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CATARACTS

Cataract is an eye disease that causes partial or in more advanced stages complete cloudiness in the eye’s lens

A cataract is a progressive clouding of the eye’s natural lens that interferes with the light passing through the retina. Patients usually describe the condition as being similar to looking through a waterfall, or a piece of wax paper, with a gradual blurring or dimming of vision. Over 50% of people of the age of 60, and quite a few younger than that, suffer from cataracts. There are several factors that cause cataracts - age, UV radiation, diabetes, obesity, hypertension, smoking, and previous eye injuries. Symptoms include blurred vision, sensitivity to light, night time glare, and temporary improvement in near-vision. Reading may become more difficult and driving can become dangerous. Patients are troubled by a bothersome glare, halos around lights, or even double vision.

As the cataract becomes worse, frequent changes in eyeglass prescription may become necessary. Late stages of impaired vision due to cataracts cannot be corrected with glasses or contact lenses. Once detected, the condition can be remedied by cataract surgery. Currently, there is no medical treatment to reverse or prevent the development of cataracts. Once they form, there is only one way to achieve vision again, and that is to physically remove the cataract from the eye by surgery. The good news however is that, once removed, cataracts will not grow back.

Though everyone heals somewhat differently from surgery, typically patients report improvement in their vision within a day after surgery. Most patients return to their normal work and lifestyle routines within a day or two. According to a survey conducted by the American Society of Cataract and Refractive surgery, more than 98% of cataract patients had their vision successfully improved after surgery. Many patients experience vision that is actually better than before they developed cataracts.

Dr. Priya offers excellent testing and diagnosis of cataracts using the latest technology, followed by and pre-operative care and referrals to the best cataract surgeons in the Naples, Bonita Springs and Ft. Myers area. She personally provides follow-up care in her office, and ensures communication with the surgeon on the post-operative care provided.

What is Posterior Capsulotomy or YAG laser?

Posterior capsulotomy, or YAG laser is a quick and painless laser procedure you might need at some point following a cataract surgery.

When you have cataract surgery, the surgeon removes your eye’s cloudy lens where the cataract has formed. The eyes natural lens is then replacing with a clear, artificial intraocular lens (IOL). The IOL is held in place in the eye’s natural capsule. Often times, weeks, months or years following cataract surgery, a film grows over the natural capsule causing blurry vision. With posterior capsulotomy, a laser is used to remove the film, once again restoring your crisp clear vision.

What are self-sealing incisions in the context of Cataract Surgery?

In this technique, the cataract us removed with an advanced technique called phacoemulsification, or small incision cataract surgery. Using on a topical anesthetic, a “stair-stepped” incision of about 1/8” in the sclera, the white part of the eye, or in the clear cornea, just about the area where the cornea meets the sclera. The cataract is then broken into microscopic particles using high energy sound waves and gently suctioned form the eye. An intra-ocular lens (IOL) is implanted into the eye to replace the eye’s natural lens. After using this special “stair-stepped” incision, the eye remains tightly sealed by the natural outward pressure within your eye.

ADVANCED TESTING LAB
RETINAL PHOTOGRAPHY
The Optomap, is state-of-the-art testing device that provides a set of enhanced ultra-widefield digital retinal images of your retina, within a few minutes. This screening method which entails getting high-resolution digital images of the inside of the eye, captures an image of more than 80% of your retina, and is especially important for individuals with a history of high blood pressure, diabetes, retinal diseases, or strong glasses prescriptions due to higher risk of retinal disorders such as Glaucoma.
Visual Field Testing
Visual field testing tests for horizontal and vertical range of peripheral vision. The test helps analyze the presence of potential blind spots which may be symptoms for a host of conditions ranging from eye diseases to brain disorders. For instance, Glaucoma-induced optic nerve damage is associated with a specific visual field defect. On the other hand, brain abnormalities such as those caused by tumors can be detected by a visual field test. Hence, this test s a critical test in the care regimen.
Optical Coherence Tomography Scans
An Optical Coherence Tomography scan (commonly referred to as an OCT scan) is the latest advancement in imaging technology. Similar to ultrasound, this diagnostic technique uses light rather than sound waves to achieve higher resolution pictures of the structural tissues of the back of the eye. A noninvasive, painless test, it works using light without radiation and is similar to a CT scan of the eye. And is essential for early diagnosis of Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, Diabetic retinal disease and conditions such as retinal detachment.
OCULUS Keratograph for Dry Eye Testing
The OCULUS Keratograph® 5M is an advanced non-invasive device for corneal topography and dry eye analysis. It is a corneal topographer with a built-in real keratometer and a color camera optimized for external imaging providing high-definition color images and video of the eye. It helps examine the meibomian glands, non-invasive tear film break-up time and the tear meniscus height measurement and evaluates the lipid layer.