Over 24 Million
The number of Americans, age 40 and older, currently affected by Cataracts
The percentage of people by the age of 65 who will develop cataracts
The expected number of individuals with Cataracts by 2021
Baltimore’s most trusted cataract center.
Offering the best of both worlds. Laser Cataract Surgery with Advanced Technology Implants.
Cataracts affect millions of aging Americans. In many cases, they can be treated with visual enhancements like eyeglasses or even strong lighting. However, as vision becomes more impaired, surgery is strongly recommended. Fortunately, today’s technology results in extremely high success rates. Our cataract surgery, with the help of the LenSx Laser System, is easy, pain-free, and can restore vision—improving your quality of life.
We use the AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® Trifocal Lens. The PanOptix® Lens is the first trifocal lens available in the U.S. It allows for better near and intermediate vision compared to the standard monofocal lens.
Our Cataract Team
Ismail Shalaby, M.D., P.h.D.
Comprehensive Ophthalmologist and Refractive Cataract Surgeon Clin. Asst Prof., U. of MD.
Treat Cataracts and Glaucoma in the same Procedure
The iStent inject® is implanted during cataract surgery to effectively lower Intraocular Pressure (IOP). IOP is one of the most important risk factors for glaucoma and the iStent inject® may reduce your reliance on glaucoma medication.
What is a cataract?
A cataract is a clouding that emerges in the eye’s crystalline lens or lens capsule. The clouding can range in intensity from minor to major opacity, and block the flow of light into the eye, seriously affecting one’s vision.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Q.What happens after cataract surgery? After cataract surgery, you will require rest. You will need to arrange for a ride to and from our cataract surgery center. Recovery is not difficult but you will need to refrain from any strenuous activity or any bumping or rubbing of the eyes. Patients typically start seeing better within 24 hours of the cataract surgery although patients typically report some light sensitivity.
- Q.What can I expect from my cataract evaluation? Our Baltimore cataract surgery staff will set up your diagnostic visit to determine the severity of your cataract and if surgery is required. If the cataract has clouded to the point where it is difficult to read street signs, you have trouble driving at night or you have difficulty engaging in your favorite activities, it is time to think about having cataract surgery. Your evaluation will be one of the most thorough eye health exams that you have ever had. Your eyes will be measured with the latest imaging technology. Depending on your lifestyle activities, your job, and overall visual needs our cataract team, including the cataract surgeon will advise you on the best options. After your diagnostic cataract evaluation, your surgeon will help you decide which option is best for your needs including state-of-the-art laser-assisted cataract surgery, where a femtosecond laser is used. If you are seeking cataract surgery in the Baltimore area you have come to the right place. We are a leading cataract center serving Baltimore, and surrounding cities.
- Q.How are cataracts treated? To treat cataracts, our typical first step is a non-invasive approach which might include glasses, bifocals, or even exposure to strong lighting conditions. However, more serious cases may require cataract surgery—a pain-free procedure with high success rates. With the use of the LenSx Laser System and the new AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® Trifocal Lens our cataract surgery can get your vision back on track. Understanding the impact of Astigmatism prior to cataract surgery correction Astigmatism is a condition in which the cornea has an irregular shape, causing blurry vision. Eyes with astigmatism generally take on the shape of a football, as opposed to the round shape of the normal eye, like a basketball. Light rays will be bent in different directions making vision distorted. During cataract surgery, we now have the option of correcting astigmatism when implanting an intraocular lens. These lens implants are commonly called toric implants but in the case of the AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® Trifocal Lens, we can actually correct your distance, intermediate, and near vision issues and astigmatism in one single implant.
- Q.What if I have cataracts and glaucoma? If you're suffering from Glaucoma and Cataracts and are preparing for cataract surgery the iStent inject® may be the right fit for you. The iStent inject® can be inserted during cataract surgery to help successfully manage intraocular pressure.
- Q.What is a trifocal lens? A trifocal lens is an intraocular lens (IOL) that provides near, intermediate, and distance vision for clear, complete focus. The PanOptix® Lens is the first and only trifocal lens for cataracts in the United States that delivers enhanced quality and a complete range of vision.
- Q.What Causes Cataracts? The lens of your eye is made up of mostly water and protein. The proteins arrange themselves automatically to help your eye focus on things—similar to a camera lens. Overtime, these proteins can clump together leading to cloudiness. Sometimes this can be brought on by smoking, diabetes, or other illnesses. But in many cases, it is simply a result of wear and tear over time.
- Q.I think I have cataracts but don’t know for sure. What can I do to find out? If you suspect you may have cataracts, you are probably right. Cataracts appear as a soft cloudiness in your vision. The best thing to do would be to see your optometrist for a thorough exam.
- Q.If I have cataracts, am I going to lose my vision? As long as your eyes don't go left untreated, you should be able to prevent loss of vision. Regular eye exams will lead to early detection, resulting in a number of treatment options based on how far the cataracts have progressed.
- Q.What are my treatment options? Depending on the level of severity, you may be prescribed specialty eyeglasses. We may also suggest brighter lighting in your home or office. However, for more severe cases, surgery may be an option. We will surgically remove the affected lens and replace it with an artificial one. The procedure is extremely effective and pain-free. Our physicians will discuss potential options with you based on your exam results.
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