Refractive Cataract Surgery in Saskatoon
What Are Cataracts?
At Horizon, we recognize the important impact one’s vision has on our quality of life. As we age, the natural lens within the eye may start to become cloudy and obscure vision over time. This is called a cataract. When cataracts begin to affect our vision and daily life, cataract surgery might be the solution. Cataracts form mostly due to aging but can also develop earlier in life due to genetics, eye injuries, health conditions or certain medications.
Symptoms of Cataracts
- Blurred, hazy vision
- Decreased contrast
- Poor night vision
- Glare, haloes or starbursts around lights
What Happens During Refractive Cataract Surgery?
During refractive cataract surgery, the cloudy natural lens inside the eye is removed and replaced with a customized artificial lens that can restore vision and decrease dependence on glasses or contact lenses.
At Horizon, our goal is to help improve your vision using state-of-the-art surgical technology including the latest in intraocular lenses. We personalize your treatment to best suit your prescription, lifestyle, and visual needs/goals.
There are multiple intraocular lens options available for Refractive Cataract Surgery. Each lens offers unique features to customize your vision.
- Trifocal Lens: This lens provides reduced dependency on glasses at all distances – distance, intermediate and near.
- Extended Depth of Focus Lens: This lens provides reduced dependency on glasses and viewing at multiple distances while providing a more natural functioning vision. There may still be a need for glasses for reading very fine print.
- Toric Lens: This lens will provide correction of distance vision only for patients with astigmatism. Glasses will be required for functional intermediate and near vision after surgery.
- Monofocal Lens: This lens will provide the ability to focus on one point, typically improving distance vision. Therefore, this lens will correct the majority of your distance vision but glasses may be needed after surgery to sharpen distance vision depending on the degree of astigmatism present. In addition, you will still require glasses for viewing intermediate and near objects.
Single vision lens can be used for distance or near vision.
Bifocals lens can be used for distance or near vision.
Progressive lenses can be used for distance, near & distant, intermediate vision.
Surgical Options for Refractive Cataract Surgery
There Are 2 Surgical Options for Refractive Cataract Surgery. Manual surgery is the standard of care however, laser-assisted surgery offers the benefit of enhanced safety and precision.
- Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Surgery: This technique uses a femtosecond laser to create a precise opening in the cornea and the capsule that holds the lens to allow the surgeon to gain access to the cataract. In addition, this laser is used to soften and segment the lens into smaller pieces to allow for a gentle removal of the cataract.
- Manual Surgery: A blade is used to create an opening in the cornea and the capsule that holds the lens to allow the surgeon access to the cataract. Ultrasound energy is then used to break the cataract into small pieces to ease removal prior to inserting the artificial lens.
What To Expect After Surgery?
Surgery is typically completed without using any stitches because the small incisions are designed to be self-healing. Vision will be blurred for the first few days, with gradual improvement over the first 1-2 months. It is expected to experience irritation, glare, haloes, and light sensitivity during the initial healing phase. Colours may appear brighter and less dull after surgery.
At Horizon, we understand the importance of your vision. You can be confident that we will provide you with the highest level of care and attention to detail in your journey to a visual outcome that is fulfilling and will last for years to come.