Cataract removal and intraocular lens insertion have evolved
significantly over the last few decades. The older techniques involved
creating a large incision, removing the cataract in one piece,
inserting the implant, and then closing the incision with 9 to 11
sutures. Although this technique provided excellent visual results,
there was a prolonged recovery time of weeks to months after the
surgery before the final visual result was achieved.
Today we have the ability to create a tiny microscopic incision using
a diamond blade which virtually eliminates the need for a suture
because it is self-sealing. Through this tiny self-sealing incision,
we can safely remove the cloudy lens (the cataract) by ultrasound
(phacoemulsification) using the latest Alcon Infiniti Ozil software
and instruments, and efficiently implant the foldable intraocular lens
to restore your vision quickly. We most often perform these procedures
using only a numbing gel over the eye with a little sedation given by
the anesthesiologist. This results in a very quick recovery and a
speedy discharge home.
The new implants we use most often are all wavefront-corrected for
maximum visual clarity and have a blue light blocker which may help
prevent age-related macular degeneration. Many patients are candidates
for the newest generation of multifocal implants which help restore
far, intermediate (computer) and reading vision without the need for
glasses or contact lenses. Those patients with corneal astigmatism
(irregular cuvature in the front of the eye) may be candidates for the
newest toric (astigmatic) implants to eliminate or reduce astigmatism, thus freeing them from glasses for many visual tasks.
When Dr. Gold arrived in the Berkshires over 10 years ago, Fairview
Hospital purchased the most modern instruments
and equipment for cataract and other types of eye surgery. Over the
years, Fairview has updated this equipment to incorporate
the latest advancements in both hardware and software. This allows our
doctors to perform state-of-the-art cataract surgery using the most
up-to-date equipment available today.
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