Modern cataract surgery is usually a no-needle, no-stich, no-patch 10-15 minute procedure. Most cases are performed with just drop anesthesia (topical) and mild sedation. Dr. Goodman can perform your surgery with laser (femtosecond laser assisted cataract surgery) or in standard fashion with his high precision instruments. This highly successful outpatient surgery can be performed in San Luis Obispo at slosurgerycenter.com or in Santa Maria at premiersurgerycentersm.com. Dr. Goodman has performed over 10,000 cataract and other eye surgeries.”
LASER CATARACT SURGERY
Advanced cataract surgery uses a femtosecond laser to create incisions and prepare the cataract for removal. This makes cataract surgery safer and more precision than ever! The laser can also reduce mild astigmatism to improve your eye’s focus. Dr. Goodman uses the LenSx and Ziemer femtosecond lasers for cataract surgery.
A intraocular lens (IOL) is implanted in the eye at the time of cataract surgery or in place of the clear natural lens for patients desiring a refractive lens exchange. These artificial lenses are designed to help the eye refocus for clear vision and there are many types of lenses available.
If your goal is to be glasses free or use glasses only occasionally, the multifocal and extended depth of focus IOLs give you the best chance to see far and near again. Tecnis Multifocal, Tecnis Symfony, ReSTOR lens and the Crystalens are the most popular near-far focusing lens implants. The Tecnis Symfony, ReSTOR and Crystalens IOLs can also be ordered in toric versions to reduce astigmatism.
For patients desiring either far or near focus, then a toric IOL (astigmatism-reducing) or standard intraocular lens with femtosecond laser cataract surgery may be the best lens option. Other patients may choose standard cataract surgery covered by their medical insurance and will likely need eyeglasses or bifocals after surgery to have their best vision.
REFRACTIVE LENS EXCHANGE
For some patients desiring vision correction over age 40, Dr. Goodman may recommend removing the natural lens before it develops a cataract and implanting a multifocal IOL. This procedure is called refractive lens exchange (RLE) and the technique is identical to cataract surgery but performed for vision enhancing reasons. These are some of our happiest patients as SLO LASIK and Cataract.