I Can See Clearly Now

Laser correction procedure eliminates glasses, prevents cataracts.

The roots of Cornelia Logan’s fascination with China can be found in Pearl S. Buck’s portrayal of Chinese village life in the novel The Good Earth.

Cornelia Logan was fed up with wearing glasses. So much so that she decided to have a procedure called clear lensectomy done. That procedure has left her glasses free and with the best vision she’s ever had.

Cornelia Logan

“I read her books as a young girl, and ever since, China has sort of been my place,” Cornelia says. “I’m fortunate enough to have traveled there several times.”

Travel being Cornelia’s favorite hobby, China is one of dozens of countries she’s visited. For years, whether she was at home or abroad, she was plagued by an annoying problem.

“I had a bad habit of losing my glasses,” the 70-year-old paralegal says in frustration. “Losing my glasses was a real problem because I had different glasses with different strengths.

“I had regular glasses and reading glasses, and I had a tendency to leave them everywhere and forget where I left them. They were a needed nuisance. One day, I was talking to my eye doctor about it, and he suggested I talk to Dr. Weinstock.”

Dr. Weinstock is Robert J. Weinstock, MD, the director of cataract and refractive surgery at The Eye Institute of West Florida. When Cornelia first went to see Dr. Weinstock, her distance vision measured 20/70 and her reading vision measured 20/400.

“As a paralegal, she was doing work at all different ranges of vision, and because she was never comfortable with contact lenses, she had these different strengths of glasses. It had become a problem for her,” Dr. Weinstock says.

A Common Problem

The problem Cornelia had is not unique. Most everyone’s vision changes naturally as they age. In particular, near or reading vision deteriorates to a point where reading glasses become necessary for anything done in the near vision field.

When that change occurs in conjunction with changes in distance or intermediate vision, people may need different strengths of eyeglasses such as Cornelia did or a combination of contact lenses and reading glasses to see clearly at all distances.

“Even with people who had a laser vision correction procedure done when they were in their twenties or thirties, by the time they reach their forties, the natural lenses in their eyes start to change,” Dr. Weinstock informs.

“That happens to everybody, and eventually, around the age of sixty-five or so, that lens starts to get cloudy. That’s a cataract, and when cataracts develop, our vision gets blurry, colors fade and we eventually need to take that natural lens out and replace it.

“Well, what we have for people such as Cornelia, who did not have a cataract but did have a desire to get out of her glasses, is a procedure called clear lensectomy in which we remove the natural, dysfunctional lens and replace it with a new, clear lens.”

A “Joyful” Outcome

The clear lensectomy procedure is similar to cataract surgery. A laser is used to remove the old lens and repair any astigmatism. A special machine is used to determine the strength of the replacement lenses while the surgery is being performed.

“This is a great solution for anyone between the ages of forty and eighty who doesn’t have cataracts and still sees well with their glasses or contacts,” Dr. Weinstock advises. “It’s like LASIK® surgery for anyone over forty.

“And one of the best things is, it prevents cataracts from developing because the new lens will stay clear for the rest of your life. So, by getting this done, you can avoid all the problems that come with the development of cataracts.”

Greatly intrigued by the advantages associated with the clear lensectomy procedure, Cornelia chose to have it done. Her surgeries were performed one eye at a time, a couple of weeks apart. She noticed a difference in her vision immediately after the first surgery.

“The first day after I had the first surgery, it was like a miracle had happened,” she says. “I got up and went outside, and I couldn’t believe it. All of a sudden, everything was crisp and clear. Even colors seemed brighter. And this was without any glasses.

“It was absolutely joyful, and then I went back and got the other eye done, and it was like I had the same experience all over again. It’s been wonderful ever since. I see better than ever, no matter what I’m doing, and I’m doing it all without glasses. It’s great.

“And my experience with Dr. Weinstock was great, too. I’m so glad I went to see him and that he suggested this clear lens option. I tell all my friends about it because it’s made my life so much easier and I see better than ever.”

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