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Cataract Treatments (Intraocular Lens IOL) - Northwest Arkansas*

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Cataract Treatments

While the number of cataract cases is large and widespread, there are treatments available depending on the type and progression of your specific case. Like glaucoma, cataracts take a long time to develop, but they can be treated in a day. Cataract surgery at Vold Vision is very successful in restoring vision. During surgery, the surgeon will remove your clouded lens and replace it with a new, clear, plastic intraocular lens (IOL). New IOL’s are always being developed to make them more useful for you. In conjunction with the LenSx Femtosecond Laser and ORA System Technology, Vold Vision offers different packages to best suit your needs.

  • The Distance Package features a Wavefront monofocal IOL implant that enables you to see distance objects very clearly.
  • The Astigmatism Package has a Toric IOL implant that corrects even high levels of astigmatism and gives you better vision than you could get with glasses, especially at night. Glasses may still be needed with these treatments for medium and close-up activities.
  • The Lifestyle Package is an advanced multifocal IOL that restores your youthful ability to see near, far and intermediate with little or no dependence on glasses.

Our Technology

Vold Vision’s diversified selection of cataract treatments are as follows:

  • LensTec Acrylic Intraocular Lens
  • MST Capsule Retractors
  • LenSx Femtosecond Laser for Cataract Surgery
  • Bausch & Lomb Crystalens Toric Intraocular Lens (Trulign)
  • Alcon Low Toric Intraocular Lens
  • Alcon Centurian Phacoemulsification Machine
  • Alcon Toric ReSTOR 3.0 Intraocular Lens
  • Alcon Toric ReSTOR 2.5 Intraocular Lens (ActiveFocus)
  • Calhoun Vision Light Adjustable Intraocular Lens
  • TrueVision 3D Cataract Surgery

About Cataract Treatments

Imagine for a moment that you could go back in time to the point where you had fresh, clear, and sharp vision. Colors were vibrant, people and objects were easily tracked and didn’t look foggy. Cataracts are insidious. After years of degradation, it’s easy to think that’s just the way it is. But at Vold Vision, we offer hope for your cataracts that can open a new world for you. Every day, people suffering from cataracts entrust us to provide relief from degraded vision. Wherever you go, however, should be a cutting-edge facility offering advanced technology and seasoned eye surgeons. At Vold Vision, our board-certified Northwest Arkansas ophthalmologists and optometrists are leaders in the field. We specialize in customizing treatment for each patient with the latest technology.

Each patient at Vold Vision has options when it comes to cataract treatment:

Standard Cataract Surgery

Dr. Vold and his team of cataract specialists offer traditional (manual) cataract surgery where a small blade is used to make a tiny opening through which the cataract is removed. The second step in this process involves breaking up the cataract before placing the Wavefront Monofocal Lens. This procedure does not treat any astigmatism that the patient might have.

Laser Cataract Surgery

Patients who desire the best possible distance vision after cataract surgery will want to consider the Vold Vision Distance Option. During this procedure, the surgeon will use the LenSX femtosecond laser to remove the cataract.  The surgery team will also utilize the ORA System Technology to ensure the patient’s prescription measurements are precise providing the patient with the most optimal visual outcome. Patients will receive the Wavefront Monofocal Introacular Lens and can expect minimal to no need for distance glasses. While this option does greatly enhance the patient’s distance vision, they will need glasses for intermediate and near activities. This option also can be used for patients with mild astigmatism.

There are a number of other cataract treatments available for patients who may not need traditional or laser cataract surgery. At Vold Vision, our surgeons sit with each patient one-on-one to create a tailored, custom treatment approach.

Astigmatism Surgery for Cataract Patients

This is a great procedure for patients who desire the best possible distance vision after cataract surgery and have a moderate to high astigmatism. The surgery utilizes the custom Laser LenSX femtosecond laser, the ORA System Technology, and also adds the Toric Intraocular Lens (IOL) to treat patients with a moderate or a higher level of astigmatism. A patient’s cataract is what causes the patient a foggy looking vision, and astigmatism results in a blurred or shadowed view. Removing the cataract without correcting astigmatism, especially with a patient with moderate to high astigmatism, will leave the patient with a less than optimal visual outcome. With this procedure option, a patient can expect minimal to no need for distance glasses; however, the patient will need glasses for intermediate and near activities.

