World-Renowned Artist Werner Willis - Two Cataract Procedures
The doctors at Mecklenburg Eye Associates use the latest techniques and technology to treat patients who require cataract surgery.
Forget what you’ve might have heard, a cataract is not a “film” that coats the surface of the eye. It is a change in the clarity of the eye's natural lens, a gradual clouding that can make vision less sharp over time. Aging is the number one cause, typically starting at the age of 60, although changes in the eye can begin around 40.
Family history, medical issues (such as diabetes), injury, or prolonged exposure to the sun can also lead to cataracts.
The condition normally progresses slowly; however, each person is different and the rate of acceleration varies with each case.
Surgery is the only way to treat the condition. Cataract surgery is one of the safest, most effective surgical procedures – it’s also one of the most successful. During the surgery, the cloudy lens is removed and replaced with an artificial lens called an Intraocular Lens (IOL). There are three types:
Monofocal IOL: Provides patients with a singular focal point.
Multifocal IOL: Offers patients multiple focal points thereby correcting vision at a range of distances (think progressive eyeglasses).
Toric IOL: Corrects the vision of patients with astigmatism
Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure, performed in a hospital, usually taking less than 15 minutes. The doctors at Mecklenburg Eye Associates also perform bladeless cataract surgery using the most advanced laser equipment available: safer, more accurate, and often leads to faster recovery.
The incision is quite tiny, so stitches are rarely needed. The eye heals naturally in approximately one month. After the eye heals, you will have clearer, brighter, and sharper vision.
As with all surgical procedures, talk with your Mecklenburg Eye Associates doctor to go over any questions you may have and to understand the procedure more fully.