How Can Cataract Surgery Correct Presbyopia?

couple-bike-rideIn our last blog post, we talked about some of the common, frustrating symptoms of presbyopia, which affects our ability to focus as we age. In this blog, we will discuss some of the available treatment options for patients with both presbyopia and cataracts. Our surgeons at New Eyes, Helga F. Pizio, MD and Ksenia Stafeeva, MD, offer the latest surgical solutions – including laser cataract surgery with multifocal lens implants – which can reduce or eliminate dependence on glasses after cataract surgery.

Many people develop cataracts in addition to presbyopia as we age. A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural crystalline lens, creating blurriness that cannot be corrected with glasses or contact lenses. Cataracts are removed surgically and replaced with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). Monofocal IOLs can address either distance- or near-vision only and patients must still wear glasses. Multifocal IOLs are very beneficial for presbyopic cataract patients who are motivated to reduce their dependence on wearing bifocals, trifocals, or reading glasses after cataract surgery. Multifocal IOLs can allow a patient to see both distant and near objects without depending on glasses or contact lenses.

When performing cataract surgery and presbyopia treatment with multifocal IOLs, Dr. Pizio and Dr. Stafeeva utilize the LenSx® Femtosecond Laser, an extraordinarily precise laser incision technique during cataract surgery that can result in the most optimal vision correction results possible. Also, during the operation, our surgeons use the ORA laser to measure the eye more accurately than any in-office technique, ensuring the best customized lens power for each eye.

Presbyopia and the progressive impairment of near-vision is part of the natural aging process and will happen to all of us. However, the advanced treatments available for this common condition can significantly reduce its effect on your day-to-day life. If you would like to learn more about our presbyopia treatment options during cataract surgery, or if you would like to schedule a consultation and eye evaluation here at New Eyes, please contact us today.