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While the main purpose of cataract -surgery is to remove the cloudy lens obscuring one's vision, new technology enables patients undergoing cataract surgery to have many options to improve their vision that may be better than what was available in the past, or to reduce the need for glasses.

Cataract lens replacement: How intraocular lenses (IOL) work Monofocal — If you choose to treat your cataracts but don't need or want to correct other vision problems, such as presbyopia and astigmatism, then a monofocal lens could be a good fit for you. Monofocal lenses are designed to significantly improve visual clarity and quality, though you'll still have to wear glasses or contact lenses.

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Dr. Bonner giving a patient an eye exam.

Multifocal —This type of IOL provides freedom of vision at all distances. Imagine driving with more confidence or golfing without losing sight of the ball. From reading to playing tennis to playing bridge, you can experience clear vision at near intermediate and far distances with the help of multifocal lenses.

When you opt for cataract surgery with multifocal lenses, you're opting for the opportunity for freedom from both cataracts and presbyopia condition that makes it difficult to focus on objects that are close to you as the lenses in your eyes lose flexibility.

Multifocal lenses can help you reduce your dependency on glasses. Toric — Do you have cataracts and astigmatism? Astigmatism is a common condition that usually occurs when the natural surface of your eye is irregularly shaped. If you have astigmatism, chances are you've worn glasses or contact lenses for much of your life.

Today's technology means you can treat both cataracts and astigmatism at once during cataract surgery. During surgery, your surgeon replaces the cataractous lens in your eye with a new lens, known as an IOL. You can choose an IOL that can treat astigmatism as well as cataracts, allowing you to enjoy more activities with reduced dependency on glasses, including playing golf and driving a car.

Laser-assisted cataract surgery Just as you have options when it comes to choosing the lens that you receive during cataract surgery, you also have the option of choosing the technology that's used to perform the procedure. That means you have the choice between surgery performed by hand or with the assistance of laser technology.

Either type of procedure can be effective when performed by a skilled surgeon, but laser-assisted cataract surgery procedures are generally more predictable and precise.

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Laser-assisted cataract surgery technology can automate certain steps during the procedure with laser precision. Customized precision with the LenSx® Laser.If you opt for laser cataract surgery, Dr. J.D. Bonner operates using the LenSx® Laser, which offers a level of accuracy exceeding that of manual surgery methods. The LenSx® Laser first images your eye to plan a procedure that's unique to you. A bladeless, computer-controlled laser then assists in performing your surgery with exacting, individualized precision not attainable with traditional surgical methods.

The professionals at Complete Eye Care are available Monday through Friday to assist you with all your eye care needs. Walk-ins are welcome, should  patients find themselves in emergency situations. The optical shop is open to the public, and you don't need an appointment to stop by and you can bring in your outside prescription for glasses or contact lenses. It has a variety of frames and contact lens options that fit every budget, need and style.

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Complete Eye Care is located at 9453 Dayton Pike in Soddy-Daisy. For more information about its services, the importance of routine eye exams or to schedule an appointment, call 423-332-8222 or visit completeeyecare.org.

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