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See at Near, Far & Intermediate Distances with New Lens Implants After Cataract Surgery without Dependence on Glasses.

Approximately 98% Of Cataract Surgeries Are Highly Successful.

Source: VisionAware.org, An Online Resource From The American Foundation For The Blind (AFB)
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Cataract

If you experience a clouding in your vision, it could be cataracts. This is perfectly normal and, in the majority of cases, easily treated with little or no discomfort. As cataract treatment advances, Eye Consultants of Texas is advancing with it. Phillips Kirk Labor, MD is a leading Dallas, Fort Worth and Grapevine cataract specialist with expertise in the very latest cataract procedures available. In fact, he has been the first in Texas or locally to use a number of these advanced procedures.

WHAT ARE CATARACTS?

Cataracts form when the naturally clear lens inside of the eye begins to opacify or "fog up,"" as protein builds up on the natural lens. This clear lens is responsible for letting light into the eye and refracting it onto the retina. As a cataract forms on the lens, light is no longer able to get into the eye, resulting in blurry vision. When left to progress, a cataract can generally cause blindness. Millions of Americans are affected by cataracts each day. Luckily, cataract surgery is extremely effective, quick and safe. In many cases, patients experience the best vision of their lives shortly after surgery.

Cataract Symptoms

Cataracts develop very slowly over a course of years. They may not be noticeable at first. Many people think they just need a new prescription, when in reality their blurry vision is a result of cataract development.

Most of the time, our doctors are able to diagnose cataracts before the patients even see a difference in vision (a good reason to attend eye examinations regularly!). If you experience any of these symptoms, you may be developing cataracts:

Treating a Cataract can Open up a Whole New World of Vision and Lifestyle Activities.

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CATARACT TREATMENTS

Here at Eye Consultants of Texas, we know that dealing with cataracts can be difficult. But treating them doesn't have to be. Cataracts are only treatable through surgery, however, we strive to offer only the best and most effective cataract removal methods available. With us, you have options! Before you schedule your cataract surgery, you'll meet with a doctor to determine which method of treatment best suits your needs.

What should you expect if you have a cataract consultation at Eye Consultants of Texas? Click here to find out.

Premium Smart Lenses

The Light Adjustable Lens is one of several FDA-approved Premium Smart Lenses we offer that can further improve your cataract surgery results. These include: the RxSight® Light Adjustable Lens™, RayOne EMV, Crystalens® accommodating IOL, PanOptix® Trifocal lens, Symfony® Extended Depth of Focus lens, TRULIGN™ Crystalens® Toric, and enVista® Toric. Read More

Our cataract patients see clearly just days after surgery, and years after that with far less dependency on glasses. It all starts with a thorough cataract evaluation. This is where we help you decide if you should have the surgery, discuss your surgery and lens options, and tell you everything you need to know. Most importantly, we make sure you're entirely comfortable long before anything is done.

NO STITCH, NO PATCH CATARACT SURGERY

With this procedure, anesthesia is applied using a topical gel instead of an injection. Dr. Labor makes a tiny precise incision, then breaks up and gently removes the cataract using ultrasound. Because the incision is so small no stitches are required. You don't need to wear an eye patch because the eye is numbed topically.

FEMTOSECOND LASER-ASSISTED CATARACT SURGERY (FLACS)

In our FLACS surgery suite, Dr. Labor uses the advanced LENSAR Laser System. This has revolutionized cataract surgery by allowing the procedure to be customized with the highest level of precision. Read More

Cataract Lens Options

Standard Traditional/Monofocal Lens

While effective, this type of intraocular lens (IOL) doesn’t provide vision correction at more than one distance. You may need glasses for distance vision, and most of the time for intermediate or near (reading glasses, bifocals, or trifocals). This is the only lens covered by insurance, requiring no extra out-of-pocket expenses.

Lens Brands

Bausch + Lomb SofPort®, Bausch + Lomb enVista® Aspheric, RayOne Aspheric

Monofocal Toric Lens

An effective and affordable lens, the enVista® Toric is designed to correct the cataract and significantly reduce astigmatism. This single-piece, ultraviolet light-absorbing lens can offer better long-term clarity and improved visual acuity (sharpness). The enVista® Toric uses an advanced next generation acrylic polymer, uniquely designed to stay clear in the eye. Most patients with this lens won’t need glasses for distance vision. However, unless it is used in a Mini-Monovision (Blended Vision) or True Monovision configuration, you’ll need glasses for reading and computer use.

