Custom Cataract Surgery
Kenneth A. Kasten, M.D., founder and director of South Palm Eye Associates, has been serving your community for more than 25 years, performing thousands of procedures to remove cataracts and restore clear vision.
Dr. Kasten removes cataracts in a comfortable outpatient surgical procedure. After making a very small incision and removing the clouded lens, Dr. Kasten replaces it with a clear lens implant. The procedure takes only a few minutes, recovery time is short, and the patient quickly begins to enjoy better vision.
On its own, however, cataract surgery cannot reduce the need for bifocals or reading glasses to compensate for presbyopia, nor can it correct blurred vision caused by astigmatism.
Recent advances in technology and surgical techniques make it possible for many of the patients undergoing cataract surgery to function largely without the aid of corrective eyewear. *
The decision to have cataract surgery is based on individual need, and we believe that no single approach is appropriate for everyone. Dr. Kasten takes the health of your eyes and your lifestyle into account when designing a Custom Cataract Surgery treatment plan that best meets your needs
Your individual Custom Cataract Surgery treatment plan will include the most appropriate combination of procedures that go beyond correcting cloudy vision caused by cataracts. It may include a procedure to reduce astigmatism and/or the implantation of a multifocal replacement lens designed to reduce dependence on glasses for seeing distant and near objects.
Our goal is to take you beyond BETTER vision to your personal best vision with a Custom Cataract Surgery treatment plan to meet your unique needs.
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State of the Art Multifocal Replacement Lenses
Your individual Custom Cataract Surgery treatment plan will include the most appropriate combination of procedures that go beyond correcting cloudy vision caused by cataracts. It may include the implantation of a multifocal replacement lens designed to reduce dependence on glasses for seeing distant and near objects.
Dr. Kasten is certified to implant all brands of the technologically advanced multifocal lenses available at this time (Crystalens ®, ReSTOR ®, and ReZoom™), so he can select the lens most appropriate for you.
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Have you been searching for an alternative to bifocals that may also give you sharper, seamless vision?
Crystalens ® is an FDA-approved surgical implant that replaces the natural lens and works in conjunction with the eye’s own muscles. This amazing lens “accommodates” (flexes) to provide better vision without corrective bifocals. In clinical trials, 100 percent of Crystalens recipients could see their computer and dashboard, read prices in the supermarket, or put on makeup, and 98 percent could pass their driver’s test. This lens is particularly well suited to patients who require excellent night vision.
Are you looking for a lens that can give you better vision at all distances and may reduce your dependence on glasses?
ReSTOR® may be your answer. The revolutionary presbyopia-correcting ReSTOR multifocal lens provides a wide range of quality vision in any type of lighting. Working with the eye’s pupil to allocate light for optimal vision at near, intermediate, and far distances; this lens also filters harmful UV and high-energy blue light. In clinical trials, more ReSTOR patients were spectacle-free than those with any other lens implant. In fact, 80 percent of these patients reported never needing glasses following implantation in both eyes.
Multifocal Replacement Lens Q&A
WHICH REPLACEMENT LENS IS RIGHT FOR ME?
This question can be answered only after careful consideration of the health of your eyes, your individual lifestyle, and the demands of your occupation and hobbies.
Before creating your Custom Cataract Surgery treatment plan, Dr. Kasten will want to know more about… your occupation how many hours a day you read and what types of reading you enjoy how many hours a day you use a computer the types of outdoor activities you enjoy your hobbies, and whether you do close work, like sewing or knitting how much driving you do at night whether you like to travel how bothered you are by wearing glasses.
If your Custom Cataract Surgery treatment plan includes implantation of a multifocal lens, Dr. Kasten will select the technology that best meets the visual demands you face.
WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR A MULTIFOCAL REPLACEMENT LENS?
Candidates include individuals with cataracts that impair vision. Patients with health problems, such as diabetes or a chronic infection, should wait until those conditions are under control before scheduling this procedure.
Dr. Kasten will perform a careful examination before making any recommendation. At that time, your eyes will be measured to determine the correct lens power for your multifocal lens implant.
I HAVE HAD LASIK LASER VISION CORRECTION. Am I still a Candidate for an advanced lens implant?
As long as your eye is healthy, Dr. Kasten can implant an advanced multifocal replacement lens, even if you have already had a refractive procedure like LASIK.
WHAT DOES THE PROCEDURE INVOLVE?
An advanced multifocal replacement lens is implanted on an outpatient basis in less than 10 minutes. A local anesthetic is administered to anesthetize the eye and medications are given for relaxation. Dr. Kasten removes the natural lens and implants the multifocal lens in its place. After the procedure, Dr. Kasten administers drops to control inflammation and prevent infection. The very small incision requires no stitches and heals quickly.
WHEN CAN I RESUME NORMAL ACTIVITY?
Most patients are able to drive and return to work after only two to three days. The eye may still be sensitive to touch and to light, and sunglasses are recommended for outdoor activity. Dr. Kasten will advise you as to when you can resume the use of eye makeup and will answer your questions as to other activities you should avoid while the eye is healing.
CAN LENSES BE IMPLANTED IN BOTH EYES ON THE SAME DAY?
Generally, Dr. Kasten will implant a multifocal lens in one eye first, and then monitor the healing and vision of that eye before scheduling the procedure for your other eye.
IS THE PROCEDURE TO IMPLANT AN ADVANCED MULTIFOCAL LENS SAFE?
Cataract surgery is the most frequently performed and one of the safest procedures performed in the United States today. The implantation procedure is virtually identical to the cataract correction procedure that has been performed safely for the past 25 years on more than 65 million eyes in this country alone.
WHICH MULTIFOCAL LENS IS RIGHT FOR ME?
The choice is between a traditional monofocal lens plus glasses for near vision or a multifocal lens. Before advising you, Dr. Kasten will consider the health of your eyes, your individual lifestyle, and the demands of your occupation and hobbies. Ultimately, however, the decision is yours. Ask yourself, “What would my life be like without glasses?”
Call now to schedule your appointment with Dr. Kasten.