What are Cataracts?

Cataracts are the clouding of your eye's lens. Your lenses are made of protein and water. Over time, the protein has a tendency to become clumped together, causing cloudy patches in the lens that result in symptoms such as:

Cloudy, blurry vision • Glare or halos • Rapid prescription changes


How Does Surgery Help?

The only way to restore clear vision to your life is by having cataract surgery. During this procedure, your cloudy lens is removed and replaced with a clear lens. At Victoria Eye Center, we use an advanced no shot/no stitch method of cataract surgery. We create a tiny incision on your cornea and then use ultrasound energy to gently break up the cloudy lens and remove it from your eye. A new Intraocular Lens (IOL) is inserted through the same incision. The entire process only takes 10-15 minutes!

The Benefits of Cataract Surgery

Restore Youthful Vision
Increased Independence
Reduced Risk of Falls
Live Longer
With the replacement lens options today, you may be able to reduce or even eliminate your need for glasses after surgery – even reading glasses!
With clear vision restored, you will be able to return to the activities you enjoy – things like driving, hobbies, exercise, dining out with friends and more.
If you can see clearly, you are less likely to trip and fall over an unseen object or a change in terrain. Some studies have reported a significant decrease in the amount of falls in cataract surgery patients.
Studies have suggested that cataract surgery may actually increase your lifespan because clear vision can result in fewer medication mix-ups, improved quality of life, safer driving, etc.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Cataract Surgery

When you come in for your Cataract Evaluation, we want you to ask every question you can think of about cataracts, surgery, lens options and our success rates. We will provide complete answers so you’ll feel comfortable about making the decision to trust our team for cataract surgery. Here are just a few of the questions we hear from patients:

Cataract surgery is virtually painless and comfortable for most patients. Your eyes are numbed with topical anesthesia eye drops. Most patients do not feel the ultrasound energy that is used to remove the lens.
Cataract surgery is performed on one eye at a time. After surgery, you will return home to rest for the remainder of the day. Our team will typically examine your eyes within 24 hours. We will ask that you use prescription eye drops to help your eyes heal and wear an eye shield while sleeping to prevent you from rubbing your eye. Everyone heals somewhat differently, but most patients see well enough to return to most of their routine activities the day after surgery.
You can live with cataracts for years if they are not affecting your quality of life. However, when you start to realize that your vision is interfering with your ability to enjoy hobbies, spend time with family and friends or drive your car, it will be time to consider cataract surgery. We will not recommend surgery unless we feel it will benefit your life and we will never pressure you into having surgery if you are not ready.

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