What Are Cataracts?
The lens of a healthy eye focuses light that passes into the eye, producing clear, sharp images on the retina. A cataract occurs when there is a buildup of protein on the lens, which scatters the light as it passes through the lens, preventing a sharply defined image from reaching the retina. As a result, vision becomes blurred. There are many types of cataracts, with the most common type associated with aging. In fact, 50 percent of people over age 60 have some cataract formation.
Treating cataracts involves a two-step procedure. First an ultrasonic instrument or laser is used to break up and gently remove the existing cloudy lens (cataract) in the eye. Next, the removed lens is replaced with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). The entire procedure takes approximately 15 minutes and is done as an out-patient procedure.
As one of the leading cataract surgeons in Michigan, Dr. Haddad has completed over 20,000 cataract procedures, has served as the president of the Michigan Refractive Society, and delivers an ongoing training course for other doctors called, Treatment of Astigmatism in the Cataract Patient.
Advances in Cataract Lenses?
Up until recently, most cataract patients would require some sort of glasses after cataract surgery due to a physical limitation of hte traditional monofocal lens. These lenses would only focus on distance objects and were unable to change focus to near vision objects.
Due to recent advancements in lens technology, a premium class of intraocular lenses (IOL) are now available including Crystalens, ReStor, Technis, and Symphony; which each offer unique benefits and allow patients to focus on near, intermediate, and distance objects after cataract surgery – often eliminating the need for any type of glasses after.
Why Laser Eye Institute?
When it comes to cataract surgery it’s important to understand all of your options. Selecting the correct lens is often just one step in the process. Some patients may benefit from a combination of a special lens implant as well as laser vision correction to achieve their best vision possible. As an advanced laser center, with a comprehensive suite of laser vision correction technology, Laser Eye Institute is uniquely equipped to offer advanced vision correction options to our cataract patients significantly beyond those of a traditional cataract surgeon.