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Cataract

Be Eye Wise by understanding that cataracts are an eye condition that causes the lens of your eye to become cloudy and obstruct light. Twenty million Americans over the age of 40 are affected by cataracts. Not surprisingly, three million Americans opt for cataract surgery every year to correct the issue.

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Types of Cataracts

  • Nuclear cataracts occur in the center of the lens

  • Cortical cataracts occur as wedge-shaped spokes extending from the outside of the lens to the center

  • Subcapsular cataracts occur at the back of the lens

Symptoms of Cataracts

  • Blurred or dimmed vision (particularly at night)

  • Cloudy vision

  • Sensitivity to light and glare

  • Visual distortions or “ghost images”

  • Increased nearsightedness

  • Difficulty reading or driving

Causes of Cataracts

  • Age-related cataracts are the most common, resulting from a natural build-up of proteins in the lens.

  • Congenital cataracts may be present at birth or developed during childhood.

  • Secondary cataracts develop when other health or ophthalmologic conditions (such as diabetes) are present.

  • Traumatic cataracts can develop after an eye injury.

Am I a candidate for Cataract Surgery?

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What are my Treatment Options?

Cataract treatment depends on the type and severity of the cataract. If your vision is slightly blurry, cataract treatment might not be necessary. When cataracts impair your vision, however, surgery is the only treatment option.

But even the surgical path offers you choices. Northwest Eye doctors will help you understand the process and procedure for correcting your cataract. Be Eye Wise and see what you can expect with cataract surgery before, during and after the procedure.

Cataract surgery is an exciting, life-changing choice. But like contacts or glasses, no single solution addresses every eyesight issue. As an elective procedure in conjunction with your cataract surgery, Northwest Eye offers three Advanced Refractive Laser Vision Packages, all designed to address specific vision outcomes.

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Single Distance Vision Package

  • Advanced diagnostic technology & testing

  • Extended pre-operative measurements, calculations, planning, and care

  • LENSAR™ Laser Surgical System

  • Toric lens technology (if necessary for astigmatism)

  • Post-operative laser enhancements (if necessary)

  • Extended aftercare for up to 180 days after surgery

Distance + Reading Monovision Package

  • Advanced diagnostic technology & testing

  • Extended pre-operative measurements, calculations, additional monovision testing, planning and care

  • LENSAR™ Laser Surgical System

  • Toric lens technology (if necessary for astigmatism)

  • Post-operative laser enhancements (if necessary)

  • Extended aftercare for up to 180 days after surgery

Distance + Reading Multifocal / Accommodating Package

  • Advanced diagnostic technology & testing

  • Extended pre-operative measurements, calculations, additional monovision testing, planning and care

  • LENSAR™ Laser Surgical System

  • Multifocal or Accommodating lens technology

  • PanOptix or Vivity IOL technology – the newest lens technology that offers a full range of quality vision and corrects astigmatism

  • Post-operative laser enhancements (if necessary)

  • Extended aftercare for up to 180 days after surgery

What Should I Expect From Surgery?

Cataract Surgery is an out-patient procedure, where the surgeon replaces the cloudy intraocular lens (IOL) with a clear one. After your surgery, you’ll be able to return to most everyday activities. Your eye needs time to heal and adjust to focus properly, so it’s possible that your vision may be blurry for a short time after your procedure. Your eye surgeon will provide you with specific care instructions.

After your IOL is implanted, colors may seem brighter. The new IOL will be clear, unlike your natural lens that may have had a yellowish tint. Many patients find the improved colors to be the best outcome of the surgery.

Contact us if you are experiencing the symptoms of cataracts. Be Eye Wise and see the difference between traditional cataract surgery and our advanced refractive laser vision procedures. A Northwest Eye board-certified ophthalmologist will meet with you, properly diagnose the type of cataract you have and discuss your options. Like any surgery, cataract surgery has risks and varying results. Your eye surgeon will explain and discuss these with you and answer any questions you have before your procedure.

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Serving Our Community

With six locations throughout the Twin Cities metro area, Northwest Eye is among the largest eye care providers in the Midwest. Be Eye Wise and schedule a general eye exam or a specific service consultation today. We have optical  at the following offices:  Golden Valley, Minnetonka, Maple Grove, St. Anthony, and Wayzata, MN.

8501 Golden Valley Rd., Suite 100
Golden Valley, MN 55427
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12000 Elm Creek Blvd N., Suite 100
Maple Grove, MN 55369
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6060 Clearwater Dr., Suite 150
Minnetonka, MN 55343
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2601 39th Ave NE., Suite 1
St. Anthony, MN 55421
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250 Central Ave N., Suites 105 & 107, Optical Suite 106
Wayzata, MN 55391
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7125 Tamarack Rd, Suite 150,
Woodbury, MN 55125
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11091 Ulysses St NE., Suite 400
Blaine, MN 55434
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9801 Dupont Ave S., Suite 100
Bloomington, MN 55431
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10709 Wayzata Blvd., Suites 100 & 120
Minnetonka, MN 55305
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