Lens Brands

Bausch + Lomb enVista® Toric

Mini-Monovision (Blended Vision), True Monovision Lens

In this configuration we use the Rayner RayOne EMV, enVista and/or enVista Toric depending on the specifics of each eye. These lenses are used to set one eye to read at distance and the other at near to correct the cataract, presbyopia and, where indicated, astigmatism as well. For example, the advanced technology of the RayOne EMV affords a wider range of high-quality, uninterrupted vision – unlike strict monovision created using contact lenses or with most traditional monofocal IOLs. You’ll have good distance, intermediate and near vision without glasses for driving, much of your computer or near work, and reading if required near work is not too small. For prolonged periods of reading (especially small print) you may need a pair of over-the-counter reading glasses or a light bifocal prescription.

Lens Brands

RayOne EMV, Bausch + Lomb enVista®, Bausch + Lomb enVista® Toric

Accommodating Lenses – Presbyopia Correcting & Astigmatism Correcting

The Crystalens and Trulign Toric lenses “accommodate” by focusing with your eye muscles at different focal points. Where Crystalens is designed to correct cataracts and presbyopia, Trulign can correct cataracts, presbyopia and astigmatism. Both lenses provide very good distance, intermediate and near vision without glasses most of the time. While distance and intermediate vision improve quickly once both eyes have been done, it may take a few weeks to achieve your best near vison with these IOL types and, in most cases, you should be able to read a newspaper, view a computer screen and drive without glasses. You may, however, occasionally need glasses for small print. Studies have shown near vision may continue to improve years after surgery.

Lens Brands

Crystalens®, TRULIGN™ Toric

Multifocal Presbyopia Correcting & Astigmatism Correcting

These lenses can reduce or minimize the need for glasses at near, intermediate and distance vision for most tasks. The PanOptix lens is designed to correct cataracts and presbyopia, while the PanOptix Toric lens is designed to correct cataracts, presbyopia, and astigmatism. With this type of IOL you are more likely to experience haloes, star bursts and/or glare at night, yet for most patients this is minimal and usually improves over time.

Lens Brands

PanOptix®, PanOptix® Toric

EDOF Presbyopia Correcting & Astigmatism Correcting

“EDOF” stands for Extended Depth of Focus, meaning a continuous range of high-quality vision. These IOLs are designed to correct cataracts and presbyopia, and the Toric versions are designed to correct cataracts, presbyopia, and astigmatism. They are somewhat less likely to cause issues related to glare at nighttime, and near vision may not be quite as sharp as with other presbyopia correcting lenses. Because of this you may need glasses for detailed work and prolonged reading.

Lens Brands

Symfony™/Symfony Toric™, Vivity/Vivity Toric

Light Adjustable Lens™ (LAL)

This is the first FDA-approved IOL that can be customized to your own specific visual needs after cataract surgery. It allows you to “test drive” your vision and make adjustments to your outcome without further surgery. Designed to correct cataracts, presbyopia, and astigmatism, the LAL typically requires 4 to 5 light treatments over a 4–6-week period that reshapes the lens to reach your vision goals. LAL visual outcomes are on par with those seen in LASIK and are therefore capable of giving the most accurate outcomes of any IOL type ever developed.

Lens Brands

RxSight® Light Adjustable Lens

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Get Started With A Cataract Consultation

At Eye Consultants of Texas we would be very happy to get started with a cataract consultation to set you on a path for your personal best vision. Typically, cataract evaluations are covered by the insurance coverage so your out of pocket costs to get started will be minimal. The cataract consultations involve a series of tests and eye health diagnostics. Our cataract eye doctors will personally consult you on the best options for a superior outcome.

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What Should I Do if I Have a Cataract?

Cataracts often progress very slowly. Many people have early-stage cataracts for years before they need surgery. It's important to take care of yourself in the early stages of cataracts:

  • Wear good quality sunglasses to protect the eyes from damaging UV rays. This may actually slow down the growth of the cataract
  • Have a comprehensive eye examination with dilating drops every year if you're over the age of 65, and every two years if you're under 65
  • If you are having trouble reading, use brighter lights and a magnifier
  • Make sure you have an up to date prescription for your glasses or contacts to ensure safety
  • Quit smoking
  • If you have diabetes, keep your A1C levels under control
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How Much Does Cataract Surgery Cost?

Medicare and most other insurances pay for basic cataract surgery if it's considered medically necessary. It's important to contact your insurance company before scheduling surgery. Your doctor may need to submit certain vision measurements to prove medical need before your insurance will approve paying for the surgery. Also, it's good to understand what co-pays and deductibles you may be responsible for.

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LONESTAR AMBULATORY SURGERY CENTER (LSASC)

This comfortably appointed, state-of-the-art surgery center is connected to Eye Consultants of Texas. Carefully planned and built from the ground up, LSASC is equipped for any ophthalmic or oculoplastic outpatient surgery. It is also where we perform all cataract surgery and lens implantation procedures.