What are cataracts?
A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens of the eye. This happens as a result of age, exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun, and due to any genetic predisposition to cataracts. Cataracts can occur at any age – even at birth, but most everyone has some degree of cataract formation by the 7th decade of life. Even though most people develop cataracts, surgery is only necessary when poor vision makes it difficult to do the activities that we need and want to do and if vision cannot be improved with a new glasses prescription…read more
What is presbyopia?
As most adults enter their mid-40s, their eye lenses start to lose flexibility, which decreases the ability to focus at close-up distances. This gradual process called presbyopia occurs naturally; it’s another part of the normal aging process. Even people who have enjoyed 20/20 vision throughout their lives can develop presbyopia…read more
How does cataract surgery work?
With the advances in today’s technology, there is no longer the need to wear thick glasses after surgery to compensate for the loss of the lens. Our surgeons can replace your lens with a synthetic lens that will ensure you retain your vision. Plus, the incision to remove the cataract is so small – about 2 to 3mm – that stitches and patches are not necessary. Your eye will heal on its own…read more
What are Active Lifestyle Lenses?
Patients who suffer from presbyopia resort to reading glasses and bifocals to see objects at near distances. Traditional IOLs do not correct for presbyopia, so cataract surgery patients need to wear bifocals or reading glasses for near vision. Multifocal intraocular lenses like the AMO Tecnis Multifocal IOL provides a permanent and effective solution for presbyopia patients with cataracts. By providing a stable, multifocal, artificial lens for the cataract patient that also corrects for the symptoms of presbyopia, AMO Tecnis can vastly improve vision in older adults. About 85% of patients with the Tecnis Multifocal lens are able to function at all distances without glasses…read more
What Happens the day of my surgery?
While cataract surgery only takes 15-20 minutes, we ask that you plan on spending several hours with us on the day of your procedure. We don’t want to rush you through the process, and we want to make sure you are feeling confident when you leave our office…read more
When is cataract surgery necessary?
It is not necessary to have cataract surgery the minute you are diagnosed with cataracts. Surgery becomes necessary when vision loss starts interfering with your everyday activities. Your doctor can help you determine the right time for surgery…read more
Affording Cataract Surgery
Upgrading cataract surgery to Lifestyle Intraocular lenses (IOLs), which correct presbyopia or astigmatism, are only partially covered by Medicare or other insurance companies. These Lifestyle IOLs are considered to be a luxury, and not a medical necessity. We offer comprehensive payment plans to help accommodate the cost of these more advanced technologies…read more