At Athwal Eye Associates we understand that each patient is unique. We offer specialized packages to help make the right choice for your life style when it comes to cataract surgery. Our surgical coordinator, Pamela Lynch has years of experience with all the lens implants, insurance programs and available financing to help our patient achieve their goal.
Eye Anatomy: How We See
The human eye has 2 structures that work together to focus light onto the retina. The outer focusing structure is called the cornea. The inner focusing structure is called the crystalline lens. Light rays pass first through the cornea and then through the crystalline lens. The cornea and crystalline lens focus incoming light by bending all the light rays to meet at a single point on the retina. These images are then transferred via the optic nerve to the brain where we see them.
A cataract occurs, usually gradually, as the natural lens of the eye becomes clouded or discolored. This clouding of the natural lens of the eye causes light entering the eye to scatter prior to reaching the retina. The result is hazy or blurred vision and if left untreated, cataracts have been known to cause blindness. Cataracts are treated on an outpatient basis by removing the clouded natural lens of the eye and replacing the natural lens with an intraocular lens implant (IOL). Most people over the age of 50 years begin to form cataracts. How soon the cataracts become significant varies person to person.
Athwal Eye Associates offers laser-assisted cataract and astigmatism correction surgery with the Catalys Laser System. With this state of the art laser our surgeons can customize cataract surgery with greater precision. It provides 3D imaging of the eye that results in perfectly placed laser incisions and treatment is 10 times more accurate than manual surgery. In addition to correcting astigmatism, this laser also softens the lens which allows cataract removal with less trauma to the eye. Laser assisted cataract surgery results in faster visual recovery and healing than traditional cataract surgery.
Dr. Barinder Athwal and Dr. Harjit Athwal have done over 25,000 cataract and laser surgeries combined. Our doctors and staff stay current with the latest developments and technologies. Our eye surgery center is the first in the area to offer the Catalys Laser System.
Patients At Athwal Eye Associates, patients' needs are our first priority. Our counselors educate and develop a customized vision plan made for each patient in a comfortable, no pressure atmosphere. We offer a variety of vision options, which gives the patient choices when it comes to their surgery. Our doctors and staff are dedicated to helping our patients find the right vision plan for their lifestyle.
Improving Your Vision
Developing a cataract does not mean a permanent loss of vision quality or having to give up the things you love, because cataract surgery is a safe, effective way to improve your vision. Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed surgery in the United States, with more than 2 million Americans having the procedure every year.
Cataract removal is one of the most common operations in the U.S. today. Performed more than 15 million times worldwide every year, cataract surgery is one of the safest and most effective. Removing the cataract through a process called phacoemulsifaction or phaco, ultrasound waves soften and break up the cataract allowing it to be gently removed. Your natural lens will then be replaced with an artificial intraocular lens implant (IOL). This new lens requires no care and becomes a permanent part of your eye. With an IOL, you will have improved vision. You may be eligible for IOL's which can reduce or eliminate the need for glasses. Most patients can achieve good functional vision without glasses.
Options In Lifestyle Lens Replacements
During cataract surgery, our doctors replace your natural lens with an intraocular lens. To provide our patients with excellent postoperative vision, we offer multiple types of IOLs. These lenses are versatile and reduce patients need for visual aids. These premium lenses allow us to take our patient's vision correction to new level by restoring their ability to focus on objects at various distances. There are three ranges of vision:
* Near or reading vision is for seeing at 14-16 inches away, such as reading a book or magazine
* Intermediate vision is for seeing 20-50 inches away, such as a computer screen, playing cards, or seeing a dashboard in a car.
* Distance vision is for seeing further than 5 feet away
IOLs cannot give you perfect vision. Each one has its strengths and weakness. The doctors at Athwal Eye Associates are experienced with various IOLs and will recommend the IOL that best suits your needs and lifestyle. The three categories of IOLs are:
* Accommodating- good for distance and intermediate vision
* Multifocal lenses- good for distance and near vision
* Toric Lenses- good for distance vision in patients with astigmatism
As the name implies, an accommodating lens is designed to flex or accommodate using the eye's natural muscles to focus on subjects at various distances, delivering a fuller, more natural range of vision. Crystalens is a FDA approved accommodating IOL. Crystalens reduces dependency on glasses. More than twice the number of patients implanted with the Crystalens, were able to see at all distances compared to a standard IOL.
This type of lens gives patients good distance and near vision when reading 14-16 inches away. For reading, it is far superior than a standard IOL. Tecnis Multifocal and ReStor IOLs are multifocal lenses.
This IOL is designed to deliver improved vision at distance. You probably will need glasses for near and intermediate vision. Tecnis-Toric IOL corrects astigmatism to improve distance vision.
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