When cataracts are severe enough, surgery may be required. Milan Eye Center offers monofocal lens implant surgery, the top cataract lens implant treatment, at any of its multiple Atlanta area locations, including Buford, Canton, Cumming, Dahlonega, Johns Creek or Marietta. Monofocal lens implants replace the natural lens to provide cataract patients with high quality, clear vision at only one distance. Monofocal lens implants are typically covered by insurance companies, including Medicare.
Monofocal lens implants are implanted during surgery, after the removal of the natural lens. These lenses can be corrected for distance, intermediate, or near vision, meaning monofocal lens implant patients will still need eyeglasses for seeing at other distances.
Occasionally, patients decide to have the dominant eye corrected for distance and the non-dominant eye corrected for near; this is called monovision. This option reduces the dependence on glasses but may take some time to get used to, as the brain adapts to this optical status.
Lenses are made of acrylic or silicone, allowing them to be both flexible and durable. The lens implant works in the same way the natural lens of your eye does. Light enters the eye through the cornea and pupil and is focused by the implanted lens onto the retina. The image received is then transferred to the brain through your optic nerve. The light can only be bent to one focal point at a time due to the lens being monofocal.
The procedure starts with a careful examination by one of our expert ophthalmologists to determine if you are a candidate for monofocal lens implants. Your prescription and eye measurements will be determined so that an appropriate lens can be implanted for the best visual focus.
Before the procedure begins, your surgeon will apply topical numbing drops to your eye. Very small incisions will be made usinga an ultrasound probe to the cornea. The natural lens is then extracted from the eye through these tiny openings. The new, folded lens is inserted into the capsular bag where the natural lens was held previously. The lens will unfold upon insertion and the surgeon will gently position the monofocal implant.
The entire procedure takes 15-20 minutes per eye with minimal pain. In addition to the topical anesthetic, a mild sedative may be administered to keep you relaxed. The surgery is an outpatient procedure and patients may return home shortly afterward.
Most patients do not experience any significant pain following surgery, but your ophthalmologist will give you prescriptions for antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medications that may be taken at home. These will promote healing and keep the eye from becoming infected. Additionally, resting the eyes by closing them and applying eye drops may help with any temporary discomfort.
Slightly blurry or hazy vision and minimal discomfort are normal after surgery. Some patients have improved vision immediately after surgery, but the entire healing process may take 1 month. Patients should avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activities following surgery. Post-operative and follow-up appointments are necessary to monitor implants after surgery.
Contact Milan Eye Center in metro Atlanta for additional information regarding monofocal lens implants and other intraocular lens implant (IOL) types. Schedule a consultation with our expert staff by calling (678) 381-2020 or filling out the online form.
“Seeing Dr. Sajja was very easy and efficient. He was very thorough and professional. He was also very honest in what he felt needed to be done. He also had a very good bedside manner and was caring, nothing was painful at all. The surgery was a quick procedure and I was in excellent care. I was amazed that Dr. Sajja himself called me two days after surgery to check-up on me!”
“Dr. Milan Patel is an excellent, caring physician. From the initial exam through cataract surgery he was very patient with explaining the surgery and recovery process. I had both eyes replaced with new lenses and felt extremely comfortable through both procedures. I highly, highly recommend him!”
“I was scared of having my cataracts removed, but the doctor and all of the staff made me most comfortable. There was no pain & the recovery was short. I would recommend Dr. Desai to anyone who needs surgery. And the people who work there are just wonderful”