Cataract Surgery

What is a cataract?

A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens in your eye. Though painless, cataracts can blur your vision by restricting the amount of light that enters your eye. In addition to hazy or cloudy vision, indications of cataracts include unusual glare, poor night vision, and a change in how your eyes perceive colors.

Cataract surgery involves removing the clouded natural lens and implanting a clear replacement lens. The standard replacement lens is focused for one field of vision, typically distance vision—most patients who receive a standard lens require glasses for reading and other close-up activities. Multifocal Lenses offer variable distance viewing with a greater possibility that glasses or contacts will not be needed. The lenses provide clear vision at all distances and offer greater freedom from eyewear than previous IOLs.
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The good news is that you don’t have to live with cataracts.

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How do I know if I have cataracts?

If you answer “Yes” to any of these questions, you may be showing early signs of cataracts, or have a cataract already. Schedule a consultation
  • Is your vision yellowing?
  • Do you see a lot of glare?
  • Are colors changing?
  • Are you having difficulty driving, reading, or recognizing faces?

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the risk factors for Cataracts?
By the age of 80, most Americans will have developed cataracts, which occur when your human lens becomes clouded to such an extent that it affects your vision and quality of life. This condition typically occurs with age, but can also result from trauma, disease, and use of certain medications.
How do I know if I have a cataract?
Typically, we find that a key indicator of cataract development is the introduction of "night halos" or glares in vision. That, coupled with the above signs (difficulty driving and reading or colors appearing less sharp/vivid) may be warning signs of a cataract.

However, the BEST way to know if you have or are developing a cataract is by scheduling a consultation with one of our eye doctors. There, a doctor will run tests to properly assess your vision and whether or not cataract surgery is right for you.
Are cataracts treatable?
Yes! For those who have already developed a formal cataract, typically found in patients ages 60 and above, we recommend modern cataract surgery (see next question).
What is cataract surgery?
Cataract surgery is a simple procedure with an excellent success record. The clouded natural lens is replaced with an artificial lens called an intraocular lens (IOL). It is done on an outpatient basis with a topical anesthetic that will make it a painless procedure. One eye is done at a time, with a short healing period in between.

After making a very small incision outside your field of vision, your eye surgeon will insert a tiny probe and use ultrasound to break up the clouded natural lens. With suction, the pieces are easily removed, and through the same incision, the IOL is inserted and positioned correctly. You may have a protective shield to wear during sleep for about a week, and your eye surgeon will prescribe eye drops to be used several times each day for several weeks. For best results, it is very important that you follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions exactly.
Are there additional causes of cataracts?
Yes. Although aging is the prime culprit in most cataract cases, there are other causes of cataracts, such as:
  • Diabetes
  • Eye injury
  • Prolonged exposure to radiation
  • Uncontrolled steroid use
  • Lifestyle indulgences (e.g. excessive drinking and smoking)