A cataract is the term given to the clouding or loss of clarity occurring in the natural lens. A cataract can develop in one or both eyes. This may be the result of aging, trauma, or related to certain diseases or medications.
The most common symptom of a cataract is blurred vision. Some patients describe their vision as though they were looking through a cloudy window. You may also experience difficulty with glare in bright sunlight or oncoming car headlights at night.
When your cataract progresses to the point where it interferes with your daily activities, you may need surgical removal of the cataract to restore your vision.
Cataract surgery is outpatient surgery and is one of the most common surgical procedures performed in the United States. It has a very high success rate.
Typically cataract surgery is performed under mild sedation (you are awake and breathing on your own, but sleepy and comfortable).
The surgeon will make microscopic incisions into the eye. Ultrasound energy will be used to break the cataract up into smaller pieces, which are then removed from the eye.
Following the removal of the cataract, a lens implant will be placed in the eye. The implant is necessary to help focus the light after it enters the eye. The strength of the implant is determined by testing taken prior to surgery, and typically your surgeon will choose a lens implant to give you the sharpest distance vision. However, you may still need to use glasses following the surgery to fine-tune your distance vision and for reading.
Advanced Technology Options for Cataract Surgery
Des Peres Eye Center provides two advanced technology options for cataract surgery:
Advanced Lens Technology
As technology continues to evolve, lens implants have evolved as well. Learn about toric & multifocal intraocular lenses.
Laser Cataract Surgery
Des Peres Eye Center is proud to offer patients the new standard in precision cataract surgery with the CATALYS Precision Laser System. Using CATALYS, we can provide a gentle, highly customized cataract procedure with precision not achievable with traditional manual techniques.