Advanced Cataract Surgery
Dr. Delia Manjoney is one of Connecticut’s leading Cataract Surgeons specializing in ReStor and Toric IOL cataract surgery.
What are cataracts?
Cataracts occur when the eye lens yellows with age or when proteins in the eyes clump together resulting in clouding over an area of the lens in the eye. As cataracts progress, light coming into the eye through the lens is blocked and hence vision is diminished. The lens helps to focus light rays precisely onto the retina so that the images we see are clear and sharp. If the lens becomes cloudy, our vision gets blurred. Cataracts can occur in one eye or both but do not spread from one eye to the other. Cataracts are a natural part of aging and cannot be prevented with diet or laser treatments. Patients who believe they may have a cataract should contact Dr. Manjoney to receive an evaluation and determine if they are a good candidate for cataract surgery.
What happens during cataract development?
In an eye with a cataract, the lens becomes less transparent. Light entering the eye through the lens gets diffused and does not focus precisely onto the retina as it normally should. This results in blurred, dulled, or yellowed vision, just like looking through a frosted window or a yellowish glass. Cataracts tend to grow slowly progressing over a period of years and this growth rate may be different for each eye. Cataract development varies with each individual.
What causes cataracts?
While the most common type of cataract is age-related, other causes include family history, medical problems, such as diabetes, eye injury, medications, long-term, unprotected radiation, or exposure to sunlight, previous eye surgery, and other factors. Age-related cataracts generally develop after the age of 50 and are the major cause of decreased vision among the older population.
Symptoms of Cataracts
The primary sign of cataracts is blurred vision. Other symptoms may include reduced sharpness of vision, fading or yellowing of colors, needing brighter light to read, glare or light sensitivity, double vision in one eye, and poor night vision.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Cataracts
Dr. Manjoney will perform a series of tests in order to diagnose a cataract. Cataracts are detected through comprehensive eye examinations including:
- A visual acuity test to measure how sight at various distances.
- A dilated eye exam that widens the pupils allowing for a close examination of the eye.
- Tonometry to measure the pressure inside the eye.
Cataracts in the early stages may be improved with eyeglasses, brighter lighting, anti-glare sunglasses, and magnifying lens or other aids. Advanced cataracts, however, require surgery.
Multifocal Cataract Surgery
In her 24 years of ophthalmology practice experience, Dr. Manjoney has performed countless cataract surgeries and procedures. Dr. Manjoney and her staff work closely with you to assess your needs, provide you with information and answer your questions, and determine the best surgery option including IOLs (intraocular lenses). Regular and complete eye examinations are highly recommended to provide a documented record of your eye history including general eye health and specific concerns such as cataracts.
Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed minimally invasive procedure surgery in the United States with over 2 million people having the procedure each year. Cataract surgery is performed on an outpatient basis under local or topical anesthesia and involves pre-op, post-op and follow-up care. If you have cataracts in both eyes, each eye will be operated on separately with approximately 2 to 8 weeks between each surgery. With Dr. Manjoney, you can be assured of exceptional care using the latest procedures and technology. Dr. Manjoney personally treats her patients before and after surgery, not just performing the procedure.
While cataracts are a given in the aging process, the treatment procedures have made amazing advancements and the results are better than ever. Make an appointment today to talk to Dr. Manjoney or her staff about eye care and options for treating cataracts. We want your surgical experience to be as comfortable and as pleasant as possible.
Premium intraocular lens implants (IOLs)
Dr. Manjoney has 24 years of experience performing cataract surgery, and offers patients the option of undergoing the procedure with premium intraocular lens implants (IOLs).
Connecticut cataract patients can undergo cataract surgery using traditional or premium IOLs. Traditional IOLs are monofocal lenses that correct for vision at one distance only. Patients can only improve either far, intermediate or near vision. Post-operation patients may still need to wear glasses or corrective lenses for near, far or intermediate vision. Premium IOLs allow patients to simultaneously correct for cataracts, and other conditions including nearsightedness, farsightedness, presbyopia and astigmatism.
Dr. Manjoney will work with you to decide which lens is best for your individual eyes to help you have clear vision at near, intermediate and far distances. To discuss your options for cataract replacement lenses, please call us today to schedule a cataract consultation.
Dr. Manjoney offers all the leading IOLs including:
Restor 3.0 Lens:
The ReStor lens is a multifocal lens approved by the FDA that improves vision in a variety of distances. It improves reading vision as well as distance vision. The Restor 3.0 lens allows cataract replacement with +3.0 diopters add power at near, intermediate and distance vision.
The toric premium IOL is ideal for patients who struggle with cataracts and astigmatism. The toric lens is one of the only premium IOLs available for the treatment of astigmatism. Since the toric lens has an aspheric design, patients can reduce corneal astigmatism and improve distance vision with this lens. The toric IOLs are a light yellow color that helps filter out blue light to protect the retina,without affecting the color or quality of the patient's vision. Although toric IOLs are not accommodating and may still require eyeglasses or contacts to be worn, they offer many advantages to patients with astigmatism.
This lens was approved as an IOL by the FDA in 2002. In April 2004 it was approved again as a driving aid. The TECNIS® IOL was designed using wavefront analysis of human corneas. The TECNIS® IOL was designed using wavefront analysis of human corneas. The TECNIS® IOL’s aspheric surface significantly reduces spherical aberrations and improves patient outcomes – providing safer, sharper vision.
Undergoing Cataract Surgery with Dr. Manjoney
Dr. Delia Manjoney has years of experience of treating the needs of patients in the Connecticut area and is proud to perform personalized cataract surgery procedures with both traditional and premium IOLs. Committed to patient satisfaction, Dr. Manjoney restores cataract patients' vision through safe and pleasant experiences. Under her outstanding care, thousands of patients have successfully treated their eye conditions and have achieved excellent vision
To learn more about cataract surgery with Dr. Manjoney, please contact her office at (203) 576-6500 to schedule a consultation