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Custom Cataract Surgery

Cataracts can develop at any age, but they usually affect seniors. According to the National Eye Institute, more than half of Americans will have dealt with cataracts by the time they’re 80. A cataract is the clouding of the lens in the eye, affecting vision and making it blurry or dull.

Safe Cataract Extraction Services

If you suffer from a cataract and are looking for cataract extraction services, Alamo Heights Ophthalmology can help. Cataracts are extracted using phacoemulsification.

During this procedure, a small incision is made in the side of the cornea. A tiny instrument is inserted and uses high-frequency ultrasound to break up the cloudy lens and suction it out.

After, the cloudy lens is replaced with an intraocular lens.

When you choose our office to complete your custom cataract surgery, you’ll be getting the full benefit of our state-of- the-art technology. The AcrySof ReSTOR IOL is available through Alamo Heights Ophthalmology and delivers a high level of glasses-free vision for cataract patients.

-Risks of Custom Cataract Surgery

-Postoperative Care

-Am I a Candidate for Custom Cataract Surgery?

-Contact our CCS Surgeons in San Antonio and Floresville

The goal is to enhance your vision with custom cataract surgery that can provide a decreased dependency on glasses or bifocals. The vast majority of patients who chose custom cataract surgery report they can read a book, work on a computer, drive a car (day and night), and enjoy sport activities with an increased freedom from glasses.

Risks of Custom Cataract Surgery

Complications after cataract surgery are uncommon, and most can be treated successfully.

Cataract surgery risks include the following:

-Inflammation

-Infection

-Bleeding

-Swelling

-Retinal detachment

-Glaucoma

-Secondary cataract

If you have another eye disease or serious medical condition, your risk for these factors could increase and leave you requiring cataract surgery. If glaucoma or macular degeneration are possibilities, we’ll explore all options to make sure your eyes are receiving the best treatment possible.

Postoperative Care

-You may have some mild discomfort such as itching and tearing, as well as sensitivity to light after cataract surgery. It’s very important not to rub or press on your eye. Tylenol (acetaminophen) may be taken for any discomfort every four to six hours.

-Your doctor will give you an eye patch to wear after your surgery. You should wear this until your next follow-up appointment. For a week, you should protect your eyes at all times (eye patch at night, glasses/sunglasses during the day)

-Picking up heavy objects and bending over should be avoided at all costs, as these activities cause increased pressure on the eye.

-You can take a shower the day after surgery, but be careful not to get soap or water in your eye.

-An antibiotic and anti-inflammatory eye drop will be prescribed to avoid infection. Follow all directions from our doctors. .

After the surgery, blurry vision, aches and bruising around your eye are common. These should all go away within a few days. Although you may start to notice better vision right away, your eye is not completely healed until several weeks after your surgery. Because of this, you may have to limit exercise for a bit.

You’ll have several postoperative visits to the office so we can monitor your progress. At your last follow-up, we’ll test your vision, examine your eye, and see if glasses are needed.

Am I a Candidate for Custom Cataract Surgery?

The two conditions that custom cataract surgery addresses are Presbyopia and astigmatism. Presbyopia is the condition where it’s difficult to see up-close with the naked eye. Thought to be caused by the hardening of the lens as we age and making it more difficult for our eyes to change focus, this is most commonly corrected with bifocals, trifocals, and reading glasses. Astigmatism is a condition where the surface of the cornea is curved more like a football, with both flatter and steeper curves. As a result of this uneven curvature, your vision can be distorted because light rays are not focused at one spot.

Depending on the unique characteristics of your eye as well as your lifestyle needs, your doctor may or may not recommend surgery. We will discuss all of your options with you and find the best solution for your health.

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