At Long Vision Center, good vision can be safely restored with a simple outpatient procedure. Dr. Clint Long performs "no stitch/small incision cataract surgery" by removing the cataract through a process called phacoemulsification. Phacoemulsification (phaco) is a painless surgical technique, which uses ultrasound technology.
During cataract surgery, the clouded natural lens is removed and is replaced with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). Based on your individual lifestyle needs, Dr. Clint Long's goal is to help reduce your dependency on glasses and contacts. Depending on the results of your examination, you may have the option to choose a monofocal IOL (corrects distance vision only), a premium multifocal or accommodating IOL (corrects all three ranges of vision: near, far, and everything in between), or a toric IOL (corrects astigmatism and distance vision). During your visit, Dr. Clint Long will make a lens recommendation specifically tailored to meet your needs and enhance your vision.
The Basic Monofocal Lens Implant (Traditional)
With single-vision lens implants, there is a very high likelihood that you will need glasses for most near-vision activities after surgery, even if you do not wear near-vision glasses before surgery. These activities include such things as reading, applying makeup, shaving, reading your watch and dialing your cell phone.
AcrySof® ReSTOR® Premium Lens Implant
Using the newest technology, implants such as the AcrySof® ReSTOR®, are designed to provide a full range of vision--near, far and everything in between. Based on FDA clinical data, 80% of patients who have elected to have the AcrySof® ReSTOR® don't need glasses after surgery for any of their daily activities. Those who do need glasses, need them only occasionally for very specific tasks. The goal of the AcrySof® ReSTOR® lens is to allow you to live essentially spectacle-free.
Crystalens® HD Premium Lens Implant
The Crystalens® HD is an accommodating intraocular lens designed with a hinge to allow the lens to move back and forth, as you focus from various distances from near to far. The Crystalens® HD is designed to reproduce the natural accommodation of our eyes that began to deteriorate around the age of 40. Most Crystalens® patients are able to read the newspaper, see their computer and read the clock across the room without glasses after surgery.
AcrySof® Toric (Astigmatism Correcting) Premium Lens Implant
The AcrySof® Toric lens implant is specifically designed to help those who have a significant amount of astigmatism. The design of the AcrySof� Toric lens makes it possible to reduce or eliminate astigmatism and significantly improves distance vision. Most patients, after surgery, can function well for far-away activities without glasses. These lens implants do not provide near focus and reading glasses are still needed after surgery.
Tecnis® Multifocal Lens
The Tecnis® Multifocal lens is an intraocular (IOL) lens that can be used during cataract surgery to replace the cloudy, aged natural lens. This advanced technology lens is ideal for cataract patients with difficulty reading, seeing close objects, and who wear bifocals and have changing eyeglass prescriptions, as it accommodates to all distances for clear vision from near to far with everything in between.
If you are experiencing any symptoms of cataracts, we encourage you to contact us at 903-892-2020 to schedule a cataract evaluation exam.
Long Vision Center Offers Catalys ® Precision Laser System for Cataract Surgery
Millions of people around the world live with cataracts, a common condition in which the eye’s lens becomes progressively cloudy, making vision fuzzy or filmy and normal daily living activities more difficult. Poor vision caused by cataracts cannot be corrected with glasses or contacts, but it can be treated with surgery to remove and replace the cataract.In fact, cataract surgery is one of the most widely performed procedures worldwide, estimated at 19 million cases each year.1
For decades, cataract surgeons have used handheld instruments to perform some of the most challenging parts of the procedure. Today, surgeons at Long Vision Center are performingthese steps witha new, FDA market cleared laser system called CATALYS ®.CATALYS combines a femtosecond laser, 3D imaging, sophisticated software and a number of other innovative features that make the cataract procedure highly customized, gentle and significantly more precise than manual surgery.2,3The imaging and laser portion of the treatment takes only a few minutes and causes little or no discomfort to patients. Long Vision Center is first in theSherman, Texas area to offer theunique technology.
Every eye has a distinct size and shape. CATALYS’ advanced 3D imaging technology customizes the cataract procedure bybuilding a 3D map of each eye. Surgeons at Long Vision Center thenautomatically tailorthe individual patient’streatment plan to that map.
Next, they use CATALYS to create a circular opening in the capsule that holds the cataract. The goal in this step is to create an opening that is as circular as possible and sized to fit the replacement lens. Clinical studies have shown that CATALYScreates these circular openingsapproximately 10 times more accurately than those created by hand.2,3
The circular opening then allows the surgeon to access andremove the cataract. In the traditional manual procedure, a mechanical instrument and ultrasound energy are usedduring this step to break up and take out the lens. With CATALYS, the laser softens the cataract and breaks it intotiny pieces. The new softening techniqueallows for more gentle removal by nearly or completely eliminating the ultrasound energy required. 4 This low-energy approach reduces inflammation, with faster recovery expected.5
Depending on the patient’s pre-operative vision and desired visual result, Long Vision Center surgeons may recommend a tailored treatment plan with Catalys that could include creating ultra-precise laser incisions in the cornea and a specific lens type, such as a multi-focal lens for near and far vision. This tailored treatment may reduce the need for glasses or contacts after surgery.
The CATALYS Precision Laser System was developed by global ophthalmic company OptiMedica Corp. (Sunnyvale, Calif.) in close collaboration with a Medical Advisory Board of cataract surgery experts from around the world.
For more information, visit www.optimedica.com.
1 2011 Market Scope Report on the Global Cataract Equipment Market
2 Friedman, NJ, et al., “Femtosecond Laser Capsulotomy,” Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, 2011 July; 37(7): 1189-1198
3 Palanker, D., et al., “Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery with Integrated Optical
4 Dick, B. “The synergy of MICS and femtosecond lasers: the future of small incision cataract surgery,” Ophthalmology Times Europe, 2012 April; Vol 8 Issue 3
5 Burkhard HD., “Femtosecond cataract surgery outcomes: an advance or not?” Proceedings from the XXX Congress of the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery in Milan, Italy. September 2012.