Understanding Cataracts

Are Cataracts Affecting Your Vision?

Everyone gets cataracts at some point because it is a natural part of the aging process. In the United States, approximately 22 million people over 40 experience cataracts. If left untreated, cataracts can rob you of your independence and limit your quality of life. It’s important to get checked for cataracts because it is the leading cause of blindness among adults. At Key-Whitman Eye Center, we provide patients with the benefit of having the full range of treatment options. That means you have choices that are designed to improve your vision to match your lifestyle – to help you get more enjoyment from activities ranging from sports and doing crafts to watching TV or using your smartphone and enjoying activities with family.

Board-Certified Eye Doctors Specializing in Cataracts Surgery – Serving Dallas / Fort Worth

Our cataract specialists at Key-Whitman Eye Center specialize in the latest advances in cataract surgery. If you have questions our services, call (214) 220-3937!

What is a Cataract?

Cataracts occur when the natural crystalline lens or focusing lens behind the pupil, begins to become cloudy and dense.

This typically begins to occur in our 40s and 50s when individuals notice that their vision is just not as clear particularly first at near. The progression happens so gradually, that many people don’t realize how much vision they are losing until daily activities are affected like using the computer or driving at night. Only after the procedure, do patients realize that they had been missing out on seeing vivid colors and often our patients wish they had done the procedure sooner.

The most common cause of cataracts is aging but other causes can be:

  • Trauma
  • Medications such as Steroids
  • Systemic Diseases such as Diabetes
  • Prolonged Exposure to Ultraviolet Light
  • Smoking

This clouding over of the lens stops light from focusing correctly on the retina. Symptoms of cataracts, even with the best glasses can include:

  • Blurred or distorted vision
  • Loss of Clarity and Brightness of Colors
  • Loss of Depth Perception
  • Sensitivity to Light – Excessive Glare and Halos Around Lights Especially at Night

How Cataract is Treated

Since 1961, thousands of patients just like you in the Dallas / Ft. Worth area have chosen our team of highly-skilled doctors and surgeons.

Cataracts are treated by removing the cloudy lens through no-stitch out-patient surgery. Key-Whitman Eye Center offers the latest advances in cataract technology, like femtosecond laser cataract surgery. No matter which option you choose, cataract surgery is a proven procedure that has a long history of being extremely safe and effective.

Your Key-Whitman Eye Center surgeon will gently fragment or emulsify the cataract and replace it with a lens implant. If you choose our advanced technology lenses, you can dramatically decrease your dependence on glasses or contacts. Although we cannot guarantee freedom from glasses, if you choose one of our Custom High Technology lenses, you can maximize freedom from glasses or contacts at all distances for most situations.

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