Tahoe Sierra Eye & Optical uses state-of-the-art retinal imaging equipment to evaluate for eye disorders and visual diseases.
Dr. Camp has an IOL Master, a state of the art technology that enables precise measurement of the eye to allow for optimal lens selections. Dr. Camp is able to offer various lens choices to optimize one's ability to see in the distance without glasses after surgery or, if a patient qualifies, a multi-focal lens to allow for reduction in the need for glasses at distance and near. He uses Alcon ORA intra-operative technology to optimize premium lens selection and lens placement.
Tahoe Sierra Eye & Optical offers the latest medical advances in cataract surgery, which is performed as an outpatient at Tahoe Forest Hospital.
The surgical technique on cataracts is in constant evolution with a reduction in risks always paramount.
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What is a cataract?
A cataract is a cloudiness in the lens in the eye. There are many different kinds of cataracts. The most common types become visually significant in the 7th or higher decades of life.
How are they fixed?
The fix for cataracts, when the vision gets bad enough and can't be fixed by changing a patient's glasses, is to surgically remove the lens of the eye. This is done by making two small incisions in the eye and putting a device inside the eye which helps chop and vacuum the lens material out of the eye. A artificial lens is then rolled-up in a tube and inserted into the very tiny incision into place in the eye. The lens is pre-calculated by taking measurements of the eye.
Are there different types of lenses?
Yes. In general, there are different types of lenses. There are standard mono-focal lenses, astigmatism lenses, accommodating lenses and multi-focal lenses. There are a lot of subtleties as to which lenses work best in individual patients. There will be a discussion with Dr. Camp after measurements of the eye are taken.
Are there risks to cataract surgery?
Of course! However, they don't happen very often. Please ask Dr. Camp to go over these.
Are there sutures?
Not typically. If one is needed, it's no big deal but usually this isn't necessary.
What's surgery like?
Surgery is done with the help of an anesthesiologist watching your general health status. You will have an IV in place to give very small amounts of medication to keep you comfortable and calm. Attention to being still is obviously important but most patients are able to cooperate easily. The surgery itself doesn't take very long, about ten minutes.
Does it hurt?
It can but this is usually easily controlled with anesthesia so let us know and we can take care of it. Most often, we can tell if this is the case so it usually isn't a problem. The eye can be a little scratchy after surgery for a half day.
When can I see again?
It might get blurrier for a few days than before the surgery. It typically takes a few days for the cornea to rid itself of swelling. If the cornea is swollen, the vision will be blurry. There can be swelling in the back of the eye for a few weeks after surgery. This swelling can even start a few weeks after surgery. It will be managed appropriately, usually first with specific eye drops.
Is there a guarantee that I will be out of glasses?
Nothing is guaranteed! Every surgery and patient is different. Every patient and eye of each patient can heal differently. Dr. Camp and his staff will use their expertise to help you achieve optimal results. There can be complications which will be managed appropriately if encountered.
Is there a patch?
I don't patch the eye during the day after surgery. For a couple of nights I suggest covering the eye with a shield that's provided to you to keep you from rubbing while sleeping.
Are there post-operative restrictions?
I like patients to take it easy for at least two weeks after surgery and to not lift anything heavier than 20 lbs. during that time. Specific instructions will be given at the surgery center.
Do cataracts come back?
Not really. Patients often think they do as sometimes a film can grow over the membrane immediately behind the implanted artificial lens. This film can easily be treated with a laser to open-up the visual pathway. The bottom line here though is to go back to Dr. Camp and get your eyes checked if your vision gets blurry after cataract surgery as there is likely an easy answer. There also might be a completely separate reason for the vision to be blurry and time is of the essence in the treatment of some of those conditions so get checked!