Options for Cataract Surgery

The latest technology in cataract surgery is the CATALYS® Precision Laser System. It can replace the use of traditional handheld blades for cataract surgery.

The CATALYS® Precision Laser System produces better outcomes from cataract surgery. It also gives you a shorter procedure and recovery time.

This breakthrough technology gives your surgeon real-time, three-dimensional visualization of your eye. It results in a customized treatment plan for each of your eyes.

Eye Specialty Group is proud to offer such an advanced procedure. We are the first in the area to bring patients the enhanced outcomes of this laser cataract surgery platform.

What is The CATALYS® Precision Laser System?

The CATALYS® Precision Laser System is the world’s most advanced laser cataract surgery platform. It is the system of choice for laser cataract surgery at Eye Specialty Group.

The system uses optical coherence tomography (OCT) to map your eye. OCT takes cross-section images of your eye to create three-dimensional maps of it. These maps guide your surgeon throughout the procedure.

How Does Cataract Surgery Work?

Cataracts don’t grow on top of your natural lens. They grow inside it. The only way to get rid of them is to remove your lens.

Cataract surgery removes and replaces your natural lenses with an intraocular lens or IOL. The IOL you choose before the procedure handles focusing light on your retina.

Before the procedure begins, your surgeon numbs your eyes with anesthetic eye drops. When they take effect, the procedure can begin.

Your surgeon starts by creating a small incision in your cornea. This incision allows them to access the lens behind it.

When they can reach the lens, they break it into tiny bits, making it easier to remove. They take it out with light suction, replace it with your IOL, and the procedure is over.

The incision in your cornea heals on its own. Over the next few days, you should begin to see dramatic improvements in your vision.

What is Laser Cataract Surgery?

Laser cataract surgery follows the same process as standard cataract surgery. But, it is more precise and quicker because it uses lasers.

Before laser cataract surgery begins, your surgeon uses a laser to take the images of your eye.

These images go into a computer program, which creates a three-dimensional map of your eye. This map then guides your surgeon through the procedure.

It informs them on the best place to make the corneal incision and aids in placing the IOL in your eye. A different laser breaks your lens into smaller pieces. Using a laser to do this reduces the damage done inside your eye.

In traditional cataract surgery, ultrasound frequencies break your lens. While this is effective, it creates more inflammation and a longer recovery time than a laser.

What Are The Benefits of Laser Cataract Surgery?

Using a laser for cataract surgery makes the procedure faster and more precise. The precision that lasers provide has two main benefits.

The first is that your recovery should be faster and easier. The accuracy of the lasers limits tissue damage.

Minor damage reduces inflammation and eye trauma. A reduction in trauma and inflammation means your recovery is faster and simpler.

Enhanced visual outcomes are the second benefit of laser cataract surgery. Lasers create more accurate incisions, gentler lens removal, and more exact IOL placement.

The exactness of these steps creates enhanced visual outcomes over traditional cataract surgery. That means less chance of needing glasses and better visual acuity afterward.

Would you like to have laser cataract surgery when it’s time to take your cataracts out? Schedule an appointment at Eye Specialty Group in Memphis, TN, to see if you qualify for this enhanced procedure. Call 901-685-2200

With advancements in technology, there are several ways to renew your vision and regain control of your life. During cataract surgery, your natural lens is replaced by an artificial intraocular lens or IOL.

Near | Intermediate | Distance

Having cataract surgery removes your cataracts and reduces your dependency on glasses and contacts. Here at Eye Specialty Group, our practice offers cataract surgery patients solutions to see better and regain control of their lives!

What Is an Intraocular Lens?

With age, proteins in the lens can become cloudy, making it harder to see. This is known as a cataract, and the cloudy lens is surgically removed and replaced with an intraocular lens (IOL). An IOL is an artificial lens implanted in the eye during cataract surgery.

There are many kinds of IOLs available. What IOL is suitable for you depends on several factors, including your lifestyle and your surgeon’s recommendation.

What Are My IOL Options?

Eye Specialty Group offers multiple IOL options:

Monofocal IOL

Traditionally cataract surgery has been performed with a monofocal lens. With this lens, most patients experience improved distance vision while still needing to wear glasses at all distances. If a monofocal IOL is also chosen with Catalys Laser Cataract Surgery, you can expect that the combination of the Catalys Laser Cataract Surgery with your monofocal IOL will give you clearer distance vision than the use of a monofocal IOL with traditional cataract surgery.

TECNIS Eyhance IOLTecnis Eyhance IOL

The TECNIS Eyhance monofocal intraocular lens provides a continuous change in power from its outer area to its center. This creates a unique surface that improves intermediate distance vision extends the depth of focus while maintaining distance image quality.

Tests have also shown that the Eyhance lens has superior nighttime contrast.

With these improvements over traditional monofocal IOLs, the Eyhance IOL completely redefines the concept of what a monofocal lens is and can be.

Multifocal & Accommodating Lifestyle IOL

For patients that want to say goodbye to their cataracts while also reducing their dependence on glasses, reading glasses, bifocals, or trifocals, Eye Specialty Group is proud to offer an exciting and advanced solution – Lifestyle IOLs.

These IOLs provide you with sight at multiple focal points while still removing your cataracts. They also give you a wider range of vision, meaning you can see at distances that are near, far, and in between. Want to depend less on your glasses? A lifestyle IOL is certainly worth considering!

TECNIS Symfony IOL

The TECNIS Symfony intraocular lens is designed to help the effects of presbyopia, providing patients with excellent visual acuity at all distances. Instead of splitting light into specific focal points, it elongates focus, resulting in a more considerable depth of field. This is called an extended depth of focus (EDOF) IOL.

The result? You end up with a full range of continuous vision while maintaining high image contrast at the same time. The Symfony lens is an excellent choice for any patient who’s struggling with both presbyopia and cataracts.

Vivity IOL

The Vivity lens uses proprietary non-diffractive technology known as X-Wave. X-Wave technology provides patients with high-quality distance vision, excellent intermediate vision, and functional up-close vision.

The Vivity IOL is the first and only non-diffractive EDOF IOL. Thanks to the X-Wave technology, the Vivity lens can stretch and shift light without splitting it.

For patients, this means an extended focal range that uses all available light. It also protects against damage from UV rays and even filters blue light emitted from digital devices.

If you have astigmatism, the Vivity IOL also comes in a toric model to correct astigmatism during cataract surgery.

PanOptix Trifocal IOL

Alcon’s PanOptix trifocal lens is the only trifocal IOL that’s FDA approved. With this revolutionary new IOL, you’ll experience superb intermediate and distance vision without sacrificing any of your up-close sight.

AcrySof IQ PanOptix

Trifocal lenses split light three ways, as opposed to other intraocular lenses that split it in two. The PanOptix trifocal IOL has blue and ultraviolet light filtering material, protecting your eyes when you need it most.

You’ll have clearer and sharper vision with the PanOptix trifocal lens, meaning you’re less likely to need your glasses. You’ll also no longer need to strain to see since there are no blurry zones, meaning you’ll see clearly and with zero effort, wherever you are! You’ll be able to see in all lighting conditions, even dim lighting.

Unfortunately, no IOL can guarantee perfect vision at all distances or in all environments for all patients. The only way to know for sure which IOL is right for you is to schedule a cataract evaluation with one of our refractive surgeons.

Cataract Self Test