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What is a cataract?

cataractA cataract is a condition caused by gradual clouding of the crystalline lens, usually caused by age. The eye naturally has a lens which focuses light on the retina. As this lens matures it becomes denser and more opaque. This blocks light from passing through the lens. Common symptoms of cataracts include blurry vision, difficulty seeing at night, difficulty with glare, and difficulty distinguishing colors. As the cataract matures it changes the eye’s need for glasses. Early in cataract formation a change in glasses usually allows good vision. Eventually, the cataract prevents good vision even with a change in glasses. It is time for cataract surgery when you can no longer see well enough to do what you want to do.


What is LenSx – Laser Cataract Surgery?

Cataract removal can now be done using the latest Femto Laser technology.  Bladeless laser-assisted cataract surgery can reduce some of the risks of standard cataract surgery, improving reliability and safety.   To learn more about this, please watch the video below.

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“My Laser Cataract Surgery was completely painless. I am very happy with the ability to see as well as I did when I was twenty-five years old. The staff were very caring and helpful. They answered all of my questions quickly and professionally. I would recommend Vision Associates to anyone thinking about having Laser Surgery for the removal of Cataracts.” ∞Harold

What is cataract surgery?

During cataract surgery, micro-incisions are made and the cataractous lens is removed using ultrasonic energy. An implant is then placed in the eye to replace the natural lens.

What are cataract implants?

Your surgeon will pick an implant best suited for your eye. There are advanced implants that correct for astigmatism and for presbyopia. Talk with your surgeon to see if you are a candidate for these implants.

What is astigmatism?

Astigmatism means that the eye focuses light at two distances instead of one. What this means for you is that vision will be blurry at all distances. Vision can be corrected with glasses or contacts. There are surgical techniques and astigmatism-correcting implants that can be used during cataract surgery to decrease your dependence on glasses. You should talk to your surgeon to see if you are a candidate.

What is presbyopia?

As the lens matures, it loses its ability to focus light on the retina for both distant and near objects. Most patients notice this in their 40s as they need to hold reading material further away to read it. Often, patients start using over-the counter-readers for near tasks. There are advanced implants that can be used during cataract surgery to allow the eye to focus light at multiple distances. You should talk to your surgeon to see if you are a candidate for these advanced implants.

Dr. Abowd, Dr. Burchfield, Dr. Currie, Dr. Harooni, Dr. McCarthy, Dr. Nika and Dr. Striph provide cataract care.

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