Cataracts

Common Symptoms

Cataracts are a clouding or opacification of the eyes’ native lens. The most common type of cataract is an aging change that is usually present to some degree by the age of 65. The eye’s native lens begins to harden in people’s 40’s, and this is when most notice that they need reading glasses for near vision. In the ensuing 10-20 years the lens continues to harden and opacify and this is when it is called a cataract. When the cloudiness affects activities of daily living such as driving at night (glare) or difficulty reading even with glasses it is usually time to consider cataract surgery.

Common symptoms of cataracts include:

  • Cloudy or blurred vision
  • Sensitivity to light and glare from headlights when driving
  • Frequent prescription changes for glasses or contact lenses
  • Color vision changes and overall dimming
  • In the beginning stages of cataracts, glasses may be sufficient to maintain visual acuity. As the cataract becomes more advanced surgery may be required.
  • Need for additional lighting for reading

During cataract surgery, your natural lens will be replaced with an IOL (intraocular lens). Technology advancements in this field have exploded over the last decade and patients have many options at the time of their procedure. One can choose to have a laser perform the most critical steps of the procedure, and there are many options for different “lifestyle lenses” people can choose to have implanted that are tailor made to meet specific visual needs.

Procedure Details

Dr. Bundrick performs cataract surgery at Red River Surgery Center.  This center focuses on patient care, comfort and privacy and hosts the latest technology available in the world to cataract surgeons.  The procedure usually takes no longer than 15 minutes.Laser assisted cataract surgery/ ORA with VerifEYE.

Dr. Bundrick offers laser assisted cataract surgery with the use of a LenSx laser.  The laser performs some of the most critical steps of cataract surgery with precision only a laser could provide.  Once the cataract is safely removed Dr. Bundrick will perform an additional measurement with the ORA intraoperative aberrometer. This is a device attached to the surgical microscope that takes additional measurements provide precise real time information to ensure your new lens will yield the best possible eyesight.
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Lenses

Dr. Bundrick offers a wide variety of premium lens technology and will spend time explaining them and matching the technology to your lifestyle.  It is now possible to drastically reduce your dependence on glasses after cataract surgery with this technology.

Both Glaucoma and Cataracts?

Learn about MIGS (Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery) procedrues that Dr. Bundrick offers his patients.
Cataract surgery alone can lower intraocular pressure, but this can be enhanced by adding a MIGS procedure to further lower the pressure in the eye. If you have both glaucoma and cataracts Dr. Bundrick will discuss with you which of the MIGS procedures he recommends for you.  Some patients are able to achieve low enough pressure to get off of all glaucoma drops!
iStent Procedure

Dr. Bundrick was the first surgeon in the state of Louisiana to implant an Active Focus +2.5 toric lens. Prior to this there were no options for patients with higher levels of astigmatism that wanted to reduce their need for glasses.