What is a Cataract?
- Posted on: Aug 1 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
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
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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