other issues. See photo below of what someone with normal vision versus someone with a cataract would see if they looked at the same photo:

Cataract before and after

 

How do you treat Cataracts?

Removal and replacement of the cloudy lens with an Intra-Ocular Lens is the only way to treat a cataract. But don’t worry, it’s not a difficult procedure at all! Cataract surgery is one of the most successful operations in all of medicine and it has excellent results. The actual procedure only takes up to 15 minutes – and there are no sutures to deal with. Your healing time is quick and most people resume normal activities in days! Cataract surgery is such a common procedure, that by the age of 80, half of all Americans have a cataract or have had cataract surgery. So if you have to have this procedure, we don’t want you to worry at all! We’re here to help you through it.

If you would like more information on Cataract Surgery, watch this quick video:
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For the next few weeks, We’ll be focusing on cataracts and Intra-Ocular Lenses. If you are struggling with cataracts and this is a treatment you need to have, hopefully this will encourage you to further look into completing your cataract surgery. Remember, you are always free to call our office and speak with someone to ask questions and to schedule an appointment to see one of our Ophthalmologists. We would be happy to see you and discuss your options for a brighter, and clearer, vision future!

 

 




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