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John D. Mitchell, MD | Emily Ash Morin, MD | Jacquelyn Weber, MD 
130 Park Street SE, Suite 300 Vienna, Virginia 22180 / Phone:703-938-2266
8218 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite P-10 Bethesda, Maryland 20814 / Phone:301-656-2027

John D. Mitchell, MD
Emily Ash Morin, MD
Jacquelyn Weber, MD

130 Park Street SE, Suite 300
Vienna, Virginia 22180
Phone:703-938-2266

8218 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite P-10
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
Phone:301-656-2027

Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery with Premium Intraocular Lens Options

Cataracts are a discoloration of the natural lens inside the eye that occurs as a normal process of aging.  The lens is suspended within the eye behind the pupil.  It helps to focus images on the retina and flexes to allow us clear vision over a range of distances.  As we age, the lens increases in size and the ability to flex the lens becomes compromised.  This is why people often need bifocals or reading glasses as we age.  Additionally, the lens becomes cloudy, which is what we call a cataract.  Cataracts can initially cause a change in glasses prescription, but as the cataract progresses, glasses or contacts will not improve the vision anymore as there is still a cloudy or discolored lens that you are looking through.  At this point, cataract surgery is usually recommended if patients are dissatisfied with their vision.

Cataract surgery involves removing the natural lens (that has become cloudy) and replacing it with a clear artificial lens.  Measurements are taken in the office prior to surgery so that we can calculate the best Intraocular lens power for each patient.  This allows most of your glasses prescription to be compensated for by the artificial lens (IOL).  The purpose of cataract surgery is to improve your vision with or without glasses, but the ability to decrease the need for glasses after surgery is for many patients a beneficial side effect.

Cataract surgery is performed under IV sedation.  Dr. Mitchell, Dr. Morin and Dr. Weber use an ultra-small, no-stitch, no-patch technique that allows their patients to recover rapidly from the procedure.  Additionally, Dr.’s Mitchell, Morin and Weber are providing the most advanced Laser assisted cataract surgery technique to interested patients.  The laser can make the incisions normally made by hand by the surgeon.  It can “pre-slice” the cataract for easier removal, and it can treat astigmatism on the corneal surface.

Intraocular lens implants are essential in the visual rehabilitation of the eye.  Many years ago, cataract surgery involved removing the cloudy cataractous lens but they did not have artificial lenses to replace the native lens.  Post operatively, those patients had to wear very thick glasses or contacts to focus the image after surgery and were at increased risk of corneal decompensation and glaucoma.  Modern cataract surgery allows us to put most of your prescription in the artificial lens, so that your new glasses prescription is very thin, and lightweight.  Occasionally, some patients find that they have little or no dependency on glasses after the procedure.  There are many types of artificial lenses available now, including monofocal lenses, toric lenses (that treat higher amounts of astigmatism), and multifocal lenses that correct for distance and near vision in one lens.

Dr. Mitchell, Dr. Morin and Dr. Weber are experts in cataract surgery.  They can provide you with the most advanced surgical options including premium intraocular lenses and Laser assisted cataract surgery.  All patients have unique characteristics and lifestyle needs or desires.  They will tailor surgery to each patient’s unique situation.