Cataract

What is a cataract?

Cataract is a medical condition in which the lens of the eye becomes progressively opaque, resulting in blurred vision.

Signs and symptoms of cataracts

  • Clouded, blurred or dim vision
  • Increasing difficulty with vision at night
  • Sensitivity to light and glare
  • Seeing "halos" around lights
  • Frequent changes in eyeglass or contact lens prescription
  • Fading or yellowing of colors
  • Double vision in a single eye

What is cataract surgery?

Cataract surgery is a surgical procedure your surgeon uses to remove a cloudy lens, the cataract, from your eye. The most technologically advanced methods use a laser to assist the surgeon. The laser assisted cataract surgery provides greater precision and better safety and quality of vision than traditional bladed surgery. Traditional bladed surgery is far less expensive and provides acceptable results.

Dr Blaylock will make a small incision in the cornea and construct an opening into the cataract (cloudy lens) using the laser. The cataract is then removed with ultrasound and an artificial lens is implanted into the eye.

What are my lens options for cataract surgery?

Monofocal lens implant for patients without astigmatism will usually give good distance vision.
Toric lens implant, will correct distance vision even when there is astigmatism.
Multi-focal and toric multi-focal lenses will correct reading, mid and far distance vision(presbyopia, myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism).

Did you know that VLEC specializes in cataract surgery for patients who have previously undergone LASIK, PRK or Radial Keratotomy ?

I have had PRK, LASIK or Radial Keratotomy (RK), can I still have cataract surgery?

Yes. But the preoperative measurements to determine IOL power, are more complicated and most surgeons do not have access to the whole range of necessary diagnostic equipment to get best results. Having your old eye records is helpful. VLEC uses ORA intraoperative aberometry to give the best possible outcomes. We have a long experience treating these more challenging cases with great success.

Do you have cataracts and mild to moderate glaucoma?

Ask about iStents

iStents is a procedure, performed during cataract surgery or refractive lensectomy, that may significantly improve the control of glaucoma and reduce the need for topical glaucoma eye drops.

How can I prevent cataracts?

  • Don’t smoke.
  • Protect your eyes from the sun with ultraviolet filtering sunglasses.
  • Eat lots of fruits and vegetables.
  • If you have diabetes, manage your glycemic index properly.