CUSTOMIZED CATARACT SURGERY
Newsom Eye offers customized cataract surgery to provide the best technology and lens options available. During your presurgical cataract evaluation, our Newsom Eye team will review the standard and customized cataract lens options to help each patient determine what best suits their specific visual needs and lifestyle. Standard cataract surgery using monofocal implants may help to correct distance vision, but glasses will likely be needed for near and intermediate vision.
Newsom Eye offers a detailed process for the treatment of cataracts. Cataract surgery starts with topical drop anesthesia, and then ultrasound is used to soften the natural lens that has become cloudy. The softened lens is gently suctioned out through a small incision, and then a lens implant is inserted through that same incision. The choice of a customized lens, combined with the expertise of our Newsom Eye team, may reduce or possibly eliminate the need for glasses and bifocals for cataract patients. With the surgical techniques available at Newsom Eye, your results can be adjusted after surgery to further customize your vision.
Customized Cataract Lenses
Newsom Eye offers a wide range of customized cataract lenses. Customized cataract surgery can give patients the ability to see in the distance, intermediate, and even up close, with little to no dependency on reading glasses or bifocals. Most patients that choose customized cataract lenses can do most things, the majority of the time without glasses. However, reading glasses may be required to see the fine print, such as the back of a medicine bottle or in a dark setting.
Newsom Eye is involved in multiple FDA studies and served as a Principal Investigator of the RxSight™ Light Adjustable Lens (LAL). The LAL is the first intraocular lens (IOL) that allows for adjustments after cataract surgery using a light delivery device. This is the first and only FDA-approved IOL of this nature, allowing patients to design, trial, and customize their vision.
When undergoing cataract surgery, your Newsom Eye surgeon will insert a standard monofocal lens implant. This allows for improved vision since the cataract is removed, but patients still have to wear glasses, especially for reading or working on a computer. With blended vision, your surgeon will custom tailor your lenses to allow your non-dominant eye to see well up close, and the other eye (dominant eye) for distance vision. Blended vision allows patients to do most things, the majority of the time without glasses.
Astigmatism Lens Implants
Cataract surgery offers the chance to also correct astigmatism, through the latest innovation in Intraocular Lens (IOL) technology. Toric IOLs takes the proven solution for precise astigmatism correction and adds the enhanced image quality of an aspheric lens. Together, these elements offer outstanding surgical precision with enhanced visual outcomes. Newsom Eye also offers Tecnis Symfony IOL®, which allows patients to benefit from the advantages of customized cataract surgery, correcting their astigmatism.
Standard Lens Implant
For patients undergoing cataract surgery, a standard lens implant is usually covered by insurance. Patients that undergo cataract surgery with a standard lens implant, generally have good vision and are typically very happy because their cataract has been removed and they can now enjoy cataract-free vision. Oftentimes, patients still have to wear glasses for distance, as well as for reading or seeing up close. If your goal is independence from glasses or contacts, then ask our Newsom Eye doctor about Premium Lens Implants or Blended Vision.
Is a Premium Lens or Blended Vision Worth It?
Think of it like this. Your vision is something you will use every waking moment of your life. If it’s something you can afford, then it is definitely worth it. If a Premium Intraocular Lens is something you are interested in, please mention it during your cataract consultation. Remember, with a premium lens implant or blended vision, patients can do most things the majority of the time without glasses.
Also, please review our Cataract FAQs for answers to other frequently asked questions about cataract surgery.