Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery in Pensacola
What is a Cataract?
A cataract is cloudiness that develops in the clear lens of the eye, and reduces the amount of light that enters the eye causing glare, blurred and distorted vision. Cataracts develop slowly and may take a number of years before affecting one’s vision. Most cataracts are age related, but other factors that can contribute to a cataract are eye injures, radiation, and younger patients with diabetes.
Diagnosing a Cataract
During a cataract evaluation, Dr. Concool will be able to see your cataract. If you are a candidate for Cataract surgery, you will go through a series of preoperative testing and be scheduled a personal consult with Dr. Concool, to go over treatment and lens options.
During the early stages, cataracts may have little effect on your vision. Depending on the severity of the cataract, you may experience these symptoms:
- Cloudy Vision
- Double or blurry vision
- Glare and sensitivity to bright lights
- Colors are faded
- Difficulty reading due to reduced black-white contrast
- Difficulty driving at night
Treatment Options for Laser Cataract Surgery
Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed surgical performed surgical procedure in the United States. In fact, Dr. Concool was among the very first eye surgeons in the Nation to perform laser, refractive laser surgery, which eventually has evolved into Bladeless Cataract surgery using femtosecond lasers. We are proud to bring the latest and most updated advancement in cataract surgery to the Gulf Coast.
Laser-assisted Cataract surgery has proven to be more reproducible then traditional cataract surgery. The LenSx laser system takes real-time HD video of your eye to help the surgeon automate and execute the challenging steps of cataract surgery. The laser is designed to create pristine incisions and perform softer fragmentation, which helps the surgeon precisely remove the cataract while limiting stress on the eye.
Panhandle Laser Vision Institute offers both bladeless laser cataract surgery, and traditional cataract surgery.
Traditional Cataract Surgery
Traditional Cataract surgery has been performed for decades, by hand, with devices to manually create incisions on the eye, dissolve and remove the cataract. This is a completely safe surgery and Dr. Concool has successfully performed thousands of these procedures throughout his career as an experienced eye surgeon.
Premium Lens Options
There are different options to choose from. During your comprehensive consultation, Dr. Cooncool will let you know which option is best for your lifestyle.
WHAT IS PANOPTIX IOL?
AcrySof IQ PanOptix is an intraocular lens designed to provide you with clear vision for near, intermediate and far distances without glasses after cataract surgery. They are lenses to match your lifestyle.
It is called “The Next-Generation Trifocal” because it is designed to provide correction at all three distances from the global leaders in eye care.
WHAT ARE CATARACTS AND HOW ARE THEY TREATED?
Cataracts occur when the lens of the eye becomes cloudy with age.1 Symptoms include:
• Blurry vision
• Dull, yellowish colours
• Glare from lights
• Poor night vision
Cataracts are treated with surgery to replace the old lens with an artificial one called an Intraocular lens (IOL).
WHAT IS ACRYSOF® IQ PANOPTIX® IOL?
AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® IOL is an intraocular lens designed to provide you with clear vision for near (40 cm), intermediate (60 cm), and far distances without glasses. Because AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® IOL helps with all 3 distances, it is sometimes called a “trifocal”.
Why has my eye surgeon recommended
AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® IOL?
Your surgeon has recommended the AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® IOL lens to reduce or eliminate your need for glasses after cataract surgery at near, intermediate and far distances.
AFTER RECEIVING ACRYSOF® IQ PANOPTIX® IOL, WILL I HAVE THE VISION I HAD IN MY THIRTIES BEFORE READING GLASSES?
There is no intraocular lens that exactly mimics a young eye. But trifocal lenses offer the latest advances in vision technology. They are designed to enhance your lifestyle by providing clear vision at near, intermediate and far distances.
WILL HAVING ACRYSOF® IQ PANOPTIX® IOL MEAN I NEVER HAVE TO WEAR GLASSES OR CONTACT LENSES AGAIN?
AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® IOL is designed to provide good vision in most day-to-day situations without the need for glasses. You may find that your vision
for a few detailed tasks (e.g., reading small print) can be optimised further by wearing glasses. This is common to all intraocular lenses.
AFTER SURGERY – WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM MY ACRYSOF® IQ PANOPTIX® IOL?
Day 1-2 after surgery
Ask your eye surgeon how to care for your eye after surgery, when you can return to your usual activities, and what to watch for (including signs that you should contact your surgeon).
You will have a follow-up appointment a day or two after your surgery
• If surgery is on your first eye, your vision might not feel completely clear until your second eye is treated.
• If this is your second eye, most people find they have good vision at near, intermediate and far distances within a few days of surgery.
Things you may notice in the first day or two:
• Some glare with bright lights
• Halos around lights, especially at night.
Many people barely notice the glare and halos at all or feel they can ignore them. Some people notice them all the time, and a few are significantly bothered by them.
Your brain is generally able to adapt and the glare and halos will become less noticeable over time.
MORE THAN 1 WEEK AFTER SURGERY
Some people find they take a little longer to adapt to their new vision than others.
This occurs while the brain learns to see through the new lens.
It can take from a few days to several months.
Very occasionally your surgeon may recommend a minor “touch up” procedure to refine your vision.
Once your vision has settled, you can enjoy various activities without reaching for your glasses, including:
Reading a book indoors or outside
Ordering from a handheld or blackboard menu
Seeing clearly in the mirror when shaving or putting on makeup
Wearing only non-prescription sunglasses while driving
YEAR 1 AFTER SURGERY AND BEYOND
It is unlikely your vision will change significantly in the years after your surgery.
Have your vision and eye health tested:
• at least every 2 years if you are under 65
• at least annually if you are 65 and over
• if you notice any changes in your vision