Kansas City Patient Benefits from the Most Advanced Technology: Crystalens HD
For years Barb, of Kansas City, loved to read. Recently, Barb began to notice a difference in her vision. It became harder to drive, read clearly and use the computer, even with her glasses. "Everything looked blurry and yellow, like I was looking through a bowl of chicken noodle soup. I actually kept calling the cable company to tell them they must have hooked up my new high-definition TV wrong." Concerned, she saw Dr. Cavanaugh to find out what was causing her vision problems and was diagnosed with cataracts and presbyopia.
"In the early stages of cataracts, stronger lighting and eyeglasses may lessen vision problems caused by the clouding of the lens. As a cataract progresses, sharp images may become blurred, seeing things at night can become more difficult, and the glasses (or contact lenses) that used to help people like Barb to see, or do other simple tasks, may no longer seem to help," said Dr. Cavanaugh. "Once the cataract impacts an individual's quality of life, surgery may be needed to improve vision. This treatment involves removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with an artificial lens."
Facing the prospect of cataract surgery, as well as the bother of constantly losing her glasses, Dr. Cavanaugh told Barb about the different choices she had when selecting an intraocular lens (IOL). An IOL is a lens that is implanted in your eye during cataract surgery to replace the natural lens affected by the cataract. The options are the new accommodating or "focusing" Crystalens HD IOL, a multifocal IOL, an astigmatism correcting IOL, or a monofocal IOL.
"Previously patients who would undergo cataract surgery received monofocal IOLs, which typically require them to use reading glasses or bifocals for near vision following surgery," Dr. Cavanaugh says. "The good news is that IOL technology has taken an enormous leap forward. Now, the objective is not simply to improve patients' distance vision, but rather to enhance their near vision with an IOL that fits their individual needs. With multiple lens options, patients can truly select the lens that best supports their lifestyle."
Dr. Cavanaugh says the most dynamic premium lens is the Crystalens HD IOL, a lens that treats both cataracts and presbyopia - another age-related condition that hampers people's ability to see or read near objects, forcing the need for reading glasses or bifocals.
Barbara is thrilled with her new Crystalens HD IOLs and her ability to watch movies on her new High Definition TV. "Thanks to Dr. Cavanaugh I can leave the house without having to worry about having my glasses all the time," said Barb. "I am now able to see like I did when I was ten! It is a miracle."
Video: Michael Fuhrman - LASIK patient
Michael Fuhrman wore glasses since fourth grade and was unhappy with the inconvenience and the way contact lenses irritated his eyes. He waited years to pursue LASIK surgery because he was apprehensive about it. The staff at Cavanaugh Eye Center made him feel comfortable during surgery, explaining the process all the way through. Mr. Fuhrman finds his lens-free 20/20 vision and correction of his astigmatism through LASIK amazing. He says he waited too long for this surgery, and highly recommends it to friends.
"Dear Dr. Cavanaugh and Staff,
I wanted to tell you all thank you so very much. You have made a miracle come true for me. The long road was worth the wait. Dr. Cavanaugh, you truly are an angel to me and what you have done for my sight. Every time I open my eyes and see perfectly, I am grateful to you. Thank You!"
"It has been over a year now since my Laser Surgery and I just wanted to thank you for what a difference it has made. I came to your office praying that I wouldn't be turned down due to my amount of astigmatism. You prepared me that there may be follow-up surgery. I thank you so much for the excellent job you did. I have seen 20/20 since the day after the surgery. You're an answer to my prayers."
"Words cannot thank you enough for what you have done for us. It's like looking at the world through "new eyes". We would also like to thank you for the courtesy calls the night after surgery. They were comforting and very much appreciated. We are highly recommending anyone that has a thought about LASIK to come see you. Thanks again."
-Eddie & Carlene J.
"Dear Cavanaugh Eye Center Staff,
Please accept this letter as my sincere desire to let you know what a truly exceptional staff you have. I had LASIK Eye Surgery with Dr. Timothy Cavanaugh and in the process I came into contact with 8-10 different staff members at your office. Every single person who helped me was courteous, friendly, warm, compassionate, and very knowledgeable. Perhaps this is influenced by Dr. Cavanaugh as he himself exhibits all of these character qualities. Such treatment in today's world must be commented on. It is indeed rare to find such an office full of truly pleasant professionals .
My sincere thanks,
"Dear Dr. Cavanaugh,
I would like to express my thanks to you for your expert care. Your very warm and personal way makes me feel that you care about me as your patient. I am very fortunate to have you as my doctor."
"Dr. Cavanaugh and Staff,
I just wanted to say thank you. Each of you calmed my nerves, answered all of our questions, and made us feel like we were your only patients. You went above and beyond what was necessary to make sure I was comfortable with my decision to have this done. Each one of you: A BIG THANK YOU!"
