Innovations In Cataract Surgery Part 3

Better Tech, Better Procedures

May 23, 2016

Cataracts are vision issues that are caused by a clouding of the lens in the eye. This clouding reduces the amount of light that is allowed to enter the e ye, and as a result when it occurs it will lead to lost vision. It’s s incredibly common, but thanks to the advancement of technology and modern medicine correcting cataracts has become much easier to do and is now handled with simple outpatient surgery.

However, things are always changing and new technologies are being introduced to the medical community which will likely make it even easier to regain vision. Here are some of the new technologies and advancements in the field that are changing things for patients suffering from cataracts.  Currently, conventional implants end up leaving a patient with reduced ‘near’ vision after the surgery is complete. Those who undergo the procedure will usually end up needing reading glasses.

However, multifocal lens implants have been approved and are likely going to play a major role in the future of cataracts.
They could reduce the need for reading glasses by improving vision as a whole.  Phacoemulsification is the process that removes the lens of the eye. Currently it uses a combination of ultrasound and vacuums to emulsify the lens and extract it. New systems being created now will generate higher flow rates with lower vacuum levels. This means that the process is more effective and leaves patients with shorter recovery times. Additional, laser assisted phacoemulsification has been introduced, leading to faster treatment times and more accurate incisions. The treatments are limited in the US, but will likely expand in the future.

Since early 2015, it’s been possible for surgeons to use a stereoscopic visualization system that allows them to see the surgical
field of view in real-time in 3-D. By viewing a simple flat-panel display, it’s possible for surgeons to work in a more comfortable
position and without the need to remain huddled over a microscope as they work. This helps keep surgeons more comfortable,
reduces back problems, and helps them get even better results as they remain steadier during the procedure. 

These are just 3 examples of the numerous exciting changes in cataract surgery. As new technologies are introduced, it’s likely that even better results will be available for patients.

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