I have been with The Harman Eye Clinic for over 22 years. The center has captivated my attention because of the consistent advances in technology and procedures for our patients.
For instance, twenty-two years ago a cataract was removed through an incision on the sclera (the white part of the eye) and the exciting part was that a new silicon lens was implanted to replace the opaque lens. Even this procedure was a far advancement from cataract surgery where patients needed the thickest of glasses to see afterwards because there was no lens replaced. But the incision needed for the implant required stitches, and that left the patient with astigmatism for several weeks while the wound healed and the stitches removed.
Today most cataracts are removed through the tip of the cornea just off the sclera through a tunnel incision that closes upon itself. Usually no stitches are needed and this means that the patient can see clearly much quicker. In 2005, the availability of a lens implant that holds a “glasses prescription” for near, far, and everywhere in between has been available. Medicare has allowed patients to pay out-of-pocket for this multifocal lens upgrade.
It is now not uncommon to see people in their 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and beyond who are able to read a menu in restaurants without any glasses. Surely this was unheard of twenty-two years ago. And, it is these types of advances in eye surgery that keep me jumping out of bed each day to greet the day.
-Barbara Aliaga, Practice Administrator