As we age, the natural lens in the eye becomes less flexible, diminishing the eye’s ability to switch its focus from one focal plane to another, a condition called presbyopia. Aging eyes may also develop cataracts, causing the lens to become cloudy or dark.
In order to help presbyopia or cataract patients reclaim their ability to see at far, intermediate and close ranges, we offer four advanced intraocular lens technologies – AcrySof® ReSTOR®, AcrySof® Toric®, Crystalens®and TECNIS® Each of these implantable lenses uses a slightly different optical design to help you achieve your goal of clear vision at all distances. Dr. Harman will determine which lens is best suited for your visual needs.
The AcrySof ReSTOR lens is a revolutionary multifocal lens that improves vision in a range of distances. An innovative optical technology called “apodization” makes the AcrySof ReSTORE lens uniquely effective, especially when placed in both eyes. It lets cataract patients see the whole picture clearly, usually without glasses.
The unique design of the AcrySof Toric IOL makes it possible to reduce or eliminate corneal astigmatism and significantly improve uncorrected distance vision. AcrySof Toric lens provides quality distance vision, independent of eyeglasses and contact lens.
Crystalens is an accommodating lens designed to mimic the eye’s natural ability to focus at all distances. Unlike fixed lenses, Crystalens has a unique hinge design that allows the lens to focus on objects at varying distances using the eye’s natural muscle.
TECNIS®is a multi-focal, implantable lens that attempts to restore youthful vision and limits the need for reading glasses in nearly 9 out of 10 patients. It delivers superior results to standard mono-focal lenses and provides high-quality vision at any distance and even low light!
How do I know if I’m a candidate?
We will perform a comprehensive and dilated eye exam with presurgical testing to make sure your eyes are healthy and to confirm that you are a candidate for the procedure. If you are a contact lens wearer, you will need to keep your contact lenses out prior to your exam. We will review all of your testing and exam results with you and if you are a candidate and wish to proceed, you may pick a date for your procedure and complete the informed consents.
What is the procedure like?
Premium Implants procedures are extremely safe, requiring only a small incision near the cornea that will heal on its own after placement of the lens implant. Surgery is performed under local anesthesia to numb the eye, so there is minimal discomfort during the surgery. We will also give you medicine to help you relax. You will not be put to sleep or given general anesthesia.
Are both eyes done at the same time?
Dr. Harman performs surgery one eye at a time. Once the first eye is healed, and you are happy with your visual outcome, surgery can be performed for your other eye (usually 2-3 weeks later).
Where are the surgeries performed?
Dr. Harman performs the surgery at our surgical center, Eye Surgery Center of Central Virginia, which is located at 1834 Graves Mill Road, Forest, VA 24551. Dr. Harman is one of the most experienced eye surgeons in Virginia. He has performed over 25,000 intraocular surgeries since 1988.
What will my vision be like after surgery?
Your distance vision will usually be very good within a day or two of surgery. However, your near and intermediate vision may be somewhat blurred right after surgery. You may need to wear reading glasses to help you read during this recovery period. After about two weeks, you should notice an improvement in your near and intermediate vision.
Are there any restrictions after surgery?
Most patients are able to resume their normal activities the day after surgery and can drive to the office for their postoperative appointment. The most important “don’t” after surgery is that you do not rub your eye. We also ask that ladies avoid the use of eye makeup for two weeks.