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Eye Surgery
The staff at the Southtowns Eye Center is pleased that you have selected us for your surgery or procedure.  As we want all aspects of your surgery to go smoothly, please use this section for information on what to expect before and after surgery, and click on the below links to view the cataract surgery videos.  


Multi focal IOL's are used to achieve good distance and near vision with less dependence on glasses. These lenses operate by bringing light into focus at more than one point at the same time. This allows the eye to see both near and far for most tasks without glasses. Multi focal IOL's have a slightly greater tendency to cause night vision complaints such as rings and halos around lights.
Astigmatism is very common before and after cataract surgery. Almost one in three people who are candidates for cataract surgery in the United States have at least 1.0 diopter (D) of astigmatism, which is enough to cause noticeably blurred vision without eyeglasses or contact lenses. In the past, intraocular lenses (IOLs) used in cataract surgery could not correct astigmatism. Toric IOLs have special markers on the peripheral parts of the lens that enable the surgeon to see the orientation of the astigmatism correction in the lens. Once the toric IOL is implanted in the eye, the surgeon then rotates the lens so the astigmatism correction is properly aligned for best results.

A YAG CAP or YAG laser capsulotomy is a procedure that is sometimes required after Cataract Surgery. About 20% of patients who have had cataract surgery will develop a secondary cataract over time and require a YAG laser.  When a patient has their natural lens removed during Cataract Surgery, the capsule of the original lens is left intact to support the new intraocular lens that is implanted. Sometimes, a cloud forms in the capsule and vision becomes blurred. This is what is referred to as a secondary Cataract. The procedure to relieve this problem is a YAG laser capsulotomy. A small opening is created in the center of the capsule, allowing light to pass through the eye to the retina and vision is restored.
A YAG laser procedure generally takes about 5-10 minutes.  Dilation is necessary for the procedure and they eye will be numbed with anesthetic drops.
You may drive yourself to the surgical facility if you feel comfortable driving.
If you were given a dilating drop in the office please instill 1 drop into eye(s) that is having procedure done, 1 hour prior to arrival time.


A YAG PI, or a YAG laser peripheral Iridotomy, is a procedure to treat or prevent angle closure glaucoma. This procedure uses the YAG laser to create a hole in the iris, which allows fluid to drain from the eye in order to be absorbed by surrounding eye tissue. In some people, this drainage system can become blocked, leading to a rise in intraocular pressure. If untreated, this increased pressure can cause permanent vision loss. The YAG laser is used to create a tiny opening in the iris as a "back up drain" in the event of a blockage. This microscopic opening is made in the iris under the upper eyelid. This tiny hole helps maintain a normal flow of fluid through the eye thus preventing visual loss due to a rise in intraocular pressure.

A YAG PI typically takes less than 5 minutes. Dilation is not necessary for the procedure; however, the eye will be numbed with anesthetic drops.
You may drive yourself to the surgical facility.
  • Please click on the Forms tab to find information on the Surgical Facility and forms that you will need to fill out prior to your procedure.

  • STOP all aspirin, Motrin, Advil, Nuprin and any other blood thinners 1 week before laser treatment, if cleared by your medical doctor.  You may use Tylenol. 
    If you were given a script for Pilocarpine please instill 1 drop into eye(s) that is having procedure done, 1 hour prior to arrival time.
    • Please click on the Forms tab to find information on the Surgical Facility and form that you will need to fill out prior to your procedure

​What is the LenSx Laser
The LenSx Laser is an advanced, precision based technology that operates with unmatched precision and computer-control, helping surgeons to customize the procedure to your eye. It is a technologically advanced option for cataract patients. When you choose the LenSx Laser, you'll enjoy a range of vital benefits.
While all human eyes share the same basic anatomical structure, every eye is just a bit different in terms of size, depth, curvature of the cornea and other key features. Which is why every eye must be carefully measured and mapped prior to cataract surgery. While these measurements have been routinely performed prior to surgery, <span font-size:="" new="" style="line-height: 1.6em; >the LenSx Laser uses a range of highly advanced technologies - including intergrated optical coherence tomography to capture incredibly precise, high-resolution images of your eyes. These images and the measurements and data they provide are then used to plan and perform a surgery to exacting specifications not attainable with traditional surgery. Click on the below link to see more about the LenSx Laser. 

Because cataracts can cloud your vision and will ultimately lead to vision loss, cataract surgery is usually considered a medical necessity and is partially covered by Medicare and most health insurance plans. However, there are limitations because these plans will typically only cover astigmatism correction.

As you research this procedure, you will learn that you have options when it comes to cataract surgery. If you decide to move forward with multifocal IOLs to correct presbyopia or astigmatism at the same time, you will incur some out-of-pocket expense. This is because these conditions are not considered medical necessities. Multifocal IOLs are considered to be “elective” options. Many of our patients feel this extra expense is worth it in the long run, since most patients with multifocal IOLs are free from glasses most of the time with these new lenses.

At Southtowns Eye Center, we don’t want cost to get in the way of helping you achieve glasses-free vision. We offer financing options, with minimum monthly payments, to help work excellent vision into your monthly budget. We can discuss these options with you during your Cataract Consultation.