Quality Cataract Care Services Performed at Granville Health System

6/20/2011

Until recently, life without reading glasses or bifocals was not an option for most cataract patients. Now there’s an excellent procedure in vision surgery being performed at Granville Health System that enables people undergoing cataract surgery to have the chance to achieve independence from eyeglasses.

The advanced procedure, performed by Vinod Jindal, M.D., board certified ophthalmologist, involves implantation of a multifocal presbyopic intraocular lens (IOL) during cataract surgery. The advantage of this cataract treatment compared to single lenses is that the multifocal lens improves vision at all distances – up close, far away and everything in between.

Said Dr. Jindal, “I am proud to be providing this technology, which will be beneficial to so many of my patients who have cataracts and presbyopia.”

A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s naturally clear lens. When the lens becomes cloudy, light rays cannot pass through it easily, and vision is blurred. If left untreated, it can slowly, but significantly, cause visual symptoms; these typically include blurred vision, glare, halos around lights, and double vision.

A cataract may not need to be treated if your vision is only slightly blurry. Simply changing your eyeglass prescription may help to improve your vision for a while. However, surgery is the only way to remove a cataract. When you are no longer able to see well enough to do the things you like to do, cataract surgery should be considered.

Many people have presbyopia along with cataracts. Presbyopia is a problem that is due to an aging process occurring in the natural lens of the eye. As we perform daily activities such as reading, watching television or working at the computer, our eyes are constantly focusing on objects at varying distances.

But once a person reaches about 40 years of age, the lens expands, becomes harder and is less pliable. Consequently, the lens is not as capable of changing its shape so it can quickly focus. The usual way to correct this problem is to use bifocal lenses or reading glasses. However, many people with presbyopia are now opting for the multifocal presbyopic intraocular lens (IOL).

While lens implants have been available for over 50 years, the multifocal lens is manufactured from a third-generation solid silicone to attain maximal strength and flexibility. A unique innovation that has been approved by the FDA for presbyopia and cataracts, the multifocal presbyopic IOL is placed at the time of cataract surgery. The lens is available in different powers to suit different patients’ needs; about 80% of patients reported never needing glasses after the procedure.

During the multifocal presbyopic IOL procedure, the cloudy cataract lens is removed from the eye through a tiny surgical incision. Next, the natural lens is replaced with a permanent intraocular lens (IOL) implant through the same tiny incision.

“We perform highly sophisticated, ‘no-stitch’ surgery to safely remove your cataracts,” said Dr. Jindal. “Because this procedure is performed through a very small incision, your eye will be able to heal rapidly with little or no discomfort,” he continued.

Cataract removal and IOL implantation are generally performed in the hospital, as an outpatient procedure, under local or topical anesthesia. The procedure usually takes 15 to 20 minutes. Following the procedure, you will be able to return home within an hour or so. Vision is restored immediately in most cases, and usually continues to improve in the weeks following the procedure.

“Currently, multifocal presbyopic IOLs offer the most promising results with improved optics and designs that appear to effect changes in optical power,” said Dr. Jindal. “Multifocal lenses require less eye movement to achieve the same level of accommodation when compared with single-focal designs,” he continued.

While practicing in Oxford for the past 9 years, Dr. Jindal has performed over 1,500 cataract surgeries with lens implants and has provided ongoing state-of-the-art medical and surgical eye care for patients at Granville Health System. “We strive to supply the most sophisticated technology and solutions to our patients, and are committed to providing them with all the options and information available,” said Dr. Jindal.

Specializing in diseases and surgery of the retina-vitreous, macula, cataracts and glaucoma, Dr. Jindal has a particular interest in intraocular lens implants. He has attended extensive continuing medical education courses, remaining current in such topics as presbyopic corrective, astigmatic and aspheric IOLs.

Dr. Jindal is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and a member of the NC Medical Society since 2002.

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