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At Advanced Eye Care of Tucson, we strive and pride ourselves in communication with and educating patients on their diagnosis and treatment plan.  Please read through Advanced Eye Care Tucson resources for details and information.  

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Cataract Surgery Lens Options

  • Intraocular IOL - During cataract surgery, the cloudy, damaged lens will be removed and replaced with an intraocular lens made out of acrylic material that will last the rest of your life. The lens is implanted in your eye, replacing the eye’s natural lens. There are different types of IOLs, and each offers many pros and cons. Your physician will discuss the best lens options with you.
  • Standard IOL - With the standard monofocal implants, the cloudy cataract is removed and is replaced with a clear lens. The goal with this lens is clearer vision; however, because it only corrects at one distance, either reading or distance, expect to wear glasses for either distance reading. Your insurance covers this lens.
  • Toric IOL - If you suffer from cataracts and astigmatism, this lens will correct your vision after cataract surgery. A Toric IOL can correct cataracts and astigmatism to provide you with sharp vision in one range.
  • Panoptix IOL – This lens provides “Multifocal Range of Vision” and will give you reasonable distance vision and allow you to see well at mid-range and some reading vision.

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What is Glaucoma?

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, glaucoma is a disease that damages your eye’s optic nerve. Fluid builds up in the front part of your eye, which increases the pressure in your eye, damaging the optic nerve, leading to blindness for people over 60 years old.

Dr. Patrick Tsai is board-certified with over 15 years of experience after a fellowship glaucoma training program at Indiana University School of Medicine. He specializes in the treatment and management of glaucoma. He also performs the newest minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) and all glaucoma laser procedures.

Types Of Glaucoma

Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma

This most common type of glaucoma happens gradually, where the eye does not drain fluid as well as it should (like a clogged drain), leading to eye pressure and damage to the optic nerve. It is painless and causes no vision changes at first.

Some people can have optic nerves that are sensitive to normal eye pressure. This means their risk of getting glaucoma is higher than usual. Regular eye exams are important to find early signs of damage to their optic nerve.

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Angle-Closure Glaucoma

Also called “closed-angle glaucoma” or “narrow-angle glaucoma,” it happens when your iris is very close to the drainage angle in their eye. The iris can end up blocking the drainage angle. When blocked completely, eye pressure rises, called an acute attack. You should call your ophthalmologist right away, or you might go blind.

Signs of acute angle-closure glaucoma attack:

  • Suddenly blurred vision
  • Severe eye pain
  • Headache
  • Nausea (feeling sick to your stomach)
  • Vomiting
  • See rainbow-colored rings or halos around lights

Many people develop this slowly with no symptoms. In some people, their drainage angle gets blocked suddenly, causing an attack called chronic angle-closure glaucoma. This can cause blindness if not treated right away.

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