Dr. Black's Eye Associates of Southern Indiana
302 W. 14th Street, Suite 100A
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
Phone: (812) 284-0660
Monday—Friday: 8 a.m.– 5 p.m.
Revolutionary femtosecond laser cataract surgery was introduced to the Louisville region by Dr. Black’s Eye Associates. Patients from Madison, Scottsburg, Versailles, and surrounding cities come to our Jeffersonville Vision Surgery Center due to our experience with this innovative procedure. Our highly skilled eye surgeons have a level of expertise that enables them to produce precise and predictable results. Our surgeons customize each cataract surgery, safely improving your vision at our state-of-the-art outpatient surgical center.
What Are Cataracts?
Cataracts occur when the lenses of the eyes become thickened and cloudy, usually with age. Nearly 22 million Americans older than 40 have cataracts; in fact, everyone will eventually get them as they age. Symptoms of cataracts include cloudy, blurred vision which reduces your ability to read in low light or drive at night.
Many people live for years with cataracts because they aren’t painful and don’t cause redness, discharge, or other physical symptoms that would typically lead someone to schedule an eye doctor appointment.
Advanced Laser Technology
Our eye surgeons perform cataract surgery using the FDA-approved LenSx laser system, an innovation based on the same femtosecond technology used during bladeless LASIK procedures. Instead of making incisions during cataract surgery using handheld blades, the surgeons use the computer-controlled laser, combined with 3D imaging, to create incisions with a precision that’s virtually unmatched.
The LenSx laser improves accuracy and shortens your healing time, as it softens and breaks up the cataracts and allows them to be removed more easily. After removing the cloudy lens fragments, your surgeon will insert a customized intraocular lens (IOL) that may reduce or eliminate the need for glasses. Additionally, our surgeons can use the LenSx laser to correct astigmatism with increased accuracy, making the results even more predictable.
Laser Cataract Surgery
Advanced technology combines a computer-controlled laser with 3D imaging to produce consistent, predictable results from cataract surgery. Watch this video to learn more about this state-of-the-art procedure.
Cataract Surgery Options
Our surgeons customize cataract procedures because not all patients have the same goals or lead similar lifestyles. That’s why your surgeon takes the time to really learn about your hobbies and what kind of activities you enjoy. Do you spend much of your free time playing sports, or do you prefer curling up with a book? The nature of your job, including whether you spend most of the day at a computer, and how much night driving you do are also factors the surgeon considers when creating a detailed surgical plan
The choices involved in cataract surgery include the type of intraocular lens that’s used to replace the lens removed during the procedure. Different types of lenses are better-suited in certain cases, and your surgeon will explain your options in detail.
Traditionally, the most common IOL is a monofocal lens with a uniform spherical optical design. This can correct for nearsightedness or farsightedness, but you will still likely need reading glasses after cataract surgery.
Many patients now opt for premium IOLs, often called a “lifestyle” replacement lens implant, that can greatly reduce — and, in some cases, even eliminate — the need for eyeglasses.
The lifestyle lens options include:
Toric IOLs: These lenses can correct astigmatism, in addition to nearsightedness or farsightedness.
Extended Depth-of-Focus IOLs: We offer the Tecnis Symfony® IOL, the first lens approved by the FDA that improves vision at all distances. It treats both cataracts and presbyopia (age-related farsightedness), and minimizes the effects of halos and glare around lights.
Multifocal IOLs: A multifocal replacement lens is best suited for patients who place a high value on being free of computer or reading glasses, even if it means slightly reduced distance vision.
“I wore glasses for over 40 years. What really bothered me was just the sensitivity to the light. I noticed a change in about four hours after my cataract procedure. Dr. Black is so sincere and so compassionate. He treated me just like he would his own son!- Don
In some cases, patients may experience cloudy vision after cataract surgery. That primarily occurs when the back portion of the capsule that encased the cataract becomes cloudy. The front portion of the capsule, along with the cataract, is removed during surgery. But the posterior (back) portion is left in place.
Our surgeons use a laser to improve the vision of these patients through a safe and relatively simple procedure called a capsulotomy. Your surgeon numbs the eye with anesthetic drops and then uses a Nd:YAG laser to create an opening in the clouded back membrane. Light can pass through the membrane and improve your vision.
Recovery following cataract surgery is typically well-tolerated by our patients. Your vision may seem a bit blurry or cloudy initially after removing the eye shield, but that’s normal and it may take some time for your vision to adjust to the replacement lens.
There are some precautions to take during the first few days after the surgery and we’ll provide detailed instructions that you should follow during this time to reduce any risk of complications.
To find out more about a cataract surgery customized to your needs, request a consultation with an eye surgeon at Dr. Black’s Eye Associates. Or call us at (812) 284-0660 to have a friendly member of our staff schedule an appointment.