New Advanced Lens Technology with Postoperative LASIK Enhancement Has Cataract Patients Seeing Better than Ever

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At LaserVue Eye Center, Jay Bansal, M.D. has found that performing LASIK laser vision correction for post cataract patients who had premium lens implants, also know as Lifestyle Lens Implants, yields outstanding visual results.

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This could be a new phase of cataract surgery where we can correct not only the cataract, but also reduce and possibly even eliminate the need for glasses.

At LaserVue Eye Center, Jay Bansal, M.D. has found that performing LASIK laser vision correction for post cataract patients who had premium lens implants, also know as Lifestyle Lens Implants, yields outstanding visual results.

During cataract surgery, Dr. Bansal uses a process called phacoemulsification, which is used to remove the eye's natural lens, which is where the cataract has formed. This advanced cataract removal procedure requires no stitches and only requires topical anesthetic. When the lens is removed, Dr. Bansal replaces it with an artificial intraocular lens implant (IOL).

"Cataract surgery has progressed greatly throughout hundreds of years of medical and surgical innovation. This could be a new phase of cataract surgery where we can correct not only the cataract, but also reduce and possibly even eliminate the need for glasses using premium intraocular lens implants and postoperative laser vision for fine tuning. With this full range of focused vision, most patients can do most things, most of the time without glasses" explains Dr. Bansal.

For years, surgeons used IOL implants that greatly help post cataract patients see well in the distance, but now a number of multifocal and accommodative lens, called premium IOLs, provide a wider range of focus. These lenses are ReSTOR®, TECNIS®, Crystalens®, and Toric®. Additionally, through the use of Wavefront technology developed by NASA, LASIK and PRK vision correction can be used to correct not only nearsightedness and farsightedness, but also astigmatism.

"Astigmatism is a refractive error in which the cornea and/or the lens of the eye is misshapen," says Dr. Bansal. "Following cataract surgery, we know that astigmatism primarily occurs in the cornea. LASIK can fix corneal astigmatism by reshaping the cornea to the optimal refractive geometry, providing further enhancement of vision. We get excited for our post-cataract patients because they have something to be excited about, something they’ll use, every waking moment for the rest of their lives."

Both cataract surgery and LASIK are outpatient procedures. Additionally, LaserVue uses Intralase technology to perform iLASIK, a blade-free all-laser custom LASIK technique.

LaserVue Eye Center is an ophthalmology practice with locations in San Francisco, Santa Rosa, Walnut Creek, and Mountain View. In addition to cataract and refractive surgery specialties, Dr. Bansal provides many other ophthalmic services, including treating corneal diseases, glaucoma, pterygia and more. LaserVue Eye Center also provides prescription eyeglasses, sunglasses, and contact lenses in many designer brands and styles. http://www.laservue.com http://www.laservue.com/cataracts/

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