CATARACT SURGERY
Slidell
Explore Your Options
Terry Hemelt, MD
Andrew Benson, MD
Board Certified Eye Surgeons
(985) 643-6355
Established 1983
LASER VISION
CORRECTION
$899/eye
CATARACT
SURGERY
COSMETICS
CATARACT SURGERY










STANDARD LENS IMPLANT










REFRACTIVE LENS IMPLANTS

MULTIFOCAL LENS IMPLANT

Currently approved by the FDA for implantation only at the time of
cataract surgery, this exciting new lens implant provides correction of
both distance and near vision without the need for glasses. Although
some people notice glare and halos around lights at night,  the greatly
reduced dependence on eyeglasses more than offsets this sometimes
annoying side effect.  Occasionally, some patients receiving this lens
implant will require weak reading glasses while working at the computer
and very rarely, eyeglasses may be required for some tasks at near.  
Some patients may choose to receive the MULTIFOCAL lens implant to
reduce their dependence on glasses before they develop cataracts.  The
patient must, however, understand that this is an "off-label" use of this
product (not FDA approved for this purpose) and must sign an
informed consent that states that they understand this fact as well as
all of the risks and benefits of the procedure.



ACRYSOF TORIC IMPLANT

The Acrysof Toric Implant is a special premium implant that is placed in
the eye at the time of cataract surgery.  The implant helps to greatly
reduce naturally occurring astigmatism.  Like the MULTIFOCAL lens
implant, it can only be implanted in patients with visually significant
cataracts.
Cataract Surgery is the most common and most successful surgery
performed in the world!!  Over the last 25 to 30 years the procedure
has been revolutionized.  Incision sizes have been reduced by 80%
and the occurrence of infection has been reduced by over 95%.  
Primarily, cataract surgery is a functional procedure that replaces the
cloudy lens of the eye with a clear implant.  Today, however, because
of the advances in technology, cataract surgery is as much a
refractive procedure as it is a functional procedure.  As is usually the
case when technology advances, the consumer (or patient in this
case) has more options to choose from!  Read on to learn your
options.
Until recently, this was the only choice of lens implants so the
discussion of "which implant" you would choose for your surgery was
not discussed.  The standard implant is a monofocal implant which
means it can only focus light at distance (driving, watching T.V., etc.)
or near (reading, computer, etc.), but not both at the same time.  
Additionally, these lenses do not correct
astigmatism.  So if you do
have astigmatism and you choose this implant, you will most likely
require a pair of bifocals or progressives in order to achieve excellent
visual acuity postoperatively.  If you are fortunate enough to not have
astigmatism, then you will more than likely achieve acceptable vision at
distance
or near without glasses with this implant but not both.
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