-Karen and Chris S.
"Ten years ago, on March 13th, you did cataract surgery on my left eye, which restored my vision. Not only was my vision restored, but after a lifetime in extremely thick glasses, my need for glasses was eliminated. I want to take a moment to thank you for your part in this wonderful blessing that I received that day. A few weeks later my right eye surgery was completed. So far I have been fortunate enough to have great vision without glasses. I can see things better than ever and participate in activities without fear of breaking eyeglasses. I can now wear "real" sunglasses. It has been a wonderful experience that I could not have imagined previously. I will always be thankful for and appreciate your skills, talents, and all of your service and courtesy over the years. God's blessings to you and best wishes always."
- Jim M.
"Just a bit over two weeks ago I could not distinguish my beautiful granddaughters' smiles and expressions. The world is clearer and brighter today and I am truly thankful. I cannot express how much I appreciate your expertise and talents. Than you for all that you and your staff have done for me and my sight."
"I appreciated your phone call the day before my scheduled cataract surgery. Yes, I was nervous and apprehensive but you were great in answering my questions and concerns. Thank you for giving me the freedom to choose the time I had the surgery done. I had called you staff earlier in the day and they were great as well. I cannot tell you how fortunate I am to have chosen you team to be in care of my eyes."
"I want you to know you are appreciated. I was most pleased with professionalism and your patience with me. All turned out well as you knew it would, and I thank you. Also, it was most notable that you must be a very special person, as I watched the interaction between you and your staff. They too are very good. I shall not hesitate to recommend you to my friends seeking eye treatment."
"Dear Dr. Cavanaugh and Colleagues,
During the night, as long as I can remember, I have been unable to determine the time on the face of clock unless I were to put on my glasses. For many years, one of the most important things for me has been my talking clock which I kept within arm's reach of my nightstand. My glasses were so thick that friends would compare them to telescopes and ask about current weather conditions in Moscow.
Several months ago, I detected a haze appearing over one eye and increasing pressure on the other. A colleague recommended that I make an appointment with Dr. Cavanaugh which I did. A complete examination revealed that I had a tear in a retina and the beginnings of a cataract. This experience resonated with that of my father and two siblings who all had similar conditions in their late forties and early fifties.
The treatments I received through Cavanaugh Eye Center have brought me to an experience where I rarely need the assistance of glasses. My reading is sharp and my distance vision is better than 20/20. Throughout the treatments at Cavanaugh, I received the utmost in care and concern. At all times, I was fully briefed on the prognosis, treatment options and recovery experiences. The entire team is professional and engaging.
I am grateful to God for this new gift of sharp vision which I am experiencing as a result of the treatment I received through Drs. Cavanaugh and colleagues. Now I can look across the room, at all times, and clearly see the face of the clock without the assistance of glasses or lenses.
This is a great gift. To keep me grateful for this gift, I've kept the talking clock on my night stand.
Thank you for your care, counsel and genuine concern for me as a patient. I am grateful to you and your entire staff for the way you approached, considered, and acted on my needs as a patient. I am now the recipient of great vision in all circumstances. What a blessing! God's continued blessing upon you and your work."
- Rev. Thomas B. Curran, O.S.F.S.,
President of Rockhurst University.
"I really appreciate you and your staff's caring and empathetic concern with me and the problem I had with my eye. You guys Rock!"
"I just wanted to say thank you for letting me come into your office this past summer and for teaching me about ophthalmology. It is extremely rare these days to find someone who is willing to take time out of their busy schedule and teach someone about their profession. I am grateful for you kindness and gratitude. Someday, I hope to become a doctor who has all the qualities you exemplify day in and day out as a physician. I can't thank you enough."
"Dear Dr. Cavanaugh,
Thank you for letting me visit you and your staff. It was really fun to see what you and your staff does all day. Being an eye surgeon seems like fun. I appreciate you letting me come and shadow you and your staff."
CORNEAL TRANSPLANT TESTIMONIALS
"Elbert and I would like to tell you how very much we appreciate all you have done to help Elbert regain his eyesight. We are grateful for the donors who gave the corneas, your skill, medication and patient care from the nurses and your staff that helped Elbert. We can't thank you enough."
-Elbert and Dorothy P.
"Thank you for your illustrious skill, your gentle demeanor and for answering all of my questions. You have the best qualities of fine doctors I have ever known over the years all wrapped up in one superior surgeon. Its amazing how good I feel one week following corneal transplant surgery. I am most grateful to you and your fine staff and know that I am amongst countless others who are truly fortunate to be patients of Cavanaugh Eye Center."