A cataract is when the lens of your eye becomes cloudy causing blurry or dim vision. Cataracts are one of the most common causes of vision loss (especially as we age), but are surgically treatable. Surgery is the only treatment option for cataracts—they are not preventable or treatable with medications.
Cataracts tend to develop slowly starting in your 40’s and 50’s. You may not notice any changes with your vision at first. As the cataracts worsen, you may find they interfere with your day to day activities.
If you are experiencing symptoms of vision loss or changes, make an appointment with an ophthalmologist.
Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery
Laser-assisted cataract surgery removes the cloudy natural lens of your eye and replaces it with an artificial lens, just like with traditional cataract surgery. Traditional cataract surgery involves several small incisions made by using a blade, while laser-assisted cataract surgery incisions are made with the laser, allowing for more precise incisions. Laser-assisted cataract surgery also allows for correction of astigmatism. Learn more.
Advanced Technology Lenses
Advanced technology lenses provide improved range of vision for patients who need cataract surgery, hopefully reducing the need for glasses after surgery. These lenses (called intraocular lens implants or IOLs) provide a broader range of focus after cataract surgery. After the cataract is removed, the IOL implant is permanently placed in the eye.
Toric Lens Implant
If you have a significant level of astigmatism and cataracts, you may be a candidate for a toric lens implant. The toric lens implant is designed to reduce or eliminate your astigmatism, as a part of cataract surgery. Learn more.
Multifocal Lens Implant
Multifocal lenses are premium options that can reduce your dependence on glasses at a range of distances, such as when you are using the computer, reading, dining, cooking and driving. Learn more.