What is a Cataract?
The natural lens of the eye helps to focus light on the retina inside the eye to produce clear images. A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens as people age. A cataract can also be caused from an eye injury, certain diseases, certain medications or long-term exposure to sunlight. It is one of the leading causes of vision loss in the United States.
A cataract can be the reason that objects become blurred, bright colors seem dull, or seeing at night becomes more difficult. Occasionally, changing your eyeglass prescription may help to improve your vision for a while. When you can no longer see well enough to do the things you like to do, cataract surgery should be considered to improve your vision. To determine if your cataract should be removed, your ophthalmologist will perform a thorough eye examination.
In cataract surgery, the cloudy lens is removed through a tiny incision. After the cataract is removed, the natural lens is replaced with a permanent lens, called an intraocular lens implant (IOL). These IOLs come in different focusing powers. At your evaluation, your eyes will be measured to determine the proper focusing power of the IOL for your eyes. Different IOL options are available to help give you the best vision to complement your own individual lifestyle.
ORA™ System for Cataract Surgery
Rosenbaum Eye & Laser Physicians are proud to be one of the first ophthalmology practices to use the revolutionary ORA system to perform advanced cataract surgery.
ORA (Optiwave Refractive Analysis) is a diagnostic device that allows our doctors to customize your vision during surgery.
What are the benefits of ORA?
- The purpose of the Alcon ORA is to allow surgeons to assess post-operative visual outcomes before you are even done with surgery.
- The ORA machine will take additional measurements on your eye once the cataract has been removed from the eye, but prior to the physician placing the new, artificial lens in.
- The ORA will help ensure proper IOL selection to optimize the procedure to fit your needs.
- This technology may decrease the need for glasses, LASIK enhancement, or lens implant exchange after cataract surgery.
- It is highly recommended that patients who have had prior LASIK or PRK or request an advanced technology IOL (toric or presbyopia correcting) undergo the Alcon ORA measurement to improve their cataract surgery result.
This is the first tool of its kind, and we are proud to be able to offer this technology to patients of RELC Physicians.