If you don’t have a cataract, chances are you know someone who does. As Americans, we may be living longer, but our eyes can’t keep up. Thankfully, surgery to remove cataracts is one of the most common and safe procedures performed in the country.
Cataracts are a clouding of the eye’s lens that decreases vision and it typically affects people over the age of 55. In cataract surgery, the lens inside the eye that has become cloudy is removed and replaced with an artificial lens (called an intraocular lens, or IOL) to restore clear vision. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and does not require an overnight stay.
Advanced technology like laser treatment and real-time verification systems are making cataract surgery more precise and safer than ever before.
The newest technology is called ORA/VerifEye™.
Using real time scans, ORA/VerifEye™ helps ophthalmologists more accurately determine the precise lens implant power during cataract surgery.
Lens implants come in different powers just like shoes come in different sizes. The ORA/VerifEye™ technology ensures that the ophthalmologist can select the best size or power for every patient’s individual eye and refine that placement for the best results.
Most patients undergoing cataract surgery could benefit from this technology. It can be hard to predict the best lens power for patients with very dense cataracts or those who have had previous LASIK eye surgery. That’s where ORA/VerifEye’s precision helps.
Most patients with cataracts also have astigmatism, a defect in the cornea that causes distorted images. One of the greatest benefits of ORA/VerifEye™ is it allows your doctor to custom correct astigmatism simultaneously during cataract surgery. This tailored approach means patients have a better visual outcome after surgery with less dependence of glasses.
The technology shows impressive results. Most patients can reduce their need for glasses when the ORA/VerifEye™ system is used. Hartford Hospital’s Eye Surgery Center debuted the system in January 2017.
If you would like to have a cataract consultation with one of our cataract specialists to talk more about ORA/VerifEye™, please call (860) 233-2020 today.