Eye care technology is a steadily evolving field with the goal of improving global eye health. There are several new techniques and procedures that are gaining in popularity and may well become future standards in eye care. This technology is still relatively new, so not all surgeons have access to these methods.
Femtosecond Laser Refractive Cataract Surgery
This method of cataract surgery is not yet widely used but could improve on many aspects of the current standard procedure. In laser refractive cataract surgery, many steps of cataract surgery that are currently performed by hand are done by computer-guided lasers, greatly improving accuracy and precision. Each surgery is precisely customized to the patient's unique eye. It also allows the surgeon to use a lower level of ultrasound energy when breaking apart the clouded lens. This advancement in cataract surgery technology can potentially help to speed up the recovery process.
Advanced Technology Intraocular Lenses (IOLs)
Recent innovations have led to the development of a variety of advanced technology IOLs, each with unique features and benefits.
Astigmatism-correcting IOLs, also known as toric IOLs, are a type of advanced technology IOL designed to correct for astigmatism. Their unique design minimizes the effect of the imperfections in your cornea. Toric IOLs also have the potential to significantly reduce dependency on glasses or contact lenses after surgery for distance vision.
Multifocal IOLs, another type of advanced technology IOL, can provide a full range of improved vision, from near to far. They have the potential to significantly reduce your dependency on glasses or contact lenses after surgery, even if you've required them your entire life.