At Boston Vision, we offer cataract surgery in order to help you see properly once again. Cataracts cause your natural eye lens to become cloudy, disrupting your vision. Having a cataract is like looking through a foggy or dusty windshield. Your perceptions of things can be blurry, hazy, or faded in color. The only way to get rid of cataracts is through surgical intervention. Your ophthalmologist at Boston Vision will help to choose the best surgical option for you.
Cataracts are a common eye condition that occurs most often in people over the age of 50. Cataracts are the clouding of the natural eye lens. This makes it difficult to see. Cataract symptoms to look for are:
- Slow, progressive decrease in vision.
- Blurring of vision
- Yellowing of images
- Decrease in color intensity
- Frequent prescription changes
- Double vision
Some types of cataracts affect distance vision more than close-up vision. Other types may affect close-up vision more. At Boston Vision, we suggest that patients get evaluated as soon as they start to notice a cataract, especially if it is starting to interfere with their daily activities.
Our team at Boston Vision strives to stay on top of the latest advancements in technology and surgical techniques in order to provide our patients with effective, quality care. Our team is always at the forefront to embrace revolutionary implants for cataract surgery once deemed safe. These include toric lenses to correct astigmatism and multifocal lenses to reduce dependency on glasses at a distance and near. The most advanced implant currently available is the light-adjustable lens (LAL, www.Rxsight.com ). Boston Vision is the first to offer this implant in MA.
The types of cataract surgery that we perform at the Boston Vision are:
With this technique, an ultrasonic oscillating probe is inserted into the eye. This probe breaks up the center of the lens, while this is happening, the fragments are suctioned from the eye. Most of the lens capsule is left behind, but a foldable intraocular lens implant will be placed inside to help focus light onto the retina. The incision used for this is very tiny and does not require any sutures to close it. There is a very short period of downtime, but vision returns quickly.
With this technique, a precise laser is used to perform some steps of the surgery prior to entering the operating room. The laser will make corneal incisions for the surgery and to reduce astigmatism. The laser will also open the cataract (capsulotomy) and soften the lens, allowing the surgeon to use less ultrasound in the eye.
This is a laser procedure that is sometimes necessary after cataract surgery. During cataract surgery, part of the anterior capsule is removed. This remainder of the capsule holds the lens implant in place. The posterior capsule remains fully intact. But sometimes, the posterior capsule loses its clarity after cataract surgery. When this happens, a laser can be used to restore normal vision.
Meet Dr. Melki
Samir Melki MD Ph.D. completed a fellowship in Cornea and Refractive Surgery at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, (Harvard Medical School) in 2000. His previous education included an MD Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University and an Ophthalmology residency at Georgetown University. Dr. Melki founded Boston Vision in 2000 and has pursued an academically oriented practice since. He joined the Cornea service at Mass Eye and Ear (MEEI) in 2007 as a part-time faculty. Dr. Melki was the Medical Director for Ophthalmology at the UK Specialist Hospitals from 2005 till 2013 where he established and managed quality controls for about 20,000 cataract procedures.
Meet Dr. Brenner
Dr. Brenner is a board-certified ophthalmologist, specializing in cornea, refractive, and anterior segment surgery. As a cornea specialist, he performs corneal transplants including less invasive partial-thickness procedures like DALK and ultrathin DSEK. He has also been performing corneal cross-linking for keratoconus since it was FDA approved. His primary interests include LASIK, cataract surgery, the use of the femtosecond laser, sutured intraocular lenses, and anterior segment reconstruction.Read More
Meet Dr. Melki
Samir Melki MD Ph.D. completed a fellowship in Cornea and Refractive Surgery at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, (Harvard Medical School) in 2000. His previous education included an MD Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University and an Ophthalmology residency at Georgetown University. Dr. Melki founded Boston Vision in 2000 and has pursued an academically oriented practice since. He joined the Cornea service at Mass Eye and Ear (MEEI) in 2007 as a part-time faculty. Dr. Melki was the Medical Director for Ophthalmology at the UK Specialist Hospitals from 2005 till 2013 where he established and managed quality controls for about 20,000 cataract procedures.Read More
After cataract surgery, most of our patients do not need drops. Your ophthalmologist may give you something to cover the eye in order to protect it. Recovery from cataract surgery is relatively quick and simple. Most patients notice an immediate improvement in your vision from the surgery and return to most activities of daily living the next day.
If you are noticing signs or symptoms of cataracts, then speak with an eye care professional at Boston Vision. We can help to find the right treatment for you in order to restore your vision. To schedule your appointment, book an appointment online or give us a call at 617-202-2020
Cataract Surgery is available at our Brookline, Milford, Medford, Wellesley, and Andover locations.