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Cataracts: Basics You Need To Know

Cataracts: No-stitch cataract surgery and refractive lens implants.

  • Cataract surgery to correct astigmatism.

  • Clear your vision with no hospital stay.

  • Your intraocular lens implant (IOL) can correct near or far sightedness, and, in some cases, presbyopia, or the need for reading glasses.

  • One step, mini-incision, no stitch surgery performed.

What is a cataract?

When the natural crystalline lens of the eye becomes cloudy, it is called a cataract. This prevents light and images from getting into the eye properly. Cataracts are a natural part of aging and the leading cause of visual loss in adults 55 and over.

What are the symptoms of a cataract?

There a variety of symptoms associated with a cataract. Some of the more common ones are:

  • a decrease in vision, even when wearing prescription glasses;

  • seeing glare or haloes around lights;

  • increased sensitivity to light;

  • increased difficulty with vision in dim lighting.

Pain is not typically associated with a cataract.

What is the treatment for a cataract?

The best treatment for a cataract is surgery. Cataract surgery is a straightforward procedure that takes about 20 minutes, and patients are back home the same day.

How is a cataract removed?

A cataract is removed through a micro-incision in the eye with a small ultrasonic probe about the size of a pen tip.

One of the most exciting advances in cataract surgery today is the use of lasers to perform parts of the cataract operation. This promises to improve the safety and results of the operation.

Lasers allow us to surgically treat the cataract and any residual astigmatism with great precision.

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