Glaucoma Treatment: Medications

By Thomas Byrd, MD - 12/6/18

Dr. Thomas Byrd discusses the use of medications in the treatment of glaucoma. There are many different types that are available today.

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Reducing Discomfort After LASIK

By Thomas Byrd, MD - 11/12/18

Pain, soreness, and discomfort are all common after LASIK surgery. Here are some recovery tips to reduce discomfort as you heal from laser vision correction.

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Cataracts vs. Glaucoma: Comparing Vision Loss Conditions

By Thomas Byrd, MD - 9/30/18

Cataracts and glaucoma can both cause vision loss and blindness, but they are very different conditions. Let’s compare side effects, risk factors, and treatment options.

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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 $1195.

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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