See Like a Kid Again
Courtesy RGB Eye Associates, Texoma LIVING WELL Magazine
Formerly, cataract surgery was about preventing blindness. Now, with premium lens options and innovative new technology, RGB Eye Associates offers an unprecedented level of precision for cataract surgeries, allowing for more exact, uncorrected visual acuity. Many patients say that following the procedure, they have the vision they enjoyed when they were younger.
The three board certified physicians at RGB Eye Associates in Sherman are among the first surgeons in the area to offer this next phase of cataract surgery with premium lens implant and lens exchange surgical treatment. With the acquisition of the new femtosecond laser and wavefront aberrometer, two advanced technologies that complement one another, RGB offers the latest technology for patients who elect to have cataract surgery with presbyopia-correcting or astigmatism-correcting intraocular lenses (IOLs).
“Our proactive practice philosophy has been that patients come first and we will secure any proven innovation, technique or technology that provides a better outcome for our patients,” says Robert G. Burlingame, M.D.
Learn About Cataracts
A cataract is a clouding of the lens of your eye. Cataracts are quite common, affecting about 20.5 million Americans over the age of 40, although they occur most often in people over 60. One or both eyes may be affected. Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss in people over the age of 55. Symptoms include cloudy vision, difficulty seeing at night, double vision, “halos” around lights, sensitivity to light, or colors that seem dull or faded.
Cataract surgery is one of the safest and most effective surgical procedures available today with over a million procedures done each year. In fact, it’s the most common eye surgery performed by the ophthalmologists at RGB Eye Associates. Previously, surgery consisted of simply removing the cataract, which alleviated the symptoms but did nothing to correct vision problems associated with astigmatism or presbyopia. Later technology offered greater options, but the surgeon still had to wait weeks after performing the surgery to determine your vision results.
Now there’s a new standard–––an unparalleled precision process that changes everything.
Two Extraordinary Technologies
The femtosecond laser is a revolutionary laser refractive cataract surgery option utilizing highly customized procedures to enhance accuracy. It allows the surgeons at RGB Eye Associates to implant premium IOLs during cataract surgery to precise specifications not previously available.
“The femtosecond laser has been described as a merger of technology and surgical ingenuity. We’re excited about it and know our patients will be as well,” says William B. Plauché, M.D.
The wavefront aberrometer allows our surgeons to ensure that the IOL is precisely selected and placed, which ultimately gives you a better visual outcome.
“Everyone’s eye structure is different,” says Andrew D. Bossen, M.D. “Advanced cataract surgery allows us to ‘read’ the eye measurements in real time, which is important when implanting premium IOLs.”
Consider the Benefits
Like a fingerprint, every eye has a unique size and shape. Prior to treatment, the femtosecond laser images your eye and makes precise 3D maps of relevant structures. This enables our surgeons to create a tailored treatment plan that is customized for your eye.
Dr. Burlingame, Dr. Plauchè, and Dr. Bossen talk with patients about options for premium lens implants, including monofocal lens for vision at one distance, multifocal or accommodating lens for near, intermediate and far vision, or toric lens for correcting higher levels of astigmatism.
Using the wavefront aberrometer, the ophthalmologists can measure your eye to refine your outcomes during the procedures, rather than having to “wait and see” as with traditional cataract surgery.
Whether you’ve had LASIK or have astigmatism, using the wavefront aberrometer gives you the security of knowing you can have the best possible outcome, reducing the chance of needing an additional procedure later.
Of course, everyone’s eyes are different and outcomes vary. You’ll want to make an informed decision after talking with the physicians and professional team members at RGB Eye Associates about choices available to you. All surgeries include some risk, so it is important to read the material you will be given prior to treatment and address any concerns. RGB Eye Associates team members want to ensure that you have the most current, accurate information about possible indications, limitations and risks, as well as expected benefits.
You are invited to visit RGB Eye Associates in our new location at 1625 Highway 75 North in Sherman. Call 903-892-3282 for more information. Or visit the website at www.RGBeye.com.