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Cataract Surgery and Refractive Lens Exchange

Advanced Cataract Surgery

Dr. Furlong has been providing Cataract Surgery since 1994. Since 2013, he has been offering his Cataract patients the option to choose Advanced Lifestyle Lenses and Laser Cataract Surgery.

Laser Cataract Surgery is an exciting advancement that automates certain steps and offers unmatched precision, control and safety. This innovative laser technology allows the surgeon to create completely customizable microsurgical incisions with precision and reproducibility that is not possible with conventional techniques.

The advantages are especially evident when it comes to high-tech, premium implants such as presbyopia-correcting multifocal intraocular lenses (IOLs) and accommodating IOLs. These advantages can include better lens placement and therefore, more accurate visual outcomes.


Laser Cataract Surgery

The femtosecond laser first maps your eye to create a customized surgical plan with a sophisticated, three-dimensional image. This image offers high-resolution and even cross-sectional images to make the Cataract Surgery as precise as possible. This is important not only for accuracy but also for increasing the likelihood that the incision will be self-sealing at the end of the procedure, reducing the risk of infection.

This specialized surgery can treat patients with cataracts and astigmatism.


Advanced Lifestyle Lenses

Advanced Lifestyle Lenses are an exciting, revolutionary option for anyone needing Cataract Surgery. Cataract Surgery removes the eye’s natural lens and replaces it with an artificial lens implant. Unlike monofocal lenses, which only focus at a single distance, Advanced Lifestyle Lenses improve vision at all distances and 80 percent of patients choosing Advanced Lifestyle Lenses won’t need to wear glasses at all after surgery.* It’s a great choice that lasts a lifetime! This procedure can also treat astigmatism.

Cataract Surgery is a medical procedure covered by your insurance and Medicare. Choosing Laser Cataract Surgery or Advanced Lifestyle Lenses is an elective upgrade to your Cataract Surgery. Medicare or your insurance will pay for the Cataract Surgery and you will be responsible for the cost of the upgrade.


Cataracts

Lens of eyeImpaired vision with cataractNormal vision after Cataract SurgeryA cataract is formed when the natural lens of the eye hardens and becomes cloudy, resulting in a loss of visual function. Cataracts are a normal part of aging and about 50 percent of all Americans over 65 have cataracts, as do 70 percent of those aged 75 and over. Cataracts can affect all ages, however, they may also result from injury, heredity or certain medications.

A cataract is painless and usually develops gradually over several months or years. The beginning of a cataract in one or both eyes may cause decreased night vision, impaired depth perception and increased color distortion. There is no single, objective test for cataracts. A doctor analyzes patient symptoms, performs a regular eye exam and may test for glare disability and contrast sensitivity to make a diagnosis.

If you have a cataract, it doesn’t necessarily need to be removed immediately. A stronger eyeglass prescription may help improve vision or be treatment enough. Cataract Surgery can almost always be postponed until you are unhappy with the way you see. If you do have surgery, it is performed under local anesthesia on an outpatient basis. The clouded lens is fragmented using a high-frequency ultrasound probe and then removed. An artificial lens is then implanted to take the place of the lens that was removed and the whole procedure takes about 20 minutes. Since the incision is self-sealing, the surgery is usually completed without stitches. It takes a few weeks for the eye to heal completely, but the patient is able to return to normal activity soon after surgery.


Monofocal Lens

Traditionally, lenses used in Cataract Surgery have been monofocal, allowing the user to see well at a single distance. Patients with monofocal lenses usually choose to have their natural lenses replaced with lenses that allow them great distance vision. These patients will wear reading glasses for up close and intermediate tasks. Advanced Lifestyle Lenses have now been available for almost 10 years and can be used in lieu of monofocal lenses. They offer better results by improving vision at all distances and eliminating the need for glasses for over 80 percent of daily activities *.

Cataract Surgery has an overall success rate of 98 percent. It provides improved quality of life for millions of Americans each year by increasing independence through improved vision.

Special thanks goes to the National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health for the photos simulating the impact of this eye disease.


