Refractive Cataract Surgery – Located in Ellsworth, Maine
Also Serving Bangor, ME
Refractive Cataract Surgery is an advanced method of cataract care that is designed to give patients the clearest, broadest range of vision (with little or no dependence on prescription eyewear) using Multifocal , Toric Intraocular Lens Implants (IOLs) and leading edge surgical techniques, such as Limbal Relaxing Incisions using a precision diamond blade or a femtosecond laser.
Refractive Cataract Surgery also involves the use of exciting new diagnostics like ORA, which gives Dr. Piazza and Dr. Rudloe the ability to make real-time lens calculations and measurements during cataract surgery. Other diagnostics like Corneal Topography, OPD III – aberrometer and OCT measuring devices help insure our Refractive Cataract patients achieve the best possible outcomes.
What Is A Cataract?
A cataract is simply a progressive clouding of the eyes’ natural lens that interferes with light passing through to the retina. Because it happens so gradually – and usually over a long period of time – many people do not notice a significant change in their vision until vision loss has occurred.
Fortunately, clearer vision can be restored in most patients by simply removing the cataract and replacing it with a lens implant. These specially manufactured lenses are about the size of Lincoln’s head on a penny and weigh little more than a single kernel of corn. Exciting advances in lens design now give surgeons and patients options in lens implant technology and power. Different lenses provide patients various ranges of vision following their cataract procedure. It will be important to speak with Dr. Piazza and Dr. Rudloe as to which of our specialty IOLs will best suite your needs.
Standard Cataract Care
This is the best option for the individual who does not mind wearing glasses after cataract surgery.
• Gives patients good distance vision
• Does not treat astigmatism
• Does not provide near vision
Astigmatism treatment for cataract patients who do not mind wearing reading glasses for near vision. Limbal Relaxing Incisions, or LRI, is the method most commonly used for treating individuals with mild to moderate astigmatism. However, for those with moderate to high degrees of astigmatism a Toric Intraocular Lens Implant is preferred. This option corrects both the cataracts and the astigmatism, providing improved distance vision image quality.
• Reduce or eliminate your need to wear prescription glasses for distance vision
• Correct both cataracts and pre-existing astigmatism
• Provides enhanced image quality
Custom Cataract Care
When our physicians perform standard cataract surgery using traditional monofocal lens implants, vision can only be restored at a single point of focus. When using our multifocal or accommodating lens implants, Dr. Piazza and Dr. Rudloe are able to give many patients the opportunity to enjoy a broader, less-restricted range of vision with reduced or no dependence on prescription eyewear.
• Provides a more full range of vision: near, some intermediate and distant vision.