A cataract is a cloudy area in the lens of the eye. A normal lens is clear and focuses light to the back of the eye. As we age, the lens hardens and becomes cloudy, blocking some of the light. As a cataract develops, it becomes increasingly difficult for a person to see. Symptoms of a cataract include:
- Blurred nighttime or driving vision
- Sensitivity to light
- Glare from sunlight or the headlights of cars
- Halos around light
- Change in glasses prescription and/or distorted images
- Needing more light to read
Micro Incisional Approach – With an estimated 19 million cases performed worldwide each year, cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed surgical treatments in the world. In the United States, nearly one third of patients are younger than 60 years of age. Once a cataract reduces your vision, there are currently no medications, eye drops, glasses or exercises that will reverse this process.
The only way to treat a cataract is to remove it surgically. At Assil Eye Institute, We also offer patients Laser Cataract Surgery using both the iFS and the LensAR™ Femtosecond Laser Systems. The LensAR™ provides the most revolutionary breakthrough of any laser cataract technology to date.
Modern cataract surgery is performed through a small incision, and the cataract is dissolved, using a tiny ultrasound probe and removed with gentle suction. Then, a new, perfectly clear, permanent Intraocular lens is put in its place. This surgery is very quick, virtually painless, involves no bleeding and typically uses no sutures.
At the Assil Eye institute, we take this process a step further, utilizing an armamentarium of technologies designed to make the procedure safer, with faster visual recovery.
A subset of these advances include:
- The most thorough set of pre-operative testing, including measurement of eye power and intraocular lens sizing, using multiple, different measuring systems (to ensure greatest accuracy).
- Our micro incisional technology, which permits cataract removal through a 2mm opening (most other centers are using entry sites which are approximately 50% larger). This enables even faster sealing and recovery
- Use of more advanced “cold” and “ellipse” ultrasound, which Dr. Assil has demonstrated to result in less early ocular edema, again translating into greater safety, efficacy and faster visual recovery.
- The most comprehensive inventory of Intraocular lenses, to ensure a best product type and shape match for your eye.
- Your surgeon will remain personally involved in your post operative examinations during your healing.
- Full visual recovery may take several weeks to stabilize, but most people see better and resume all normal activities the day after surgery.
When you select The Assil Eye Institute for your cataract removal, you will enjoy all the benefits of excellence and experience for which we are proud to be known.
Just as we are the only Center to feature two sets of LASIK Lasers, so too, are we the only Center to feature two distinct cataract Laser systems.
Lensar – Dr. Assil selected the LensAR™ Femtosecond Laser System as the lead laser for our patients, as it provides the most revolutionary breakthrough of any laser cataract technology to date. The LensAR™ system’s unique ability to directly and precisely define the cataracts entire anatomy, without reliance on extrapolating (estimating) algorithms, renders it the safest possible solution for cataract removal today.
The revolutionary ORA System™ is a cutting edge technology by Wavetec® that allows our doctors to take a picture of the eye at the time of surgery to verify that the nearsightedness, farsightedness or the astigmatism (eyeglass prescription) was corrected, and that the exact correct powered Intraocular lens (IOL) was selected. The ORA System™ is also used when doing Limbal Relaxing Incisions (LRI), or placing Toric (astigmatism correcting) lenses. LRI’s are a refractive surgical procedure to correct minor astigmatism in the eye. Micro-incisions are made in the outer (non-seeing) part of the cornea, causing a slight flattening in that region (“rounding out” the cornea), thus correcting the astigmatism and accompanying visual distortion.
The doctors at the Assil Eye Institute are committed to providing the highest quality of vision possible to their patients. Using the ORA System™ helps them achieve this goal, because for the first time ever, the surgeon is able to correct the eye prescription in “real time” so the patient may not need any glasses after surgery.
Dr. Assil is perhaps the worlds foremost authority on the ORA SYSTEM, as he serves on the Medical Advisory Board of WaveTec® and was the world’s first physician to use the ORA System™ technology (beginning in 2008) which has dramatically advanced the successful outcome of cataract surgery by freeing patients from eyeglasses, often for the first time in their lives.
Premium Lens Options – Multifocal Intraocular lenses offer patients the possibility of seeing at distance and up close without needing glasses after cataract surgery. Discuss this option with the doctor when you have your examination to schedule your cataract surgery.
- Tecnis Multi Focal®
- AcrySof Toric®
Delux Lens Options – Delux lenses are monofocal, or single vision lenses. Patients who are comfortable with their reading glasses may prefer to have single-vision lenses at the time of cataract surgery. This will give them crisp, clear distance vision, much like when they were young, but they will still need their reading glasses. Toric lenses are designed to eliminate your astigmatism. Your surgeon will discuss which lens right for you.
Contact Assil Eye Institute today to make your appointment to have your cataracts removed and restore your quality of life!
Nearsightedness – Also known as myopia, nearsightedness is the inability to see clearly at a distance. It is the result of an eye that is too long or the outside surface (the cornea) being too curved.
Farsightedness – Also known as hyperopia, farsightedness is the inability to see clearly up close. It is the result of an eye that is too short or the outside surface (the cornea) is too flat.
Presbyopia – Presbyopia is the cause for reading glasses. It usually begins affecting vision about age 40 for most people. When a patient has presbyopia, the natural lens of the eye has lost its ability to”zoom.” A result of being presbyopic is having to hold things farther away to read or a dependence on reading glasses or bifocals.
Cataracts – A cataract is a cloudy formation on the natural lens of the eye, gradually causing a reduction in clear vision. Symptoms range from glare around headlights at night to needing more light when reading.