Cataracts affect millions of individuals worldwide. More than just a common vision condition, cataracts can significantly impact your quality of life. The information below serves as a resource to explain what cataracts are and how cataract treatment can help those living with cataracts to regain crystal-clear vision.

What are Cataracts?

A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens as your eye ages. This lens (located behind the iris – the colored part of the eye) works just like the lens of a camera – focusing light images on the retina which sends the images to your brain.

One of the greatest “medical miracles” of our day is modern cataract surgery. This surgery that was once fraught with risks and at best a lifetime of thick, unsightly glasses is now being used to safely improve the quality of life for millions of Americans every year.

Surgery to remove the natural lens is one of the most commonly performed procedures today, with well over two million cataract and lens implant procedures performed annually. IOLs, also known as intraocular lenses, have been used for over 50 years to restore vision after lens removal.

Cataract Surgery

The physicians at The Eye Center are some of the country’s most respected and experienced lens implant surgeons. With modern surgical techniques, cataracts are removed through tiny incisions that usually do not require stitches. Cataract surgery is normally painless and takes less than 20 minutes with vision improvement usually achieved within one to three days. Rather than inside a general hospital, your procedure will take place in a state-of-the-art facility designed exclusively for eye surgery. This means our patients receive the most appropriate and supportive care and the best possible experience!

Lens Implants

Conventional lens implants allow cataract patients to achieve good functional vision with the use of glasses to maximize both distance and near vision. The revolutionary new technology multifocal lens implants may reduce or even eliminate your need for bifocals after the surgery.

Lens implants are meant to last a lifetime. Fortunately, most people will be very happy with whatever lens implant choice they make. The Tecnis Multifocal Lenses and the Toric Lenses to correct astigmatism have all been rigorously tested by the US FDA before being approved for use. For most people, any of these lens options will provide excellent results.

Patients may choose to have these advanced lenses implanted when they undergo Cataract or Prelex surgery. Unlike traditional single-vision lens implants, the Tecnis Multifocal Lens provides quality vision both at a distance and up close. Traditional lenses usually provide good vision only at a distance with limited ability to see objects that are near without glasses. The Tecnis Multifocal lens has proportioned visual zones that provide it with this major advantage over other lens implants options.

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