UnityPoint Health - Finley Hospital specialty surgeons perform a variety of surgeries to help improve the health of the Tri-State area.
Eye Care Experts
"Even though there is a sense of uncertainty and fear of the unknown with any surgery, Dr. Pechous and the Finley staff were able to keep my concern at a low level by explaining every step of the process. It was very reassuring!"
Tim Loeffelholz, Finley eye care patient
A cataract is the clouding of the normally clear, natural crystalline lens of the eye. The lens is composed of water and protein. The protein is arranged in a highly organized pattern that allows light to pass through it with minimal distortion. As a result, the lens appears virtually clear. The lens can become cloudy (see Causes of Cataracts), blocking or scattering some light and preventing it from reaching the retina in sharp focus. This causes blurred vision and glare. Most cataracts progress slowly over a period of years, but their rate of progression is unpredictable. They can affect one eye or both eyes. Read Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about Femtosecond Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery with doctors Juan Nieto and Justin Risma.
Treatment of Cataracts - Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery
At present the only treatment for a cataract is surgical removal. Fortunately, there have been tremendous advances in cataract surgery in the past several years and Finley offers laser assisted cataract surgery. Instead of traditional cataract surgery where the surgeon makes a tiny incision in your eye and uses soundwaves to break up the clouded lens, a laser actually creates incisions and breaks up the clouded lens. The chance of recovering good vision after surgery is now excellent, although complications can occur in one to three percent of patients. There is remarkably very little discomfort after cataract surgery.
The preferred method to restore vision for nearly all of our patients after cataract removal is to implant an intraocular lens implant into the eye at the time of surgery. This clear artificial implant is placed in the eye behind the iris and pupil in the same position as the natural lens, and it stays in the eye permanently.
Implanting an intraocular lens adds little additional risk to the surgery. Recent developments in the intraocular lens industry have now provided us with multifocal lenses that allow patients to see distance as well as near vision without glasses. Patients now have a number of lens options to choose from.
Benefits of Cataract Surgery
In the mid- and late 1990s, numerous medical studies were conducted to help us understand how cataract surgery affects the quality of life of older people. One study, conducted by the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, found that patients who had cataract surgery enjoyed an improvement in their quality of life, reflected in their driving skills, community activities, home activities, and mental health.
Eye Care specialists perform surgeries for conditions including:
- Corneal Transplant
- Oculoplastic (procedure of the eyelids for functional and cosmetic purposes)
Urological Surgeons with UnityPoint Clinic Urology specialize in treating disorders affecting the male and female urinary tract.
Urology specialists perform surgeries for conditions including:
- Prostate Removal
- Bladder scope
- Tumor removal
- Kidney stones
- Surgical oncology
- Robotic Surgery
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Other Specialty Surgeries