As the first first practice in Albuquerque to implant PanOptix with Wavefront guided ORA technology, Southwest Eyecare is proud to continue to lead the industry in performing this vision-enhancing treatment. Optiwave Refractive Analysis (ORA) technology guides doctors through cataract surgery and ultimately helps strengthen a patient’s vision and eye health. Combining this ground-breaking procedure with our trusted team of physicians, Southwest Eyecare has proudly improved the sight of numerous patients—and now we’re ready to help you! If you’re considering having cataract surgery, turn to the specialists at Southwest Eyecare to achieve the best possible results and maximize the potential for your vision.
Cataract Surgery in New Mexico
Cataracts occur with a clouding of the lens of the eye caused by protein breakdown with age. People who develop cataracts often experience hazy or blurry vision with muted colors. They may also notice a yellowish tinge to their vision, reduced night vision, light sensitivity, double vision, or distorted vision. These symptoms tend to gradually develop; for example, you might notice that you need a stronger glasses prescription each year.
According to the National Eye Institute, more than 50% of Americans either have cataracts or had previous surgery for this condition by age 80. You have a higher risk for cataracts if you are older than 60, take corticosteroid medications, spend time in the sun without eye protection, have had a previous eye injury, smoke, have a family history of cataracts, or have a personal history of chronic conditions such as diabetes. Obesity, alcohol use, and history of radiation treatment for cancer are also associated with this eye disease.
When cataracts begin to interfere with vision, an ophthalmologist can replace the clouded lens with a lens implant. At Southwest Eyecare, we offer the revolutionary PanOptix lens, which is the first trifocal lens option available for lens implantation in the United States.
Benefits of PanOptix Technology
- PanOptix provides an enhanced combination of near, intermediate, and distance vision and substantially reduces the need for glasses.
- Considerably reduces a patient’s need for glasses after cataract surgery.
- Helps patients with and without astigmatism.
In an FDA clinical study, more than 99% of PanOptix patients said they would choose the same lens again. In addition, 98% of patients surveyed reported that they would recommend this lens to family and friends who need cataract surgery. Nearly 92% of PanOptix patients said they never or rarely use their eyeglasses after having this vision correction procedure.
Other benefits of PanOptix cataract surgery include:
- Bright, vivid colors for a high-definition vision experience
- Effortless sight with the blurry zones sometimes reported with other lenses
- Reduced glare and halos in the presence of bright lights
Many patients experience sharp, clear vision without glasses or contact lenses, often for the first time in many years. These individuals report a higher sense of life satisfaction and appreciation compared to their lives before having cataract surgery.
Candidates for PanOptix Cataract Surgery
Generally, eye doctors recommend having surgery when a cataract interferes with your ability to work, read, drive, or perform other activities. Sometimes, this procedure is necessary to treat another eye condition.
ORA is used to provide real-time measurements during cataract surgery and is ideally suited for:
- Patients who have had previous Radial Keratotomy (RK), LASIK, or Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK).
- Patients choosing a Toric or multifocal IOL (intraocular cataract lens).
- Patients who want customized precision, an improved, accurate outcome for their vision, etc.
You may be a candidate for lens implants, even if you have astigmatism. These procedures are also completed with toric lenses for vision correction.
What To Expect During Your Procedure
Cataract surgery can be completed in our office setting and usually takes less than 30 minutes. The eye doctor will administer local anesthesia before removing the affected lens with a bladeless surgery technique and replacing it with a clear lens designed to improve your distance vision and acuity. We will bandage your eyes and allow you to rest in the recovery room. You will need to bring a friend or family member who can drive you home from the procedure.
Results After Cataract Surgery
You will return to the eye doctor for a follow-up visit shortly after surgery as well as a few times in the weeks and months after. Within about three months of the procedure, we will determine whether you need a new prescription for glasses or contact lenses based on your progress.
PanOptix surveyed patients after having this treatment and found that most experienced minimal or no discomfort during their procedures. In fact, many reported that having the surgery was not as difficult as they expected and said they wished they had not waited to get cataract and refractive lens implants.
Cataract lens replacement provides safe, effective results, with fewer than one percent of patients experiencing complications such as retinal detachment, bleeding, or infection. Without treatment, many people with this condition eventually experience complete vision loss.
Contact Southwest Eyecare
At Southwest Eyecare, our physicians are dedicated to quality patient care and customer service. We provide comprehensive eye health services, including cataract implants for patients in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and surrounding areas. Schedule an evaluation today or give us a call at (505) 346-0500 if you want to learn more about your eye care options.
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