Custom Cataract Surgery
A cataract is a cloudiness or opacity in the eye’s natural lens. The lens, which is normally transparent, is located behind the iris (the colored portion of the eye) and the pupil (the dark center of the eye). Cataracts are a natural part of aging, but may occur in younger individuals as a result of various medical diseases, medications or trauma. Mild cataracts may not significantly disturb vision, but as they mature, they can eventually cause blurred vision, sensitivity to light, glare and increased nearsightedness or distorted images.
Cataracts can occur at any age but are very common in older people. Cataracts affect over 73 percent of senior citizens age 65 years and older in the United States today.
Wheaton Eye Clinic Doctors
The cataract surgeons at Wheaton Eye Clinic are leaders in advanced microsurgical techniques and lens implant technology, performing over 5,000 successful cataract procedures every year. Custom cataract surgeons at Wheaton Eye Clinic are:
- Peter T. Brazis III, M.D.
- Jeffrey R. Haag, M.D.
- Steven R. Lafayette, M.D.
- Janet A. Lee, M.D.
- Anna J. Park, M.D.
- Charles S. Sandor, Jr., M.D.
- Michelle G. Sims, M.D.
- Edward Sung, M.D.
- Byron R. Tabbut, M.D.
- Terry G. Voirin, D.O.
Cataract surgery is a highly successful procedure, improving vision in 95% of the cases. Wheaton Eye Clinic is a leader in state-of-the-art cataract surgery including: Custom Cataract Surgery with Premium Lens – Astigmatic Correcting IOLs – Presbyopia Correcting IOLs
If symptoms of cataracts are mild, a change in glasses may be all that is necessary. However, if cataracts are causing symptoms that interfere with daily activities, surgery may be considered. Surgery is the only way to remove a cataract.
In most cases, the cataract is removed using a process called “phacoemulsification.” During phacoemulsification, a small incision is made in the eye. An ultrasonic device sends vibrations into the eye to break the lens into small pieces. The pieces of the lens are then suctioned out and are replaced by an intraocular lens (IOL). An intraocular lens is a clear manmade lens that replaces the cataractous lens to produce clearer vision.
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