Cataract Surgery

Are you looking to improve your vision? Premium cataract surgery available in Saskatoon, SK could be right for you.

A cataract is a clouding of the eye's naturally clear lens. The lens focuses light rays on the retina (the layer of light-sensing cells lining the back of the eye) to produce a sharp image of what we see. When the lens becomes cloudy, light rays cannot pass through it easily and vision is blurred. The amount and pattern of cloudiness within the lens can vary. If the cloudiness is not near the center of the lens, you may not be aware that a cataract is present.

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People at risk for developing cataracts are over 55 years old, have had eye injuries or disease, have a family history of cataracts, smoke cigarettes or use certain medications. There is no pain associated with the condition, but there are several symptoms that indicate failing vision due to cataracts. These include blurred vision, sensitivity of glare, feeling a"film" over the eye, and temporary improvement in near vision.


Dr. Conlon performs cataract surgery using a technique called phacoemulsification. The procedure is often referred to as "small incision", "no needle", " no stitch", cataract surgery. The eye is numbed at the beginning of the procedure with a gel that contains freezing, and then a small incision is made, to make room for insertion of the ultrasound probe into the eye. The ultrasound probe breaks up the cataract into small pieces and it is removed from the eye.

Dr. Conlon uses a specialized type of cataract extraction technique called "phacoflip" and has been actively involved in developing and teaching this technique since 1996.

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Premium Cataract Surgery

Custom cataract surgery refers to the concept of tailoring the choice of intraocular lens implant at the time of cataract surgery to your own unique visual needs. Indeed, technology has allowed cataract patients to be the newest group to benefit from a refractive procedure.

In the past patients undergoing cataract surgery did not have a significant choice about the intraocular lens used to replace their cataract, and lenses of one focal length (mono-focal) were most commonly used. Mono-focal implants allowed patients to see clearly in the distance, but vision was blurry at near and glasses were required for close vision.

Advances in technology pertaining to intraocular lens design have led to the development of multi-focal implants (presbyopia-correcting IOL), which allow individuals to see at both near and distance. In addition, toric implants (astigmatism-correcting IOL) have also been developed. Both types of these intraocular lenses have recently become available to residents of Saskatchewan.

Thus, custom cataract surgery is similar to standard cataract surgery, plus custom cataract surgery addresses your needs for glasses. First you near vision is corrected by use of a multifocal implant (presbyopia-correcting IOL) and secondly, custom cataract surgery corrects astigmatism to improve your distance vision. Please feel free to discuss this option with Dr. Conlon or one of his staff, to see if you are a candidate for this exciting new technology.

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