The technique of cataract removal has also undergone major improvements. Once upon a time, the cataract was removed whole through an incision over a half-inch long. Modern cataract surgery is performed by Clemson Eye surgeons through an incision less than 2.2 mm long. Drs. Parisi, Johnson and Glaser insert a small instrument through this tiny incision and break the cataract into many small pieces that are removed without the need for a large incision. There are many advantages to a smaller incision, including a faster recovery time, less need for glasses after surgery, and a smaller risk of infections after surgery. In addition, while the old incisions required many stitches to close up, our modern cataract surgery can often be performed without any stitches, or with one stitch at most.
During cataract surgery, the cloudy lens of your eye is removed and replaced with a clear lens implant. In the old days, there were no implants, and patients had to wear thick glasses (“Coke-bottle glasses”) after surgery to see well. Now our surgeons place implants directly into the eye, reducing or eliminating the need for any glasses after surgery. At Clemson Eye, we pride ourselves as being a "cut-above" the norm with Advanced Cataract Surgery utilizing the newest implants (called multifocal implants, or presbyopia-correcting implants ie. ReSTOR®) which can even provide sharp vision at both distance and up close, reducing or eliminating the need for any kind of glasses, including reading glasses, after surgery. At Clemson Eye, we are proud to provide you with this exciting new technology with the ReSTOR® lens.
ReSTOR® surgery is similar to standard cataract surgery plus addresses your need for glasses. The ReSTOR® lens provides you all ranges of vision, near, distance & intermediate and provides the best opportunity for you to never wear glasses again. In an FDA study of new technology, 80% of patients who had cataract surgery with the ReSTOR® lens in both eyes NEVER wore glasses again, while 94% of patients who had ReSTOR® put in both eyes said they would have the surgery again. In our clinic, these numbers have already been even higher. Our Clemson Eye Patient Surveys indicate that 95% of our ReSTOR® patients said that they would have the ReSTOR® lens again and recommend it to family or friends.
Antibiotic advancements also benefit patients undergoing cataract surgery. Cataract surgery is among the most successful operations in all of medicine, but complications can occasionally occur. One of the most severe complications is an infection in the eye called endophthalmitis. To reduce your risk of getting endophthalmitis, your doctor will prescribe antibiotic eye drops to use around the time of your surgery. New antibiotics developed in the past few years are more effective than ever at preventing eye infections during cataract surgery.
Routine cataract surgery is so well tolerated that it has become the most common surgery performed on adults in the United States. As a result of these many high-tech developments in all aspects of cataract surgery, the operation is more successful—and has a faster recovery time—than ever before.
If you are interested or would like more information about Advanced Cataract Surgery and the ReSTOR® lens, then we look forward to discussing the possibilities with you during your consultation.