What is a Cataract?

Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 1-Aug-2014

What is a cataract? A cataract is the clouding over the focusing lens of the eye which is located just behind the pupil. A cataract is not a growth or film. It may be that all you need is a change in glasses, but these symptoms can be a sign of cataracts.

  • Difficulty seeing street signs, curbs, and freeway exits
  • Difficulty seeing traffic lights and halos or glare around lights
  • 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, seeing the display on a cell phone, 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

Unfortunately, once the focusing lens

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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

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.

On the day of surgery, 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. 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 including lenses like the Crystalens which reduce ones dependence on glasses or contacts offering a full range of vision for near, far and everything in-between.

The Key-Whitman Surgery Center has been certified by Medicare and The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) the same full rating many hospitals seek to obtain. The surgery center is proud of this accomplishment. 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. Free Transportation Can Be Provided for Our Cataract Patients.

For more information about our life-changing services, Contact us to schedule an appointment, you may call 855-600-7296 or check the upcoming seminars to learn more.

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