Cataracts are the leading cause of visual loss in adults age 55 and older and the leading cause of blindness worldwide. By age 65, about half of the human population has a cataract, and by age 75, almost everyone has some form of cataract. However, cataracts are highly treatable, and through advances in both cataract surgery and the intraocular lens implants, more people are experiencing full restoration of their vision than ever before.

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Cataract treatment and options

Although stronger eyeglasses or brighter lighting may help relieve symptoms of a cataract in the early stages, surgery is the only cure and the most common form of treatment. In fact, millions of people undergo this vision-saving procedure each year. Cataract surgery is a relatively simple outpatient procedure where the eye’s natural lens is removed and replaced with an artificial lens, called a intraocular implant (IOL).

Why do you need an intraocular lens implant?

Much like a camera, your eye’s natural crystalline lens plays an important role in focusing images. When a cataract clouds the lens, it makes it virtually impossible to see clearly. When your cataract progresses to the point that daily tasks become difficult and interferes with your quality of life, you will need cataract surgery. During surgery, your eye’s natural lens will be replaced by an intraocular lens, or IOL. An intraocular lens is an artificial lens made of silicone or acrylic that performs the function of the eye’s natural lens. Most of today’s IOLs are around a quarter of an inch in diameter and soft enough to be folded so they can be placed into the eye through a very small incision.

Richens Eye Center among first vision practices selected to offer breakthrough Tecnis Symfony Lens

New Lens Option for Cataract Patients Providing Benefits Never Before Offered

Dr. Sharon Richens and Dr. Shawno May of Richens Eye Center, St. George’s renowned eye surgeons and elite ophthalmology practice, continue their reputation for progressing vision correction in Southern Utah by now being among the first to bring the latest in cataract surgery technology, Abbott’s Tecnis Symfony Lens. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved this first-of-its-kind intraocular lens (IOL) for cataract treatment that provides improved vision at near, intermediate, and far distances as other multifocal lenses before it, but with less incidence of halo and glare post-operatively.

Cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed procedures in the United States. “Modern technology has completely transformed cataract surgery. Now, it provides our patients the option to improve not only their vision but their lifestyle, by reducing their dependence on glasses.” Dr. Shawno May

First approved in 1997, Multifocal IOLs enable a full range of vision, reducing the need to wear glasses or contact lenses for intermediate or near distances. Results from clinical-trials show the Tecnis Symfony IOL not only has a low occurrence of nighttime glare and halos similar to that of a standard monofocal lens while also providing continuous vision at all ranges without any drop-offs in between. In fact, 97% of patients in the trial indicated that they would elect to have the lens implanted again.

“With this approval, many more people will now have access to these game-changing lenses and the accompanying benefits, including the freedom to enjoy the activities that matter to them, while wearing glasses less. Symfony not only offers patients continuous, high-quality vision, but also treats people beyond their cataracts by addressing presbyopia and astigmatism, two common vision conditions. The Symfony IOL is truly a one of a kind lens and we are thrilled to offer it to our cataract patients.” Dr. Sharon Richens

Richens Eye Center offers a full range of surgical vision correction procedures and works closely with each individual patient to determine the option that might be best for them and their lifestyle.

Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery

Just as you have options when it comes to choosing the IOL that you receive during cataract surgery, you also have the option of choosing the technology that’s used to perform the procedure. That means you have the choice between surgery performed manually using ultrasound or with the assistance of laser technology.

Either procedure can be effective when performed by our skilled surgeons, but laser-assisted cataract surgery procedures are generally more predictable and precise. Laser-assisted cataract surgery technology can automate certain steps of the procedure with laser precision. If you opt for laser cataract surgery, your surgeon will operate the LenSx® Laser, which offers a level of accuracy exceeding that of manual surgery methods. The LenSx® Laser first images your eye to plan a procedure that’s unique to you. A bladeless, computer-controlled laser then helps your surgeon perform your surgery with exacting, individualized precision not attainable with traditional surgical methods.

ORA-Guided Cataract Surgery

This is a revolutionary and innovative technology called ORA (Optiwave Refractive Analysis) that allows your surgeon to analyze your eye and tailor your treatment, including the IOL power, during the cataract procedure.

ORA measurements are taken after the cataract is removed, when the surgeon has a clear view of your eye. This incredibly accurate, real-time display of your eye provides the surgeon with an unprecedented level of information about your eye and allows for the customization of the procedure to achieve the best possible visual outcome.

Intraocular lens options

Medicare and Health Plan benefits cover surgery with a standard, or monofocal, lens implant. However, you may choose to receive a specialized lens for an added fee. Private insurance policies vary, but many also offer policy holders the choice of receiving a specialized lens as long as they pay the difference.

Astigmatism Correcting Intraocular Lens

Astigmatism is a common condition that may cause blurred vision. The distorted vision is due to the eye’s cornea (corneal astigmatism) or lens (lenticular astigmatism) having an irregular shape.

Astigmatic patients who are planning cataract surgery can request the use a Toric IOL during their lens replacement – treating the cataract and the astigmatism at the same time. The Toric IOL is ideal for cataract patients with regular, pre-existing astigmatism.

Premium Multifocal Intraocular Lens Implants

What is a multifocal lens implant? Unlike the monofocal lens that will focus light to only one point in space, A multifocal lens has more than one point of focus. It corrects vision at distance, intermediate and near. If you are a good candidate for these lenses, this options gives you the best possible chance to reduce your dependence on glasses.

About Richens Eye Center

Richens Eye Center, located at 161 W 200N Suite 200, St. George, UT 84770, offers advanced eye care services including laser vision correction, cataract surgery and advanced lifestyle lenses, treatment and surgery for eye conditions such as glaucoma and macular degeneration. Our highly trained, board certified and experienced surgeons, Dr. Richens & Dr. May strive to deliver the finest care and surgical outcomes for each and every one of their patients, utilizing the most advanced, field proven technology and techniques to deliver the very best solutions.

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