Choosing Advanced Lifestyle Lenses Before Developing Cataracts

Some patients choose Advanced Lifestyle Lenses before they develop cataracts. This allows them to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses now and also eliminates the need for Cataract Surgery at a later date. It is usually recommended as an alternative to LASIK for people over the age of 50 who are nearsighted or farsighted. Patients who have never worn glasses and now use reading glasses are also good candidates for this procedure. This surgery is known by several different names including Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE), Intraocular Lens (IOL) Surgery, Clear Lens Extraction, Refractive Lensectomy and Presbyopic Lens Exchange.

* An independent Cataract Surgery with Advanced Lenses study found 80% of patients who received the AcroSof ReSTOR intraocular lens never had to wear glasses.

Leah F.
San Francisco, CA

9/29/2017
Yelp

Gotta pay my overdue Yelp gratitude here. Furlong has an all-star staff. Carol specifically is a wonderful human being and professional. They're prepared for every possible scenario. My story varies slightly from others in that I did experience bad halos/glares for roughly 2 weeks following surgery (which is...

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Matt C.
Fullerton, CA

7/29/2017
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Dr. Furlong was a recommendation from my optometrist. My first visit was fast and easy. My optometrist had already done my dilation so they just needed to take measurements and double check that I was a candidate. Everyone was very professional and friendly. I was nervous about everything but my patient counselor...

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Shilpi R.
Sunnyvale, CA

10/11/2017
Yelp

I recently had LASIK done with Dr. Furlong and it was an amazing experience. I wanted to have LASIK so that I could wake up first thing in the morning and not worry about contacts or glasses! As an optometrist myself I knew the ins and outs a little bit more but everything was on point! Their waiting room is always...

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Gabriel N.
Union City, CA

4/19/2017
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This has easily been one of the best decisions I have made in my life. After having glasses for most of my life, it's crazy to think I can now wake up and see clearly. I was referred here by my optometrist, Dr. Toy, in early 2016. I came for the free consultation where Dr. Furlong and his staff determined that I...

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Randy M.
San Jose, CA

6/15/2016
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Five stars.  Why?  I was suffering from rapidly progressing cataracts at the relatively young age of 37.  I was forced to take time off of work until the first surgery was complete.  My left eye had deteriorated from 20/300 in January to "hand motion (I could see light differences and movement only)" the day...

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Himi A.
Fremont, CA

9/30/2017
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My lasik surgery experience at the center was fabulous! The staff is very friendly, customer service is great! Interaction with Dr. Furlong was directly in the surgery room. Everything was very smooth and the location is super hygienic and has the top technology.

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Betty M.
San Francisco, CA

3/30/2017
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Just got my lasik surgery done last week by Dr. Furlong, and so far so good! I got referred to Dr. Furlong from my optometrist. A little pricier than competitors, but it's YOUR EYES, not the situation to be looking for a discount. They take a lot of time to make sure that you're comfortable and informed, and the...

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Jennifer H.
Fremont, CA

2/11/2017
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One of the best decisions I've made in my life! It took me about 2 years before I actually made a decision and not to sound super corny or anything... I should've done it sooner! It's definitely easier saying that knowing my LASIK surgery went well so I completely understand anyone's fear or hesitation with...

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A S.
Sunnyvale, CA

8/17/2017
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My mom had cataract surgery with with Furlong Vision this past month. It was a smooth experience.  She had one eye done first, followed by the second eye a few weeks later.  She saw Dr. Furlong for consultation in June.  He gave her a detailed exam and performed various scans.  She decided to go with femto laser...

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Leigh B.
Half Moon Bay, CA

8/8/2017
Yelp

Dr.Furlong did PRK for my insanely farsighted eyes in September 2016. I am now seeing 20/20!!! I couldn't be happier with the results. I also appreciated that he was honest when he didn't recommend PRK for my thin corneas... better safe than sorry! Thanks again, best money I could have spent on myself.

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Mike B.
Santa Cruz, CA

4/12/2017
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I rarely write reviews on Yelp, but for something as important as LASIK, I did a lot of research & visited several places in Silicon Valley. I recommend you do too! You get what you pay for...don't budget on your eyes! You want the best technology & an experienced & personable  Doctor. Dr. Furlong is...

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Yee L.
Palo Alto, CA

4/22/2017
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Super thorough and professional.  The staff accurately explained exactly what to expect and answered all my questions in an even-handed way with lots of detail about risks and benefits.

Theres no guarantee of results, but turns out my vision was corrected to better than 20/20 and I'm very happy with the results.

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