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Patients with cataracts can enjoy exceptional vision quality following surgery, as well as protect their vision thanks to advanced technology being used by Jeffrey Heimer, M.D., an ophthalmologist on the medical staff at Tyrone Hospital.
The technology is a new generation intraocular lens used in cataract surgery.‑
“The lens is the closest thing we have to the natural lens of the eye,” said Dr. Heimer. ‘It is easy to insert, is stable once it is inserted, and offers excellent quality vision. Another important feature is that the lens now has built in protection from ultraviolet light.”
According to Dr. Heimer, cataracts are commonplace, affecting an estimated eighty percent of people over age sixty.‑Most cataracts form as a natural part of the aging process. In some instances they can also be caused by injury, medications, or other causes.
A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens within the eye. The result is vision that is blurred, fuzzy, or hazy.‑ The clouding can progress and may severely impair vision.‑Dr. Heimer said the treatment for cataracts is surgical removal.
Surgery is generally indicated when vision changes start to interfere with activities in daily life or create safety issues.
Cataract surgery is performed using the most advanced microsurgical techniques.‑ The cataract is removed and then a man made intraocular lens is implanted in the eye to permanently replace the human lens. The combination of cataract removal and lens implantation is what restores and improves vision.
The intraocular lens that Dr. Heimer uses at Tyrone Hospital is the SofPort Advanced Optics Spheric Lens with Violet Shield Technology. Dr. Heimer first started using the advanced SofPort lens at Tyrone over a year ago. When the lens was upgraded further to include protection from ultraviolet light, Dr. Heimer brought the more advanced lens to Tyrone as well.
“The beauty of this upgraded lens is that we can not only restore vision to cataract patients but also provide some protection that can help reduce their risk of developing other vision problems.”
‑For more information, contact Jeffrey Heimer, M.D. ‑at Heimer Eye Care Associates at 684-5210.