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Cataract Surgery Wakefield MA What is Cataract Surgery?

Cataract surgery is now a relatively brief (20 minutes or less) operation, which can be performed as an outpatient procedure. Drs. Evans, McNulty, and Barsam perform cataract surgery at North Suburban Eye Associates.

Dr. Evans has been performing this procedure by phacoemulsification since 1989. He has been performing cataract surgery using a tiny incision requiring no stitches and topical “eye drop” anesthesia that does not require injections or needles since 1994. In each of the past two years, Dr. Evans has performed more than 1000 cataract procedures in our offices in Wakefield, MA, Beverly, MA, and Winchester, MA.

What Causes Cataracts?

Cataracts are actually considered an inevitable part of aging and are widespread among people ages 55 years and older. In fact, half of all Americans have them—or have had cataract surgery—by age 80. In other words, if you live long enough, you will likely develop cataracts. North Suburban Eye Associates is proud to treat patients with cataracts throughout Greater Boston at our offices in Wakefield, Beverly and Winchester, MA.

Cataract Treatment

The only way to cure cataracts is through cataract surgery. Modern day cataract surgery makes use of a vast array of high-tech equipment and surgical techniques. We have past the days when cataract surgery required a two-week stay in the hospital. Today’s cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure that takes a half-hour or less and lets you get back to your normal activity level within a few days. Our patients are truly amazed by the healing time and often resume activities much sooner than expected.

There are various options for lens implants used after cataract removal so we encourage you to read about your options. If you have any questions regarding our experienced Boston area cataract surgeons or the advanced technology we employ please schedule a consultation and we are happy to explain the entire surgical process from start to finish.

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Lens Implant Procedure

As part of your cataract surgery in the Greater Boston area, Dr. Evans will typically implant a permanent clear plastic lens to correct your vision. Lens implants are small artificial lenses that are placed in the eye, after the cataract has been removed, to minimize dependence on spectacles. Today, Dr. Evans is able to offer you the opportunity to have a lens implant that will correct your distance vision as well as your near vision so that you will be able to minimize your need for glasses in order to see at all distances following your cataract surgery. These lens implants are called near vision correcting lens implants or presbyopia-correcting lens implants. As part of your cataract evaluation, Dr. Evans and the staff will be sure to discuss the possibility of having a near vision presbyopia correcting lens implant as part of your cataract surgery.Eye Diseases Wakefield MA

In the event that you have a considerable amount of astigmatism, it is also possible to correct that astigmatism using a type of lens implant called a toric lens implant. A toric lens implant, or astigmatism correcting lens implant, can help you see clearly at distance without the need for glasses after cataract surgery, but does not correct presbyopia or near vision. For those patients who would like to have the best possible distance vision especially for night vision and low-contrast environments such as at dusk or in rainy conditions, it is possible for Dr. Evans to use an aspheric lens implant which works by eliminating spherical aberration.

Following the removal of cataracts during surgery, the implant is placed in a structure called the capsule. After surgery, this capsule remains clear for some time. This capsule often (20% of patients) becomes cloudy following surgery, which can affect the vision. Should this occur, a YAG laser will be used to do a capsulotomy (make a small opening in the capsule) which will restore the vision.

Dr. Evans and the staff will take the time necessary to answer your questions and make specific recommendations about the different types of lens implants during your cataract evaluation at any of our office locations in the Greater Boston Area.

Acrysof® ReSTOR

Acrysof® ReSTORWhether you suffer from cataracts or just want the freedom of not wearing prescription glasses or contacts, the Acrysof® ReSTOR lens implant may be right for you. The Acrysof® ReSTOR lens provides:

  • Excellent distance vision without prescription glasses.
  • Excellent reading vision without reading glasses in a well-lit environment.
  • The ability for many patients to work at their computer without reading glasses.


Crystalens®The Crystalens® uses a unique technology that has undergone many significant changes in the past few years. TheCrystalens® provides:

  • Excellent distance vision without prescription glasses.
  • Excellent intermediate (computer) range vision.
  • The ability for many patients to read without reading glasses.

Tecnis® Multifocal

Tecnis MultifocalThe Tecnis® Multifocal lens implant offers a new design that can significantly reduce your dependence on spectacles. The Tecnis® Multifocal provides:

  • Excellent distance vision without prescription glasses.
  • Excellent reading vision without reading glasses in a dimly lit environment.
  • The ability for some patients to work at their computer without reading glasses.

Alcon Toric Lens

Alcon Toric LensMany patients have something called astigmatism in their prescription glasses. If there is enough astigmatism, you may be a candidate for the revolutionary Alcon Toric lens. The lens comes in a wide variety of powers to effectively eliminate astigmatism. The Alcon Toric lens provides:

  • Excellent distance vision without the need for prescription glasses.

Schedule a Consultation

If you suffer from cataracts and are seeking treatment, contact North Suburban Eye Associates, P.C. Call us at 781-245-5200 to schedule a consultation. Our practice serves Wakefield, Winchester, and the surrounding Boston area.

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