Cataract Surgery

Our Columbus cataract surgery specialists have been performing cataract surgery in central Ohio for decades using state of the art technology that not only repairs sight, but drastically improves it.

At Columbus Ophthalmology Associates, cataract surgery is changing lives

Listen to cataract patient Mark Shipps tell his success story.

The eye is a remarkable organ that works very similar to a camera. Inside the eye is a lens, a clear structure located just behind the pupil. This lens focuses light onto the retina where the images are collected and transmitted to the brain. A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye that blurs or distorts images.

There are a variety of causes including trauma, family genetics or certain medications but most often cataracts are simply part of the normal aging process. As the lens loses clarity, patients begin to experience “hazy” vision and light sensitivity. Night vision and reading in dim light becomes difficult. Distance vision used for seeing road signs slowly decreases to the point of becoming dangerous.



Be aware of cataract symptoms

Learn how cataracts affect your vision.

A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens, which can be found behind the iris, or the colored part of the eye. According to Prevent Blindness America (PBA), cataracts affect more than 22 million people over the age of 40. So what exactly are cataracts, their signs and symptoms? Read below to learn more.


  • WHAT ARE THE EARLY SIGNS OF A CATARACT?
  • WHAT ARE COMMON CATARACT SYMPTOMS?
WHAT ARE THE EARLY SIGNS OF A CATARACT?

At first, cataracts begin small and have a minor impact your vision. Some people notice their vision is slightly blurred or has a hazy effect to it. Additionally, the early signs of a cataract can include light sensitivity and increased glare from the sun or cars while driving at night.

WHAT ARE COMMON CATARACT SYMPTOMS?

The symptoms of cataracts can be effected by the type of cataract you have. However, many patients experience changes to their vision from cataracts. Below are several common cataract symptoms.

  • Foggy or blurry vision
  • Colors appear dull
  • Problems with glare from indoor lighting or the sun
  • Frequent changes in your eyeglass prescription
  • Your night vision has decreased or you see halos around headlights on cars

If you think you’re experiencing cataract symptoms, Call Our Office to make an appointment. Prior to your appointment, fill out our Cataract Lifestyle Questionnaire so we can get a better understanding of your vision needs.



Traditional cataract procedure

We’ve seen improved visual outcomes and rapid recoveries.

Cataract treatment has evolved significantly over the years. Improved visual outcomes and rapid recovery allow patients to quickly return to daily activities.

The cataract surgeons of Columbus Ophthalmology Associates are some of the most respected leaders in cataract surgery in the country. They have helped develop surgical instruments, and authored textbooks and articles in medical journals. The have also participated in FDA studies on new intraocular lenses used in surgery.


  • WHAT IS TRADITIONAL CATARACT SURGERY?
WHAT IS TRADITIONAL CATARACT SURGERY?

With modern cataract surgery, there are virtually no restrictions because the incisions are less than 3mm in size. Under a local anesthetic, a special instrument is placed into the eye, breaking up the cataract by using ultrasound and then removing the fragments. This technique is known as phacoemulsification.

Once the cloudy lens is removed, an intraocular lens is inserted through the same tiny incision and set into its permanent position. The small incision heals rapidly usually without a suture or discomfort.



Cataract lens options

Below are your best options:

Cataract surgery is one of the most successful operations in all of medicine. An intraocular lens is made of special plastics. It is implanted within the eye after the cataract is removed to help focus light images. During your exam, your surgeon will discuss the various cataract lens options that fit your lifestyle and visual needs.


  • INTRAOCULAR LENS (IOL)
  • STANDARD MONOFOCAL INTRAOCULAR LENS
  • HD DIGITAL INTRAOCULAR LENS
  • NEAR & FAR (MULTIFOCAL) INTRAOCULAR LENS
  • TORIC INTRAOCULAR LENS FOR ASTIGMATISM
INTRAOCULAR LENS (IOL)

Cataract surgery is one of the most successful operations in all of medicine. An intraocular lens is made of special plastics. It is implanted within the eye after the cataract is removed to help focus light images. During your exam, your surgeon will discuss the various cataract lens options that fit your lifestyle and visual needs.

