Cataract surgery is a procedure used to remove the natural lens in the eye when it becomes clouded, and replace it with an artificial lens in order to restore clear vision. Cataract surgery is indicated when the cataract impairs vision to the extent that it interferes with normal daily activities. Cataract extraction is one of the most frequently performed surgical procedures in the world.

About Cataract Surgery

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A cataract is a common condition in which the normally clear lens of the eye becomes increasingly cloudy. Compared to vision with a clear lens, your vision with a cataract may look fuzzy, colors might be muted, and you may experience difficulty reading signs while driving at night.

Cataract surgery is a procedure used to remove the natural lens in the eye when it becomes clouded, and replace it with an artificial lens in order to restore clear vision. Cataract surgery is indicated when the cataract impairs vision to the extent that it interferes with normal daily activities. Cataract extraction is one of the most frequently performed surgical procedures in the world.

 

A cataract is a cloudy or opaque area in the normally clear lens of the eye. Depending upon its size and location, it can interfere with normal vision. Most cataracts develop in persons over age 55, but they occasionally occur in infants and young children. Usually cataracts develop in both eyes, but one eye may have somewhat worse vision than the other. There is no way to prevent the development of cataracts and currently the only way to treat them is to surgically remove the natural lens in the eye.

 

Early symptoms of cataracts include blurred vision, glare, and difficulty reading. Cataracts generally progress very slowly, and surgery may not be needed for many years, if at all. In some cases, periodic changes in your eyeglass or contact lens prescription may be all that is needed to continue to provide you with good vision.

 

Waiting to have surgery usually won't harm your eyes. The decision to proceed with surgery is primarily based on the amount of difficulty you have performing your usual daily activities.   When your vision has decreased to the point where you can no longer easily and safely perform daily activities, then it's time to consider cataract surgery.

 

United Eye Centers can assist you in making that decision. Your doctor is most familiar with your current and past eye health and vision history and can answer specific questions you may have about cataract surgery. Following a comprehensive eye examination, he or she can advise you on your current level of visual abilities and the potential benefits and risks of cataract surgery.

How Cataract Surgery is Performed

Cataract surgery involves removing the natural lens of the eye and replacing it with an artificial lens (intraocular lens implant or IOL). The plastic artificial lens is permanent, requires no care, and can significantly improve vision. Newer artificial lens options include those that simulate the natural focusing ability of a young lens, allowing for distance and some near vision, as well.

 

Cataract surgery is typically an outpatient procedure that takes less than an hour. Most patients are awake during the procedure and need only local anesthesia. If you need to have cataracts in both eyes removed, the procedure is typically scheduled for two separate surgeries. This allows time for the first eye to heal before the second eye surgery takes place.

Cataract Surgery

State of the Art Catalys® System

United Eye Centers employs the state of the art CATALYS® Precision Laser System for laser cataract surgery proceedures.

Key Benefits of the CATALYS® Precision Laser System:

Laser Precision

 

Using the CATALYS® Laser, Dr. Conahan can create laser precise incicions, including a circular opening in the lens capsule to access and remove the cataract.

 

This precise incision allows the surgeon to place the new artificial lens exactly where intended.

 

Customization with 3D Imaging

 

Like a fingerprint, every eye has a unique size and shape. Prior to treatment, the CATALYS® Laser images your eye and makes precise 3D maps of relevant structures.

 

This enables your surgeon to create a tailored treatment plan that is uniquely customized for your eye.

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Premium IOLs (Intraocular lenses)

If you desire to see well without glasses or contacts after surgery, your surgeon may recomend a tailored treatment that could include precise CATALYS® Laser incisions in the cornea and a specific lens implant type.

 

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