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Cataracts


Just behind the color of the eye (the iris), there is a lens inside the eye. This lens is responsible for focusing light in the back of the eye, much the same way as a camera lens focuses light on the film. As we age this lens can become cloudy. We call this a cataract. As this happens, it can cause you to notice glare, halos around lights, difficulty reading, changes in the appearance of color, and extremely blurry vision.

Cataract

Sometimes we can improve the vision problems caused by cataracts by changing the prescription in your glasses or contacts. However once the cloudiness reaches a certain point, cataract surgery may be the only option to improve vision. But do not let this frighten you, or keep you from having clear vision.

Cataract surgery has gone through a tremendous evolution. In the early days of cataract surgery there were large incisions and stitches needed, there were no lens implants, and you were required to stay motionless in the hospital for days with your eye patched and then wear extremely thick glasses the rest of your life. But now the surgery takes place as if it were out of a science fiction novel. Surgeons make a 2.2mm (less than 1/10th of an inch) incision, that requires no stitches. And now this incision, and even parts of the cataract removal can be done with a laser. After the cloudy lens is removed, an artificial implant is implanted. The newest types of implants are custom designed for each specific patient, so that many times after the surgery you only need reading glasses. There are even more advanced implants available that have a “bifocal” effect to reduce the need for glasses at all. In most cases the surgery itself takes only about 15 minutes and is done under local anesthesia on an outpatient basis. Often patients see much more clearly the very next day, and are back to normal activity within a week.

If you have any questions about cataracts or cataract surgery please contact us. We pride ourselves on staying at the leading edge of surgical technology. We can tell you if cataracts are causing your visual problems and can help you decide which type of cataract surgery is best for you.

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