What You Should Know
About half of Americans over the age of 65 develop cataracts. Cataracts refer to a clouding of the crystalline lens of the eye, caused by proteins that become clumped, obstructing vision. Early symptoms include blurred vision, glare, compromised night vision, double vision, and diminished color perception. These symptoms are mild at first but become worse over time. Some lifestyle changes and other conservative measures can temporarily help patients see adequately in spite of cataracts, but surgery is the only permanent solution. SightMD is a renowned provider of cataract surgery, using the latest, most advanced technology to ensure exceptional safety and results. We believe patient education is a very important part of treatment, and we will take all the time needed to help you understand what you should know about cataract surgery.
If you begin experiencing cataract symptoms, schedule an eye examination a soon as possible. As with all vision exams, you will first take a visual acuity test by reading an eye chart. Your eyes will be dilated and assessed for pupillary response, as well as intraocular pressure and movement. The doctor will thoroughly examine your eyes using a slit-lamp, which provides a view of the inner eye. Using these techniques, your doctor can diagnose cataracts and any other conditions that may be affecting your vision.
Cataract surgery involves replacing the clouded natural lens of the eye with a synthetic intraocular lens (IOL). We use the advanced Catalys® Precision Laser to create incisions in the cornea and fragment the clouded lens in preparation for removal. Ultrasound is used to further fragment the lens before it is carefully suctioned out through the incisions. Finally, the IOL is inserted, replacing the natural lens.
About 20 percent of cataract surgery patients develop a secondary cataract, or posterior capsular opacification (PCO). The lens of the eye lies inside a tissue capsule. Following cataract surgery, some cells from the natural lens can remain in the capsule, developing into a film that can cause blurry vision. Secondary cataract surgery involves using a special laser to create a small hole in the capsule, allowing light to once again focus properly onto the retina.
Cataract Surgery Cost
Our team will help you arrange financing for your surgery. We offer CareCredit®, with zero-percent interest for qualified applicants. In addition, we work with flex spending accounts and accept cash, personal checks, and credit cards.