A cataract is the clouding of the eye’s natural lens. Most cataracts develop with advancing age, typically between ages 60-80, but the lens starts to cloud even as early as age 40. People with cataracts see the world as if through a dirty window, making daily activities more difficult.

Cataract eye surgery is a very common and medically necessary procedure.  Dr. Zhu uses femtosecond laser technology to perform cataract surgery without use of a blade. During laser cataract surgery, your cloudy lens is removed and replaced with a clear lens safely and comfortably. You may also be a candidate to correct your nearsightedness, farsightedness,  astigmatism, and/or presbyopia at the same time. Read more about how cataract surgery is done here.

Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) is a procedure performed similarly to cataract surgery for younger people (typically over 40) who have pre-cataract lens changes and would like to improve their distance and near vision. RLE is often a better option than LASIK for people who already have early age-related lens changes as it provides a more permanent solution and better quality vision.

Lifestyle lenses are a premium lens option for cataract and RLE surgery that are used to provide a more functional range of vision and are designed to reduce the need for distance and reading glasses so that you can lead a more active lifestyle. Dr. Zhu was one of the first surgeons in the country to implant the PanOptix trifocal intraocular lens, the first lens of its kind to improve vision at distance, intermediate, and near (goodbye reading and computer glasses!). Dr. Zhu uses the most advanced technology available today and can discuss with you all the different options to see which is the best for you.