Cataract Surgery

Cataract-Surgery--118865179What is a Cataract?

Cataracts affect over half of all adults over the age of 60. A cataract is a common, naturally occurring “clouding” or “browning” of the lens in your eye. An eye with a cataract makes images fuzzy and dull and can affect your vision in many ways. There are a number of symptoms of cataracts you may experience:

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

What causes Cataracts?

Cataracts are a natural part of the aging process for most people. 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

What should I do if I have Cataracts?

The only solution for cataracts is to gently remove the cloudy lens and replace it with a clear, artificial lens, called an Intraocular Lens (IOL). This is the one of the most common outpatient procedures performed in the United States.

When is the right time to have Cataract Surgery?

If you are experiencing vision problems and have been diagnosed with cataracts, more than likely your condition is bad enough to require surgery. For many people suffering from cataracts, hearing the word “surgery” can be scary. But, as you’ll discover, cataract surgery is an opportunity to restore your vision.

No-Stitch Cataract Surgery

At Howerton Eye Clinic, we offer the latest procedures to help remove cataracts and restore your vision.

Today, phacoemulsification (or "phaco") cataract surgery along with foldable intraocular lens implantation, is the most common treatment for cataracts.

Only very small incisions are necessary for this surgery, and afterwards no stiches are needed. The cataract is accessed using hand-held tools. The cataract is broken up using ultrasonic energy and removed from the eye in small pieces with a gentle suction.

The IOL is inserted utilizing a special applicator. The surgeon positions the IOL behind the pupil, where the natural lens resided.

Since the incision area is so small, patients recover faster and can resume their normal activities quickly. The actual procedure usually takes between seven to ten minutes, and only requires drops to numb the eye beforehand.

Which Intraocular Lens is right for me?

Thanks to advances in technology, you can choose from various types of intraocular lenses (IOLs) that are designed to meet both vision and lifestyle needs.

  • TECNIS Monofocal IOLs are utilized to restore one area of vision – typically distance. After these lenses are implanted you may still need to wear reading glasses.
  • TECNIS Multifocal IOLs provide clear vision at multiple distances, with an enhanced level of vision at a distinct distance depending on your lifestyle. These lenses may decrease the need for glasses.
  • TECNIS Symfony Extended depth of focus IOLs provide high-quality, continuous vision – from near to far and areas in between – may decrease the frequency of wearing glasses. Available with and without astigmatism.

Your Vision after Surgery

For many patients, the clarity and color of their vision right after surgery is amazing and surprising. Cataract surgery has improved the lives of millions of people around the world.

Cataract surgery gives you the ability to become less reliant on glasses or contact lenses, sometimes even ridding you of the need for them completely.

To learn more about cataract surgery please contact us today. The doctors and staff can’t wait to help you see a difference in your vision.

Howerton Eye Clinic, PLLC

  • Austin Office - 2610 South IH 35, Austin, TX 78704 Phone: (512) 443-9715 Fax: (512) 443-9845
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