Baltimore, MD — According to the latest statistics from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), cataracts affect nearly 22 million Americans age 40 and older. However, Dr. Jay C. Grochmal, a LASIK and cataract surgeon in Baltimore, says with the recent advancements in cataract surgery, patients do not have to let blurring vision hinder their daily life. Dr. Grochmal discusses the latest innovations in refractive-cataract surgery and how they can benefit patients looking to improve their vision.
At his Baltimore cataract surgery practice, Dr. Grochmal says the aging baby boomer population has brought an influx of patients needing vision correction for cataracts and other age-related conditions. Cataracts develop as people get older and are exhibited in a clouding and opaqueness of the natural lens inside one’s eye, causing vision to blur. The AAO report also shows that by age 80, more than half of all Americans will have visually significant cataracts. Dr. Grochmal says while cataracts can be a bothersome medical issue, the good news is that advancements in ophthalmology and surgical techniques have made clear vision an affordable and effective option through cataract surgery.
With procedures such as laser refractive cataract surgery on the horizon, Dr. Grochmal says treatment is now ultimately safer than ever before and more successful in helping patients achieve improved vision with less dependence on glasses. He says other innovations have helped create smaller incisions for lens extraction and replacement during cataract surgery, and through technology such as the Zeiss IOL Master, doctors can better measure the power of the intraocular lenses and offer more accurate visual results. “With the safety of cataract surgery improving, patients no longer have to wait for their vision to drastically deteriorate before undergoing cataract surgery. Also, the quality of newer IOL’s are allowing excellent vision after surgery,” says Dr. Grochmal.
Thanks to a diverse arsenal of lenses such as toric and multifocal IOL’s, Dr. Grochmal says patients can now enjoy the benefits of custom treatment for their individual eye condition and lifestyle needs. Whether patients wish to enhance their vision up close or far away or find a balance of clarity in both distance and near vision, he says there is a solution for every patient’s desires. Dr. Grochmal says cataract surgery recovery is now also much quicker and requires less trauma to the function of one’s eye. “With such small incisions now possible and the availability of toric IOL’s, post operative astigmatism can be minimized if not completely corrected,” he says.
Regardless of whether patients are looking for cataract surgery or another vision correction procedure such as LASIK in Baltimore, Dr. Grochmal says the advancements in ophthalmology are making significant strides towards helping people attain perfect, lasting eyesight. He adds that he is excited to see the further development of patient comfort and care and hopes patients continue to take advantage of the benefits that procedures like cataract surgery can offer.
About Jay C. Grochmal, MD
Dr. Jay C. Grochmal received his medical degree from the University of Maryland, after which he completed a rotating internship at the U.S. Public Health Hospital in Baltimore. He also completed a residency in the Department of Ophthalmology at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center, where he was Chief Resident. A member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Dr. Grochmal has participated in several medical mission trips to offer his experience and skills in vision correction to patients in Pakistan, Jamaica, and the Bahamas. He is currently on staff with the Greater Baltimore Medical Center and St. Agnes Hospital. He is the medical director at the Snowden River Surgery Center.
Located at 405 Frederick Rd, Suite 102 in Baltimore, MD, Dr. Grochmal’s practice can be reached at (410) 697-4090. He can also be contacted online via the website grochmaleye.com or facebook.com/grochmaleye.