The Link between Obesity and Cataracts

By Thomas Byrd, MD - 10/29/17

There are many underlying factors that can increase the risk of cataracts. Here, we focus on the link between obesity and cataracts.

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Can Retinal Repair Affect Cataract Care Later On?

By Thomas Byrd, MD - 9/29/17

Retinal repair for tears and detachment may lead to issues with cataract development and treatment later on. The vision and eye care specialists of Byrd Eye Clinic explore the issue.

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When Do Cataracts Develop?

By Thomas Byrd, MD - 8/29/17

Patients often have many questions about cataracts. Today, we'll consider the question: when do cataracts develop?

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Our Surgical Options

Recovery from surgery typically takes only a week or two, with some procedures leading to quicker healing. In order to meet the diverse needs of his patients and help them afford this life-changing treatment, Dr. Byrd offers three different types of cataract surgery:

Traditional Cataract Surgery with a Standard IOL

Undergoing traditional cataract surgery with a monofocal IOL is typically covered by health insurance. During this procedure, Dr. Byrd will use a thin keratome blade to make a tiny incision into your cornea. Next, he will use this opening to fragment and remove your damaged lens before replacing it with a monofocal IOL, restoring your vision. As the name implies, a monofocal IOL can only focus at a single distance, so you will typically need glasses or contact lenses to obtain your best possible distance vision, and certainly use them for reading or other close work. This standard procedure does not correct astigmatism.  

Laser Cataract Surgery with a Standard IOL

For a more precise treatment and minimized risks, Dr. Byrd can perform laser cataract surgery. Rather than using a blade during this procedure, he will instead use an Alcon LenSx® femtosecond laser to create ocular incisions. If you suffer from astigmatism, he will also use an advanced technique known as limbal relaxing incisions (LRI) to correct this condition. Just like traditional cataract surgery, Dr. Byrd will complete your procedure by replacing your damaged lens with a standard monofocal IOL. However, since this procedure can correct astigmatism, it is probable that you will not require corrective lenses for distance vision. The cost for laser cataract surgery is $995.

Laser Cataract Surgery with a Premium IOL

During this procedure, Dr. Byrd will perform the same steps as above, except he will replace your clouded lens with a multifocal or toric IOL. Multifocal IOLs allow patients to see at a range of distances, so you will be largely independent of glasses or contact lenses after treatment, and toric IOLs are specially designed for patients with astigmatism. We over multiple types of premium IOLs by Alcon and Bausch + Lomb, brands that are renowned for their quality and innovation. The costs of these premium IOL options must be covered out-of-pocket.

Learn More about Cataract Surgery

If you are considering cataract surgery and concerned about the cost of treatment, we can work to develop a custom treatment plan that will achieve your goals while fitting within your budget. To learn more about cataract surgery, schedule a personal consultation at Byrd Eye Clinic today.

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