STANDARD MONOFOCAL INTRAOCULAR LENS

The standard monofocal lens has the same curvature over the entire lens surface and provides clear vision at a single, fixed focal point. This means the surgeon can calculate the lens power needed to help improve a patient’s vision at either distance or near. Many patients prefer the distance correction, especially if they enjoy activities requiring good far away vision, such as driving, watching television or sports. Reading glasses are needed with this option.

You Have Options

Other patients may desire to have the IOL power calculated to help them with near activities such as reading or using the computer. In such cases, glasses for distance activities will be required. These lenses have been used in various designs for over 40 years and have been the “standard” for cataract surgery throughout the world.

HD DIGITAL INTRAOCULAR LENS

Today’s world is filled with digital technology that has changed the way we work, communicate and watch TV. High definition (HD) flat screen televisions provide a detail, sharpness, and contrast that has made standard TVs obsolete. Laptops, smartphones, and tablets allow us to text, talk, and even use live face-to-face video with almost anyone in any place.

IOL technology

IOL technology has also evolved to allow our patients to live in this digital universe free from spectacles. This is due to enhanced aspheric designs in the optics of these lenses. They provide an extended range of crisp, clear vision.

The Crystalens is an FDA approved IOL that allows a continuous and smooth transition from distance to intermediate vision. This mimics the eye’s natural process of accommodation. It also helps lessen dependence on corrective lenses. Most patients can easily see to drive as well as use their instrument panel, including navigation systems, without glasses.

Vision in a Digital Workplace

The engineering of the Crystalens allows the IOL to move gently within the eye and this moves the focal point to create this wider range of vision. Trulign is a version that works for patients with astigmatism. Both the Crystalens and Trulign IOL have proven extremely valuable for our patients that use a computer in their work for professions such as engineers, CPA’s, IT personnel, writers, and others. While they still require reading glasses for fine print, the majority are able to function on their digital devices quite easily without the need for glasses.

NEAR & FAR (MULTIFOCAL) INTRAOCULAR LENS

These IOL’s are designed to provide quality near, intermediate, and distance vision by combining the strengths of the optical principles used in microscopes and telescopes. The lens is designed with a series of tiny rings working together to focus light on both distance and near vision. This design can cause some halos or rings to appear around lights at night and reduce some contrast at distance.

Reducing Side Effects

Recent modifications reduce this side effect, elongates the focus, and corrects chromatic aberration (color distortion) to provide sharp vision in all lighting conditions. It is also available for patients that have astigmatism.

TORIC INTRAOCULAR LENS FOR ASTIGMATISM

Astigmatism is a common optical condition that occurs when the shape of the cornea is more oval than round. This causes blurred or distorted vision, glare, and ocular fatigue. The oval shape causes light rays to focus on two points in the back of your eye, rather than just one.

Corneal Astigmatism

For patients with existing corneal astigmatism, a toric intraocular lens implant can give patients quality vision with less dependence on their glasses. This IOL is placed in the eye at a precise location in order to reduce or eliminate corneal astigmatism, significantly improve distance vision, and lessen the dependence on glasses. Patients with a toric IOL usually wear glasses for tasks such as reading or working on the computer. Each IOL has their own unique characteristics and our surgeons will recommend the one that best suits your lifestyle and clinical circumstances.


FINANCIAL CONSIDERATIONS

While the latest technology in intraocular lenses offer an attractive benefit to our patients, these IOLs are outside the standard coverage of Medicare and third-party payers. This means patients who desire an upgrade from a standard monofocal IOL will be required to pay additional charges beyond those associated with standard cataract surgery.

Advance Beneficiary Notice (ABN)

These fees will be explained in full detail and you will be asked to sign an Advance Beneficiary Notice (ABN) before proceeding with surgery. While they are more expensive, we find these lenses can truly improve not only a patient’s vision but their quality of life. We have found that some patients who relied on glasses for decades never have to wear glasses again.




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