Cataracts are Common, Surgery Corrects
A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens that is in each eye. If the lenses of our eyes are unable to correctly focus light, the cloudiness in the lens that occurs with cataracts blocks and obscures light from focusing properly, or even at all, on the retina of each eye. Cataract surgery is the most common surgery performed in the United States, with an estimated 2 million procedures performed in 2014. Over the years, cataract surgery has advanced tremendously, opening to door to many new possibilities for how to correct eyesight.
Cataracts can start with a very gradual decrease in your ability to see the brilliance and vibrancy of colors, or they can cause your vision to blur. If cataracts are left untreated, they will continue to progress and make everyday activities, such as driving or reading, more and more difficult. Early detection of cataracts by your local optometrist or our surgeons can detect the presence, and severity, of cataracts. The “film” that patients may experience in their vision with cataracts is not treatable with eyedrops, and cataract removal is the only means available to restore vision.
The decision to have cataract surgery starts with a personalized evaluation by one of our expertly-trained and board-certified ophthalmologists. We will examine each eye thoroughly to determine if cataracts are the primary cause of blurry vision. There are many conditions of the human body that can affect your eyesight, but if it is determined that cataracts are causing a loss of vision, your surgeon will discuss with you the various treatment options available.
All cataract surgeries require removal of the cataract by use of phacoemulsification and/or femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery. This painless phacoemulsification process uses gentle ultrasound waves to remove the hardened cataract. The painless femtosecond laser can also be used to soften cataracts. Once the cataract is removed, a synthetic intraocular lens implant (IOL) is used to replace your natural lens. The IOL, based upon previous calculations and measurements taken at your initial evaluation, will help to correct your vision at distance, near, or both.
Missouri Eye Institute offers many different types of IOL implants to choose from, and these lenses can incorporate prescriptions for nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia. We offer a customizable approach to cataract surgery to provide the clearest, most comfortable vision possible that is tailored to your individual visual needs and lifestyle.
Missouri Eye Institute performs cataract surgery at surgical centers in Springfield, Branson, and Joplin, and provides cataract surgeries at hospitals in Springfield, Bolivar, Monett, and Houston to make your care as convenient as possible. We can also coordinate your care after cataract surgery with your local optometrist in order to make the post-operative care convenient for you.