Cataracts

Sierra Eye Associates has two experienced cataract surgeons specializing in state-of-the-art ‘quick recovery’ cataract surgery:  Gregory L. Cohen, M.D. and Michael  L. Stanko, M.D.

Cataracts occur as part of the normal aging process. Studies show that about 50% of all people will have some cataract formation before age 60 and close to 100% will develop them by age 70. Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss in the world. They can severely impair your vision, but fortunately they can be treated. Today, modern surgical techniques combined with intraocular lens implantation make cataract surgery safe, fast, and effective.

A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens in your eye that may cause blurred or hazy vision. As the cataract develops, the clouded lens reduces the amount of light that can enter your eye resulting in blurred or foggy vision. It is similar to looking through a dirty window. Glare from car headlights at night, glare from sunlight, and needing more light to read can be early signs of cataract formation. Currently, there is nothing you can do to prevent the formation of cataracts.


Blur and glare typically seen with cataracts.

Treatment is indicated when decreased vision affects your everyday activities or hobbies. There are several techniques to remove the clouded lens. The most common technique is phacoemulsification. A very small incision is made and a tiny high-frequency ultrasound probe is used to break up the cataract and gently suction it away. A clear membrane bag is left in your eye where an intraocular lens is placed (IOL). This lens is necessary to replace the powerful lens that turned cloudy and has been removed. The IOL has almost eliminated the need for thick cataract glasses and contact lenses that were used years ago. Lasers are not used to perform cataract surgery. This is a common misconception. Lasers may be used after cataract surgery is completed to improve vision, but lasers are not currently used to remove the cataract.


The phaco probe is in the eye and carefully removes the cataractous lens through a very small incision

An intraocular lens (IOL) is used to replace the now removed cloudy natural lens. The power of the IOL is individually selected based on each patient’s unique eye measurements.

The benefits to this small incision surgery is the short period of time the procedure takes and the quick recovery time. Patients are able to eat a light snack and drink immediately after surgery. Drops will be used for several weeks after surgery. Most people notice an improvement in their vision soon after surgery. You will still need glasses to read after the surgery. Your new prescription is given several weeks after the procedure.

No matter what your age, you want to enjoy an active and productive lifestyle. Improved vision will enhance your quality of life and add years to your life. If you are having difficulty with your vision, and feel cataracts may be the cause,  call for an appointment at (775) 329-0286.

 

Please call (775) 329-0286 if you would like to schedule an appointment.