June 24, 2015

Vision TestWith the likelihood of cataracts increasing incrementally as we age, most everyone knows at least one senior who’s been affected by them, and has become at least marginally familiar with what the procedure to correct them entails. What may come as a surprise, however, is that the latest procedure can improve vision more than ever before.

An exciting breakthrough for cataract sufferers has emerged, in the form of a new lens that does it all, correcting not just the blurred vision and haloing effect common in cataracts, but also nearsightedness and farsightedness. Recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration, the Tecnis multifocal implantable lens is showing incredible results, with as many as 9 out of 10 patients no longer needing corrective lenses after the procedure.

For one patient, Melissa Crow, the new Tecnis lens has proven nothing short of miraculous. Prior to the procedure, she struggled with blurred vision during the day, difficulty reading, and issues with light reflections when driving at night. Dr. Kerry Assil, who recommended the Tecnis lens, performed the procedure in less than an hour, and within a few days, Crow reported marked improvement in the quality of her vision. As she describes it, “I was so excited. When I woke up that next morning, I could see 20/20 and it was amazing because I was used to getting up and just seeing a blur out of that eye. And all of a sudden I was seeing print that I hadn’t seen in ages.”

Read more and watch a brief news report on the new Tecnis multifocal implantable lens.

Some of the many senior care services we provide at Continuum include providing transportation and accompaniment to procedures such as cataract surgery, making sure seniors are settled in back at home afterwards with prescriptions, meals, and whatever else is needed to help them heal and recover comfortably. Complete our simple online contact form or call us at 314-863-9912 in St. Louis or 636-861-3336 in St. Charles to learn more.