The Lifestyle Lens Option

The Lifestyle Lens Option is great for patients who want the visual freedom to see near and far without having to rely on glasses or contacts. This surgical option uses the Custom Laser LenSX femtosecond laser, and the ORA System Technology to make the most precise prescription measurement. This particular type of lens gives our cataract patients a new lease on life.

The Vold Advantage

Cataracts are the most common type of vision loss and are the leading cause of blindness around the world. That’s why cataract innovation is such a passion for award-winning cataract surgeon, Dr. Steven Vold. Dr. Vold is a true innovator in ophthalmology, offering the most advanced cataract surgery available, taking special care in customizing treatment for each patient. His team of eye surgeons are with patients “for the long haul,” as Dr. Vold says, with industry-leading vision correction combined with advanced technology, comfort, and unsurpassed results. In fact, Dr. Vold was the first in Arkansas to perform custom laser cataract correction. He is one of the country’s leaders in offering unmatched intraocular technology and he has the only solely ophthalmic ambulatory surgery center in Northwest Arkansas that’s certified by the Joint Commission.

Best Candidates

When it comes to cataracts, practically anyone suffering even moderately from them is a good candidate for corrective surgery of one type or another. However, a patient’s vision must be 20/40 or worse before they qualify for surgery. A determination is also made regarding how much the decreased vision interferes with a patient’s normal, daily activities. We will carefully assess your eyes using years of experience and the most advanced equipment to determine your eligibility for surgery. Generally speaking, those also exposed to risk factors such as UV radiation, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, smoking, corticosteroid meds, statins, eye injury, hormone replacement, myopia, and a family history can also be candidates for cataract surgery.

Prevalence of Cataracts

Worldwide cataract cases easily outnumber glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy combined. Early symptoms of cataracts may be treated and relieved for a while, however, as symptoms persist and more vision is lost, surgical intervention may be recommended. Fortunately, there are options to restore vision and because of new technologies, cataract surgery is a generally procedure that causes little to no discomfort for patients. It is also extremely successful in restoring vision. Out of most eye surgeries performed, cataract surgery is the most common, averaging about 3 million annually. Nine out of ten people who have the surgery regain vision between 20/20 and 20/40. At Vold Vision, we ensure the most effective cataract treatment possible for our patients.

What to Expect

After making a small incision in your eye, your eye surgeon will gently break up the old cataract with the LenSx laser, and will then insert a probe to extract the cloudy and cataract-damaged lens. After that, the flexible lens implant, which is generally chosen prior to surgery, is folded and inserted into the lens pocket, where it opens and unfolds into place, maintaining the proper positioning throughout. With the cataract-ridden lens extracted, and your brand-new lens in place, light can once again travel freely to the retina at the back of your eye, giving you the vision you may have forgotten you once had when you were younger.

After the Treatment

Many people are delighted to report that they can see much more clearly within a few hours after surgery, and almost all report being able to do so within a day or two, after which they resume their normal daily activities. After surgery, Dr. Vold will talk with you about any medications he may prescribe, instructions on how to take care of your eyes, and arranging a follow-up meeting. While he will review some things to expect which are specific for your surgery, some overall safe activities are watching TV, walking, and light lifting. Some activities which are not advisable are bending, rubbing or putting pressure on your eye, or especially driving within 24-hours after surgery. Everyone’s eyes and procedures are different so be sure to understand the ones Dr. Vold covers as being okay for you, and what complications you should also be looking out for.  

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The Choice is Clear

Patients with cataracts face a stressful situation and they rely on Dr. Vold, an international leader in cataract treatment, for the constant guidance and assurance that their condition is being closely monitored. Dr. Vold and his team tend to patients with a continuum of care that ensures success from diagnosis to surgery and beyond. We invite you to go from cloudy to clear and call our Arkansas locations to reclaim your sight at Vold Vision, where we see people, not just patients.

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