Cataract Surgery

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image2Is cataract surgery right for your vision needs? Before we dive in to understanding the aspects of the procedure and its benefits, let’s first clarify: What is a cataract?

Inside your eye is a natural lens, which can gradually become yellow and cloudy after age 60. This loss of clarity is called a cataract and it’s very common. The “clouding” or “browning” of the lens makes images fuzzy and dull and can affect your sight in many ways. There are a number of cataract symptoms you may experience, including:

  • Difficulty driving
  • Difficulty seeing at night
  • Difficulty viewing a computer screen, phone, or tablet
  • Colors appear dim and faded
  • Frequent change in glasses prescription

What Causes Cataracts?

Cataracts are a natural part of getting older. As mentioned, cataracts usually develop because of aging. However, there are a number of additional risk factors that can cause cataracts to develop more quickly or earlier in life:

  • Disease – Glaucoma, diabetes, hypothyroidism, or an autoimmune disorder
  • Lifestyle – regularly using tobacco, alcohol, and/or corticosteroids
  • Overexposure – to sunlight, UV rays, or X-rays
  • Eye Trauma – including eye-related injuries, burns, and surgeries
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What is Cataract Surgery?

At Howerton Eye Clinic, we aim to help you understand your vision and eye treatment options thoroughly. If you have been diagnosed with cataracts, the solution for correcting your vision is cataract surgery. During cataract surgery, your eye doctor will remove your clouded eye lens and replace it with an intraocular lens, or IOL for short. This common outpatient procedure will restore your vision tremendously, not only taking care of your cataract problem, but also potentially alleviating presbyopia and astigmatism issues without additional surgery.

Deciding on Your IOL

How do you see the rest of your life? When you come into our Austin, Southwest Austin, or Kyle, TX office for your cataract surgery consultation, you and your eye doctor will want to discuss your vision needs for the future in order to best select the IOL that is right for you. Some questions to consider would be:

  • What activities are important to you?
  • Do you often use computers or mobile devices?
  • What do you do for a living?
  • Do you spend time in dimly lit environments?
  • Do you prefer to read digitally or in print?
  • Do you use eyeglasses to read?
  • How do you feel about eyeglasses and contacts?
  • Have you been diagnosed with astigmatism?

These questions can help you and your eye doctor decide on the visual range you will need. Visual range plays a key role in deciding which IOL will meet your needs. Continue below for a short summary of the different IOL options available to you and how they relate to different eye treatment conditions and needs.

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Monofocal IOLs

Monofocal IOLs are your basic option. They help you see far away, which means you’ll likely need reading glasses or contacts to help you focus on near and intermediate objects.

TECNIS® Multifocal IOLs

TECNIS® Multifocal IOLs provide excellent distance vision, just like Monofocal IOLs. They also provide personalized near vision so you can focus where you use your vision the most while relying on glasses less often for daily tasks.

Presbyopia-Correcting IOLs

Presbyopia is a condition that usually becomes noticeable around age 40. If you have presbyopia, you may be using reading glasses to better focus on things up close. If you have presbyopia as well as cataracts, there are IOLs designed to help address both conditions at the same time. (Note - with a Presbyopia-Correcting IOL you may see halos, glare, or starbursts, especially at night around bright lights. This is normal and may become less noticeable over time.)

TECNIS Symfony® Extended Depth of Focus (EDOF) IOLs

TECNIS Symfony® Extended Depth of Focus (EDOF) IOLs give you a continuous range of high-quality vision: excellent distance and intermediate vision with improved near vision.

TECNIS Symfony® IOLs

TECNIS Symfony® IOLs allow for a very low incidence of halos, glare, and starbursts.

Toric IOLs

Specially designed Toric IOLs address both your astigmatism and cataracts without an additional surgery. Which is great since studies show that nearly 40% of patients with cataracts would also benefit from astigmatism correction. TECNIS® IOLs offer Toric options. These lenses are available in Monofocal for clear distance vision, as well as EDOF for continuous vision across the full range.

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For many patients, the clarity and color of their vision right after cataract surgery is amazing. Cataract surgery has improved the lives of millions of people around the world and you could be next! This procedure could give you freedom from heavy reliance on eyeglasses and contact lenses, enhancing your quality of life. If you have any questions about cataract surgery, please contact us today. You may also request an appointment for a consultation directly online. The eye doctors and staff of our Austin, Southwest Austin, and Kyle, TX office can’t wait to help you see a difference in your vision!

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Howerton Eye Clinic, PLLC

  • Austin Office - 2610 South IH 35, Austin, TX 78704 Phone: (512) 443-9715 Fax: (512) 443-9845
  • Southwest Office - 5625 Eiger Rd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78735 Phone: (512) 443-9715 Fax: (512) 443-9845
  • Kyle Office - 5401 FM 1626, Suite 365, Kyle, TX 78640 Phone: (512) 443-9715 Fax: (512) 443-9845

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