Dr. Murrell specializes in cataract surgery. Performing thousands of cataract surgeries during his career, he receives rave reviews from patients and is proud to help clear their cloudy vision. Each cataract procedure is preceded by one or more consultations during which Dr. Murrell and the patient forge a shared plan for the results they want to achieve.
Having invested in the latest cataract surgery equipment and technology, Dr. Murrell can detect eye diseases that cannot be detected on a standard exam alone. If identified in advance, many of these diseases can be treated, improving the quality of the patient’s post-operation vision. Although other diseases cannot be treated, detecting them in advance allows Dr. Murrell to provide the patient a more realistic expectation of their post-operative vision. Using this technology allows for a happier, healthier, and more educated patient.
What is a cataract and cataract surgery?
A cataract is a condition that occurs when a patient’s natural eye lens clouds over and blurs their vision. Cataract surgery is the removal of the natural eye lens followed by the insertion of an artificial IntraOcular Lens (IOL).
What Products Does Dr. Murrell Use in Cataract Surgery?
Dr. Murrell has chosen the Alcon Company for the IOLs for his cataract patients. This is one of the largest and most respected eye product companies in the world and is located in Fort Worth, TX. Alcon has three types of lenses:
- Standard Lens
- Toric Lens
- ReStor Lens
The Standard IOL
This is by far the most common IOL implanted (approximately 84% of the time). It is a spherical lens which will correct for one focal point (usually for distance) and will not correct the eye for astigmatism (warpage of the cornea). After surgery with this IOL, the patient always needs prescription glasses (usually for astigmatism and for reading). Most insurers cover this IOL. Dr. Murrell’s office can help with the insurance pre-certification and costs upon verification of benefits.
The Toric IOL
This is the second most common IOL implanted (approximately 15% of the time). It will correct both spherical error and astigmatism. The patient will usually select this lens with a focal point at distance. This allows the patient to see well at distance without prescription glasses. However, the patient may still need a weak pair of glasses for distance to see perfectly and will definitely require reading glasses. There is an extra cost associated with this IOL that most insurers do not cover.
The ReStor IOL
This is the least common IOL implanted (approximately 1% of the time). It will correct the spherical error and will be multifocal (focus at distance, intermediate, and near). Although, it will not correct astigmatism. For this IOL to work, the eye must have no astigmatism and no diseases. The patient also needs to be very tolerant. As a result, this lens will give a patient good vision at distance, intermediate, and near. However, perfect vision at all three focal points is not likely. Glasses are usually not necessary with this lens. There is an extra cost of this IOL that most insurers do not cover.
The technology for IOLs keeps improving. The Tecnis company, which makes IOLs, has introduced a new IOL called Symfony®. It will focus light at distance, intermediate, and near. It will also allow for more contrast sensitivity than any other IOL. Finally, it can also treat Astigmatism. The Symfony® IOL is a premium IOL not covered by your insurance plan.
Dr. Murrell’s standard cataract operation is a no stitch, small incision, Phacoemulsification, foldable IOL implantation. He injects anesthetic into the eye at the start of surgery and an antibiotic into the eye at the end of surgery. This procedure lasts 10-15 minutes.
There are five choices of anesthesia:
- Topical 1: numbing eye drops
- Topical 2: numbing eye drops + IV sedation
- Block 1: a pre-operative shot of anesthesia medication to numb your eye
- Block 2: a pre-operative shot of anesthesia medication to numb your eye + IV sedation
- General anesthesia (in extremely rare, special cases)
While meeting with our surgical coordinator, you will go over your choice of IOL and anesthesia, discuss your insurance and the cost of surgery, and schedule a surgery date. Dr. Murrell performs cataract surgeries on Monday afternoons.
The Surgery Center
The cataract surgery takes place at the Amarillo Cataract and Eye Surgery Center. This is Amarillo’s first and only outpatient surgery center dedicated exclusively to eye and eyelid surgery. The surgery center has an outstanding reputation and a well trained and certified staff. Dr. Murrell has been a proud owner and co-founder of the Surgery Center since its initial year of inception in 1991. It has grown into one of the busiest outpatient cataract surgery centers in the United States, currently ranking #3 in the nation for the number of cataract procedures performed per year.
Cataract Surgery Recovery
You will have three post-op visits. During your first visit, our certified technicians will check your vision, incision, IOL, eye pressure, and make sure your eye is comfortable. At your two week visit, we will dilate your eyes (enlarge your pupils with eye drops) in order to check your retina (the back of your eye). Finally, we will see you four weeks after surgery if you don’t have an optometrist to continue your care. We will also check your glasses at this post-op appointment.
Schedule a Consultation
To schedule a Cataract consultation appointment with Dr. Murrell, call:
“You deserve the best, and so do your eyes.” – Dr. Murrell