Full Focus Cataract Surgery
A cataract is a clouding of human lens inside the eye, resulting in blurred vision. Cataracts generally affect individuals over the age of 50. While cataracts occur as part of the aging process, many other conditions such as trauma, diabetes, vitamin deficiency or inflammatory diseases can accelerate cataract growth. Cataract surgery is a highly successful method of improving vision with the added benefit that many patients can eliminate their need for glasses after surgery.
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Cataract surgery involves removal of the cloudy lens, and replacement with an artificial lens, which is called an intraocular lens. For decades, these intraocular lenses were of a fixed focus variety, meaning that they would focus on one point in space. Reading glasses were required for near and intermediate vision with these older intraocular lenses. One of Dr. Dell’s primary areas of research is the development of intraocular lenses to eliminate the need for reading glasses. In 2001, Dr. Dell performed a series of operations using a special intraocular lens called the Crystalens. This FDA-sponsored clinical research trial led to full FDA approval of the Crystalens in 2003.
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The Crystalens® Intraocular Lens
The Crystalens® is an intraocular lens that has the unique ability to “zoom focus”, giving patients the ability to see well at distance, intermediate and near without glasses following surgery. Data from Dr. Dell’s clinical trial involving over 400 eyes indicated that without using any glasses, nearly every patient could see well enough to pass the Texas driver’s license exam for distance vision, but could also see well enough at near to read the stock tables in a newspaper.
Qualified surgeons using the Crystalens must pass a rigorous certification process assessing their surgical skill, accuracy and proficiency. Dr. Dell personally trained hundreds of U.S. surgeons certified to use the Crystalens. All of the eye doctors in Austin who have had the Crystalens implanted have selected Dr. Dell as their surgeon. For patients living outside the Austin, Texas area who wish to have surgery with Dr. Dell at Texan Eye, arrangements can often be made to offer some of the post-operative care closer to home with one of these Crystalens certified surgeons. Dr. Dell is a consultant to Bausch and Lomb, the manufacturer of the Crystalens.
ReStor® and TECNIS® Multifocal Intraocular Lenses
ReStor® and TECNIS® Multifocal Intraocular Lenses are brand names of two additional intraocular lenses with the ability to provide good distance, intermediate and near vision. Each of these lenses uses a different optical strategy to achieve its visual goals. In certain patients, a different type of lens is used in each eye to achieve the desired result. Dr. Dell is a consultant for the manufacturers of both of these lenses.
All of these intraocular lens technologies are generally only appropriate for patients over the age of 40, however many patients in this age group are better candidates for LASIK. The decision of which type of surgery or implant lens is best for you is a highly individualized one, which is based on a variety of factors. Our doctors will discuss the best option for you at the time of your consultation.
Toric Intraocular Lenses for Astigmatism
We offer the complete range of toric intraocular lenses that can correct almost all levels of astigmatism, including:
TRULIGN™ Toric Posterior Chamber Intraocular Lens
TECNIS® Toric 1-Piece IOL
AcrySof® IQ Toric IOL
Laser Cataract Surgery
Laser Cataract Surgery is a term referring to using a femtosecond laser to assist in the removal of cataracts. Dr. Dell, serves as a consultant to LenSx, the manufacturer of the first FDA-approved laser for cataract surgery. In 2010, he became the second surgeon in the United States to perform Laser Cataract Surgery. The first surgeon to use this laser was Stephen G. Slade MD in Houston, Texas. Dr. Dell has spent the last several years working with the team that developed this laser, and educating other surgeons on this technology. In 2011, Dr. Dell served as the Program Chairman of the first major medical meeting in the United States on Laser Cataract Surgery.
Through Dr. Dell’s consulting relationships with innovative technology manufacturers, we are able to honor our commitment to provide Austin area patients with world leading technology, often years before other surgeons. Now that Laser Cataract Surgery is becoming commercially available in the US, other surgeons are beginning to adopt it. We continue working intently on bringing more accurate and efficient technology to the United States to improve the standard of care for our patients.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is Full Focus® Cataract Surgery like?
Surgery to implant Full Focus® intraocular lenses is brief and virtually pain-free. Eye drops are used to anesthetize your eyes and mild sedatives are provided to help you relax. Full Focus® lens surgery takes approximately 20 minutes. You might feel pressure, but typically no pain. There are generally no shots required.
The surgery is done with microscopic instruments and is incredibly accurate. A small corneal incision (about 1/12th of an inch wide) is used to implant the lens. Because the cornea does not have blood vessels and the incision is so small, stitches are typically not used and there is rarely any bleeding.
How quickly will my vision improve following surgery?
Your vision may be mildly blurry in the first few days following surgery. However, as your eyes heal, you will notice increasing improvements in your distance, intermediate, and near vision. The results are such that the majority of patients can pass the driver’s license vision test, and can read a newspaper without glasses.
Does insurance cover Full Focus® Cataract Surgery?
For patients with cataracts, most insurance companies will cover a large portion of the surgery. If Full Focus® lens implants are selected, an additional upgrade fee is required to obtain these premium lenses. The insurance specialists at our Austin eye centers can tell you the portion of your surgery that will be covered by your insurance, as well as assist you with financing options as needed.