In a normal, healthy eye, the lens focuses light passing into the eye to produce clear, sharp images on the retina. A cataract occurs when there is a buildup of protein on this lens causing the light to scatter instead of focus. This prevents a clear, sharp 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, and because vision gradually worsens over time they may not be aware they have cataracts.
Treatment of a cataract involves a two-step procedure. First an ultrasonic instrument or laser is used to break up and gently remove the existing cloudy lens (the cataract lens) in the eye. Next the removed lens is replaced with an artificial replacement lens (known as an IOL). This replacement lens restores the ability to focus clear sharp images on the retina. Patients notice significantly improved vision almost immediately after cataract surgery. The entire procedure takes approximately 15 minutes and is performed as an out-patient procedure.
Up until recently, most cataract patients would require some sort of glasses after cataract surgery due to a physical limitation of the traditional, or monofocal lens implant. These lenses would only focus on distance objects and were unable to change focus to near vision objects.
Due to recent advanced in lens technology, a premium class of lens implants are now available with each offering unique benefits allowing patients to focus on near, intermediate, and distance objects after cataract surgery - often eliminating the need for any type of glasses after cataract surgery.
Not all cataract surgery is the same. At Laser Eye Institute we specialize in correcting vision and are able to treat your cataracts while also improving your near, intermediate and distance vision.
Our advanced technology allows us to accurately measure and treat your cataract while simultaneously correcting your vision reducing your need for glasses after cataract surgery.
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 type of 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.
As one of the leading cataract surgeons in Michigan, Dr. Haddad has performed 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.