Contemporary Cataract Care: Clinician, Counselor and Caregiver

Advanced technology intraocular lenses (IOLs), femtosecond laser technology


Advanced technology intraocular lenses (IOLs), femtosecond laser technology, and new pharmaceutical advancements are changing the landscape of cataract surgery. Practitioners need to be up-to-date and know how the current technology works. They also need to know how to present it, how to prepare the patient, and how to provide postoperative care (when applicable). In the following pages, you will receive a thorough look inside contemporary cataract surgery care and detailed advice and instruction on how best to help your patients navigate the process. Here's what you'll find:

  1. Advances in IOL Technology and Cataract Surgery. Walter Whitley, OD, discusses lens options, astigmatism, the premium lens difference and the use of lasers.
  2. Cataract Counseling: Be an Expert. David I. Geffen, OD, explains how to effectively communicate with patients. He also discusses helpful chairside tools, setting expectations and broaching cost.
  3. Contemporary Postoperative Cataract Care. Marc Bloomenstein, OD, talks about how cataract surgery has evolved and how to make sure everything runs smoothly postoperatively by stressing the importance of eradicating postoperative infl ammation as quickly as possible, offering detailed advice on postop evaluations and managing complications.
  4. Your Role in Cataract Care. Kenneth Lebow, OD, discusses how to give patients the help they need. Specifi cally, he talks about how to get properly trained to work with technologies, how to advocate for the patient, and how to help guide the patient to select the appropriate treatments.

Cataract surgery is changing every day, and optometry is changing along with it. We hope this supplement helps guide you on a path toward strong patient connections and excellent delivery of care.