Cataracts A cloudiness of the crystalline lens of the eye resulting in reduced vision
In a normal eye, the clear cornea allows light to enter. The iris controls the amount of light entering the eye by changing the size of the pupil. The light passes through a clear lens and is focused by the lens onto the back of the eye, or the retina, creating a sharp, clear image. Through the natural aging process, the clear lens gradually clouds and hardens. As the clouding increases, vision becomes fogged or blurry because the light is not clearly focused on the retina. A cataract may take a number of years to develop and usually form in both eyes, however not always at the same time. Although they are a natural part of the aging process and affect millions of Americans every year, they need to be properly diagnosed and treated.
A thorough eye examination by your ophthalmologist or optometrist can detect the presence and extent of a cataract, as well as any other conditions that may be causing blurred vision or discomfort. There are no medications, dietary supplements, exercises or optical devices that have been shown to prevent or cure cataracts. Surgery is the only way to correct your vision and remove the cataract. Southwestern Eye Center has many qualified cataract surgery specialists who are available for cataract removal and replacement.
Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure performed under local anesthesia and generally involves two steps: the cloudy lens is removed and it is usually replaced with a uniquely designed lens called an IOL (intraocular lens), specifically powered for your eye. During surgery a small incision is made in the eye. Microsurgical instruments are used to break the cloudy lens into small pieces and then those pieces are suctioned out. The posterior or back capsule of the eye is left in place to help support the IOL. Today’s “No Stitch” procedure allows cataracts patients to go home quickly and experience improved vision much sooner.
Southwestern Eye Center is proud to offer nanoFlex IOL. NanoFlex provides a whole new level of visual performance due to its unique design, never before available. The lens is aspheric, meaning it has a slight variable curve on the surface to better meet the individual needs of each patient. It is the only IOL to date made of pure collagen that is bio-compatible within the body’s natural chemistry and contains 40 percent water, making this lens remarkably similar to the eye’s natural crystalline lens. As a result of its design and chemical composition, nanoFlex provides sharper, clearer postoperative vision and a decreased occurrence of halos, glare and poor night vision.
Southwestern Eye Center encourages each of their cataract patients to know their options regarding the new premium lenses available.
You may return almost immediately to all normal activities. Your ophthalmologist will direct you in the correct use of your post surgery eye drops. Several postoperative visits are needed to check on the progress of the eye as it heals. Cataract surgery is one of the most frequently performed and successful surgeries in the United States.