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Cataract FAQ

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What Is a Cataract?

A cataract is not a growth or a film. It is the clouding over of the focusing lens of the eye, which is located just behind the pupil. Click here for more details on cataracts and their treatment.

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What Are The Symptoms of Cataracts?

  • Difficulty seeing street signs, curbs, and freeway exits
  • Difficulty seeing traffic lights and halos or glare around lights
  • Difficulty driving at night
  • Difficulty seeing TV, movies or the faces of those around you
  • Difficulty reading printed materials such as books, newspapers and medicine labels even with good light and proper glasses
  • Difficulty with handiwork such as needlepoint, sewing or car repairs
  • Difficulty with writing checks, reading bills or filling out forms
  • Difficulty playing cards, bingo, dominos or other sport activities such as bowling, hunting, golf or tennis
  • Difficulty navigating around the house and with activities such as cooking, ironing, climbing stairs, dialing the telephone, and reading your watch

It may be that all you need is a change in glasses, but these symptoms can be a sign of cataracts.

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Can I Stop Cataracts From Forming?

Once the focusing lens clouds, there is no way to make it clear again, nor any technique to arrest its progress. It steadily limits a person's ability to do even simple things such as seeing street signs, driving at night, reading, stepping off curbs or steps safely, or performing other activities of an independent lifestyle.

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How Does the Key-Whitman Eye Center Restore My Vision?

To restore vision that has been lost or impaired by a cataract, the cloudy lens must be removed. Once removed, a clear plastic lens implant replaces the cloudy lens. Our patients no longer have to wear thick "cataract glasses" nor learn to wear a contact lens after their surgery.

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What Happens On Surgery Day?

Patients are given a relaxant to enhance calmness. They do not have to remain under general anesthesia and should neither see nor feel any part of the surgery. Using "nostitch" microincision surgery, the cataract is removed, usually by ultrasound. Then, the lens implant is inserted. The implanted lens is permanent and should last a lifetime.

For our patients who qualify, Femtosecond Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery is available. By providing this latest and proven technology, we now have the ability to view the cataract in high resolution and precisely perform some of the most delicate portions of the surgery including the treatment of astigmatism using a computer controlled laser beam of light. To learn more, please visit Technolas.

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What Are My Restrictions After Cataract Surgery?

Postoperative limitations are few. For most cataract surgeries, our surgeons use the "nostitch" method. With this brief, painless technique, most patients can resume their normal activities immediately and care for themselves without any help from others. The eye heals more quickly and there is no discomfort from any stitches. It also enables us to utilize the very latest innovations in intraocular implant designs.

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What If I Had Cataract Surgery And My Vision Is Getting Blurry?

If you notice your vision is gradually getting blurry, make an appointment at the The Key-Whitman Eye Center. Your eyes will be examined to see if you have a capsular haze.

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What Is Post Cataract Capsular Haze?

Your cataract sits in a capsule that completely surrounds it. Your lens implant sits in a capsule behind the pupil.

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What Can Be Done For Capsular Haze?

As time passes (months or years), after your cataract surgery, the back of this capsule clouds over, and interferes with vision. We aim a precise YAG laser beam at the capsule and vaporize the central portion. The patient no longer has to look through the cloudy capsule. This is a brief, painless office procedure as performed at the Key-Whitman Eye Center, and rarely ever has to be repeated. Vision clears the same day as the laser treatment and the patient can resume normal activities that same day.

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Is This A Common Problem?

Yes. Some patients develop a capsular haze within months of their cataract surgery, and some don't develop it for years. Sooner or later most cataract surgery patients will need treatment for this condition.

For Your Convenience, the Key-Whitman Eye Center provides ample free parking at its front door. Special bathroom facilities, parking and wheel chairs are supplied for the handicapped. The Key-Whitman Eye Center also has the convenience of having the Doctor's Office, the Outpatient Surgery Center, and Optical Shop all under one roof. Even lab studies and pre-op evaluations can be taken care of at the same location.

Medicare, Medicaid and HMO/PPO Assignments Accepted. We file these claims for you.

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Certification

Key-Whitman’s commitment to quality has earned them certification by Medicare and accreditation by Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).

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What is my next step?

Contact us for more information about our life-changing services.

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