Cataract Surgery

Cataract Eye Surgery

And the Future of Your Vision

What is cataract surgery?

If you are one of the millions of people who suffer from cataracts, you are not alone. You are probably wondering what types of cataract surgery are available and what are the best types of lenses for cataract surgery? Cataract surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure. The surgery involves removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with an artificial lens, called an intraocular lens (IOL). The advances in surgical procedures have allowed cataract sufferers to enjoy improved clarity and color once again. Cataract surgery recovery is rapid and patients can typically return to their normal functioning in a few days.

Am I eligible for cataract surgery?

To find out if you are eligible for cataract surgery and to find out how much cataract surgery costs, schedule an appointment with Dr. Parker. During your visit, Dr. Parker will thoroughly examine your visual system and determine the best solutions for you.

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The Upstate’s Choice in Cataract Care

Dr. Parker is a leading expert at correcting cataracts, safely and efficiently. Dr. Parker is a Wills Eye Hospital fellowship-trained cornea specialist, LASIK surgeon, and cataract surgeon who is essentially a refractive cataract surgeon. This means she helps each patient choose the type of intraocular implant which will best suit their visual demands post-cataract surgery. Many of her patients wish to be free of glasses after cataract surgery and she carefully examines each patient preoperatively to use the best technology intraocular implant for their particular needs.

Cataract Surgery & Implant Choice

There are two basic intraocular lens (IOL) choices in cataract surgery: monofocal and advanced technology intraocular lenses. The monofocal types typically correct distance vision and the patient would wear reading glasses or a bifocal for their best near vision. Some patients may need astigmatism incorporated into a monofocal lens to get their best uncorrected distance vision after cataract surgery.

The advanced technology intraocular lenses split light into distance, intermediate, and near vision to allow patients to be free of reading glasses after cataract surgery. Astigmatism correction can be incorporated into this type of intraocular lens if necessary. More than 90% of the patients receiving Synergy intraocular lenses wear no glasses after cataract surgery.

Dr. Parker will thoroughly discuss intraocular lens options with you preoperatively to assure the lens fits your unique eyes and lifestyle.

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What Cataract Patients Like You Have to Say…

It's great to no longer have to worry about glasses. I can see better than I ever did with glasses.

Neil M.Cataract Patient

The best thing I have ever done for myself. The multifocal lens is awesome.

Jo G.Cataract Patient

In the last few years I have had one cataract operation and my wife has had cataract operations on both eyes all with excellent results.

Ralph P.Cataract Patient

Have Questions About Cataract Surgery?

Find the answers to the most asked patient questions here. Still have questions? We are here to help! Request an appointment to talk through the procedure.

Will I be awake during cataract surgery?

Each surgeon prefers a different level of anesthesia. Some surgeons like to talk to their patients during cataract surgery. Dr. Parker feels that if she is talking to the patient during cataract surgery that is akin to multi-tasking which dilutes her attention to the primary task—making the surgery as safe and effective as possible. Thus, she instructs the anesthesia staff to have patients in a “’twilight zone” while, of course, the operative eye is totally numb. Typically, the patients wake up after the surgery and feel like it couldn’t possibly have happened so quickly!

What is the complication rate for cataract surgery?

Nationally, that number is 2-3%., but at Carolina Cornea, our complication rate is <1%. As a cornea specialist, Dr. Parker often sees patients who have significant corneal disease AND need cataract surgery, which is more technically demanding. She also frequently sees patients who have had cataract surgery elsewhere on their first eye with a less than favorable outcome. We take great pride in making the surgical process as safe and successful as possible and in helping those patients who may have only one good eye.

How do I know whether to choose the monofocal or standard IOL or one of the specialized IOL’s for my cataract surgery?

After your complete examination with Dr. Parker, she will thoroughly explain how cataract surgery is performed and discuss your options including the pros and cons of choosing each type of implant. You can ask Dr. Parker all of your questions and know that she will make sure your particular concerns are addressed.

Don’t Wait to Have Cataract Surgery:

Cataracts affect millions of people, and luckily there’s a solution. Cataract surgery is a safe and effective solution to solving your vision problems. The first step is scheduling an appointment to evaluate your needs.

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