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Dr. Yavitz introduced folding IOLs and the YAG laser to Rockford over 20 years ago and has successfully placed 25,000 of them, including the first multifocal IOL (Array).

The lens of the eye is clear when we are young, but as we age it begins to cloud and the result is a cataract. In addition to aging, some prescribed medications, ultraviolet sunlight exposure, and diseases may begin or accelerate their development.

The treatment and removal of cataracts today by a skilled ophthalmic surgeon is a safe and proven surgery that restores a clear visual image to the patient. After the removal of the cloudy lens a plastic lens called an implant, specifically designed and selected for the patient, is inserted into the eye. If your goal is to go without glasses after cataracts surgery, Yavitz Eye Center is your most economical choice. Other clinics charge over $5000 for premium multi-focal implants; at Yavitz Eye Center you go without glasses for a fraction of what others charge. Published reports advise against using premium implants in both eyes after cataract surgery to avoid waxy vision. See the advanced TECNIS® MULTIFOCAL LENS below. 

Dr. Yavitz uses a no-shot surgery technique (only topical anesthetic eye drops) to numb the eye, and after this surgery most patients leave without an eye patch. Because of this advance, most patients are able to resume many of their daily activities.

Yavitz Eye Center has been named a Center of Excellence by Allergan Corporation for our cataract surgery. Additionally, Dr. Yavitz has been recognized by the American College of Eye Surgeons for his skill in cataract surgery and has performed tens of thousands of successful cataract surgeries over his 30 year practice.


The advanced TECNIS® Multifocal is an implantable lens that significantly improves vision after cataract surgery and corrects presbyopia. Designed to help you regain younger vision and be free of glasses, the TECNIS® Multifocal Lens can provide you with high-quality vision at all distances and in all lighting conditions — even in dim light.

If you enjoy activities such as reading, boating, quilting, playing golf, sightseeing, or surfing the Internet, the TECNIS® Multifocal Lens allows you to lead an active lifestyle.

Only with the TECNIS® Multifocal IOL

  • High-quality vision even in low-light environments, such as reading a menu in a dim restaurant or driving at night
  • Excellent vision for all distances—near, far, and everything in between
  • Nearly 9 out of 10 patients never have to wear glasses
  • Over 94% of patients would choose the TECNIS® Multifocal Lens again, according to a recent clinical study


iStent works like the stents used in surgery to prevent heart attacks and strokes. When blood vessels get clogged, a stent creates access to the vessel flow. If you have glaucoma, over time the eye's natural drainage system becomes cloggediStent creates a permanent opening through the blockage to improve the eye's natural outflow. Restoring this mechanism lowers and controls pressure within the eye. In a U.S. clinical study, 68% of glaucoma patients who received iStent remained medication-free at 12 months while sustaining a target IOP of = 21 mm Hg
iStent: managing glaucoma while treating your cataracts.

iStent is implanted during your cataract surgery procedure. Once implanted, iStent will begin working to safely and effectively manage pressure.

Laser (Bladeless) Cataract Surgery

Yavitz Eye Center is first in the Rockford area to offer patients the new standard in precision cataract surgery with the CATALYS Precision Laser System. Using CATALYS, Edward Yavitz MD can provide a gentle, highly customized cataract procedure with precision not achievable with traditional manual techniques.

What is CATALYS?

Developed by Silicon Valley-based OptiMedica Corp., CATALYS is a new FDA market cleared medical device that features a state-of-theart laser, advanced 3D imaging, and many other innovative features that can bring numerous benefits to our patients.

How does it work and what are the steps?

Every eye has a unique size and shape. CATALYS’ advanced 3D imaging technology builds a 3D map of each eye and tailors the treatment to that map. This enables Dr. Yavitz to create a customized treatment plan that matches the uniqueness of each eye.

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Next, Dr. Yavitz uses the laser to create a circular opening for accessing and removing the cataract. Clinical studies have shown that this opening is approximately 10 times more accurate when performed with CATALYS than what is achievable by hand.1,2 CATALYS then softens and breaks up the hard cataract into tiny pieces, allowing for gentler, easier cataract removal requiring less ultrasonic energy.3

Depending on the patient’s pre-operative vision and desired visual result, Dr. Yavitz may recommend a tailored treatment plan that could include creating ultra-precise laser incisions in the cornea to treat astigmatism and a specific lens replacement, such as a multi-focal lens implant to reduce a patient’s need for glasses after surgery.


What are the benefits of CATALYS Laser Cataract Surgery?

  • A highly customized procedure using advanced 3D imaging
  • A more precise treatment than possible with manual techniques
  • A gentler and easier cataract removal
  • A more rapid visual recovery due to reduced inflammation4
  • A more perfectly centered implant for the best visual outcome


1 Friedman, NJ, et al., “Femtosecond Laser Capsulotomy,” Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, 2011 July; 37(7): 1189-1198
2 Palanker, D., et al., “Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery with Integrated Optical Coherence Tomography,” Science Translational Medicine, Vol 2 Issue 58: 1-9 (2010)
3 Burkhard HD., “The synergy of MICS and femtosecond lasers: The future of small incision cataract surgery” Ophthalmology Times Europe, 2012 April; Vol 8 Issue 3
4 Burkhard HD., “Femtosecond cataract surgery outcomes: an advance or not?” Proceedings from the XXX Congress of the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery in Milan, Italy. September 2012 the new standard in precision cataract surgery

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