Meet Our May Spotlight Patient: Jana
Wife, mother, and grandmother, Jana has lived a happy life in Atlanta for more than forty years. After her retirement from a career as a legal secretary, she finally had a chance to do all the things she really loved, like gardening, playing tennis, reading, and trying to keep up with her many grandchildren. So when she noticed that her vision was beginning to get dark and cloudy, she was understandably concerned.
“Everything just seemed so dark all the time. I found myself needing more and more light in order to read and I needed to wear my reading glasses all the time,” she explained.
Jana was a long time patient at Georgia Eye Physicians and Surgeons, and both she and her husband had been getting regular eye exams there for years. So when she found her vision getting steadily worse she immediately made an appointment. Ultimately it was determined that Jana had steadily worsening cataracts developing in both eyes.
In the early stages, cataracts may cause nothing more than a small cloudy spot or an overall brownish tinge in the vision. However, over time, the cloudy areas grow larger and more distorted, and the brownish tinge grows darker until it is difficult to read or perform other routine activities. Fortunately, cataracts can be treated by replacing the deteriorating lenses with artificial intraocular lens implants (IOLs) made of plastic, acrylic or silicone. Over the course of the next several months, Dr. Segal fitted Jana with a series of special contact lenses in order to determine the optimal fit and strength for her particular vision problems and so she could decide what type of intraocular lens was best for her.
“I must have come in six or seven times,” said Jana. “It got to the point that every time I walked in the whole staff would greet me by name. But each and every visit Dr. Segal took time to sit down with me one on one just so he could figure out the kind of lenses that would be best for me. I felt like he really cared about me and it made me feel a lot more comfortable about the upcoming surgery.”
Jana eventually decided on the top of the line ReSTOR® multifocal, premium intraocular lens implants, which are designed with apodized diffractive and refractive technology to allow for patients to have an easier time focusing at close, intermediate and far distances.
“I was tired of fussing all the time with reading glasses,” she explained. “I just wanted to see again and not to have to think about it anymore.”
At Georgia Eye Physicians and Surgeons, Dr. William Segal performs cataract surgery with the newest, most advanced technology available, Alcon’s LenSx® laser. This bladeless, computer-controlled laser allows providers to plan and perform cataract surgery to exacting, individualized specifications with incisions up to 10 times more precise than those made during a manual procedure.
“The results were absolutely incredible,” Jana exclaimed. “I can even read tiny print on medicine bottles now without using my reading glasses. The entire staff has been so patient and kind; I simply could not have hoped for a better experience. Now I tell all my friends that they have to go to Dr. Segal. I wouldn’t even consider going anywhere else.”
If you have any questions about laser cataract surgery, or would like to schedule an eye exam, please contact Georgia Eye Physicians and Surgeons today to make an appointment. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more tips for healthy eyes.