Advanced Cataract Surgery

Cataracts are very common as we age, and may prevent us from seeing clearly. Cataracts are a clouding of the natural lens of our eyes that causes declining visual clarity. Fortunately, the physicians and surgeons at Charlotte Ophthalmology can effectively cure the condition with cataract surgery. In cataract surgery, the cloudy natural lens is removed from the eye. A permanent intraocular lens implant replaces the natural lens to restore focusing power. Our surgeons will assess how the cataract is affecting your lifestyle in combination with the clinical examination to determine if cataract surgery is right for you.

We perform a stitch-free, pain-free surgery by using numbing eye drops for anesthesia. The procedure is performed using an ultrasound-driven instrument that “sonically” breaks up the cataract (phacoemulsification) as it is suctioned (aspirated) out of the eye. Our surgeons utilize a microscopic incision that allows for a quicker recovery and eliminates the need for stitches, as the very small incision seals on its own. After your surgery, you will use eye drops a few times a day as prescribed by your surgeon.

Following cataract surgery, our patients typically report crisper, more vivid vision almost immediately. They are satisfied not only with their newfound visual clarity, but with the ease of the procedure and the manner in which our surgeons have personally cared for them. If you think you may have a cataract, please visit with Dr. Brandon Whiteside for a comprehensive and informative consultation about your eyes.

Advanced Lens Implant Technology

Dr. Brandon  Whiteside utilizes the Tecnis and AcrySof® IQ family of lenses, which are designed to reduce spherical aberrations, increase contrast sensitivity, and improve functional vision. These lenses offer advantages over traditional spherical cataract lenses:

• Enhanced clarity
• Improved image quality

The Tecnis and AcrySof® IQ family of lenses offer statistically and clinically significant improvements in night driving test conditions that simulated city and rural settings under normal, glare and fog conditions. In these tests, the Tecnis and IQ lenses performed functionally better than traditional lens implants in 34 of 36 conditions tested. The performance in 12 of these conditions was statistically significant, with the greatest advantage observed in detection and identification of city pedestrians and rural warning signs under glare and fog conditions.