An estimated 20.5 million Americans over 40 have cataracts, with the number of Americans undergoing cataract surgery expected to increase. Fortunately, it’s now a commonplace process to restore healthy vision.
“We now have progressed to a 15-minute outpatient procedure,” according to Dr. Michael Caruso, ophthalmic surgeon at Atlantic Eye Center. “The hospital has been eliminated completely, laboratory tests are minimal, and most patients may continue their medications pre-operatively.”
Additionally, patients are weighing in on the type of Intraocular Lens (IOL) used.
“The IOL replaces the natural lens in your eye,” added Dr. Caruso. “Before the first IOL was approved in 1981, there was no real replacement. Patients had to wear thick eyeglasses or special contact lenses in order to see once we removed the natural lens. Until fairly recently, we were limited in the type of IOLs that were available, so it was only natural for the physician to decide which was the right fit for the patient. Today, the patients help to determine which lens will be used.”
Dr. Caruso explains that the selected lens affects insertion, positioning, and healing. There are three choices: a standard lens for distance, a high-tech lens that provides better night vision accompanied with an astigmatic reduction procedure, and a multifocal lens that allows the user to see far, intermediate and near.
Dr. Michael Caruso is a board-certified medical ophthalmologist and eye surgeon. Dr. Caruso opened an ambulatory surgery center, Cape Cataract Center, which is dedicated to eye procedures only.
Atlantic Eye Center is located at 207 Stone Harbor Blvd. in Court House. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit www.DoctorMichaelCaruso.com or call (609) 465-1616. You can also find them on Facebook.