Cataracts

Don't live with cloudy vision.

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.

There are three basic types of cataracts, each occurring on a different area of the lens:

  • 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 can include:

  • 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 for Cataracts can include:

  • 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.

Cataract Surgery Technology

Are you looking for the newest and best technology in Cataract Surgery? Look no further, cause Northwest Eye has it! Through our unique advanced refractive packages, we can provide you with the technology you need to obtain the vision outcome of your choice. At Northwest Eye, we offer laser-assisted cataract surgery using our LensAR femtosecond laser. We also offer all of the available intraocular lens (IOL) technologies including the new TECNIS® Symfony IOL.

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The TECNIS® Symfony IOL is the first and only presbyopia-correcting extended range of vision IOL. It delivers a continuous full range of high-quality vision with a reduced incidence of halos and glare comparable to a multifocal IOL

Click or Call to schedule an appt or speak with our Specialty Center Consultant to learn more about the amazing options we provide at Northwest Eye!

To learn all you can about cataracts, including diagnosis and treatment, please schedule an appointment with a Northwest Eye cataract doctor. Because the more you know, the better you see.


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Cataracts Treatment

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.

Northwest Eye is one of the first Twin Cities area clinics to offer refractive laser-assisted cataract surgical outcomes. These advanced refractive laser vision packages not only correct your cataract condition, but they may also restore your vision to near 20/20, allowing you to lead a life free of contacts or eyeglasses.

Traditional Cataract Surgery

  • Corrects Cataracts

Advanced Refractive Laser Vision Cataract Surgery

  • Corrects Cataract
  • Corrects vision

Included with any advanced refractive laser vision package, Northwest Eye utilizes the LensAR femtosecond laser, the latest and most advanced technology available. This technology allows our surgeons to use a laser to assist with the majority of the cataract removal process.

Cataract surgery is an exciting, life-changing choice. Learn more about your options and the potential outcomes by talking with a Northwest Eye cataract surgeon. Be Eye Wise and see what a difference cataract surgery can make for your vision.

CATARACT PROCEDURE

Prior to surgery, you will consult with your surgeon to determine which visual outcome is best suited for your condition and lifestyle. You will choose between traditional cataract surgery and one of our Refractive Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery procedures.

Traditional Cataract Surgery is an insurance covered procedure (deductibles and co-pays may still apply) and it involves the process of removing your eye’s natural cloudy lens and replacing it with an intraocular lens (IOL) implant. With traditional cataract surgery, your vision will be clear again but you will most likely need glasses in order to see 20/20.

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If you opt for cataract surgery using one of Northwest Eye’s advanced refractive laser vision packages, you will receive the benefits of traditional cataract surgery along with the precision of the femtosecond laser and in some cases, premium intraocular lens implants. This procedural advancement will help eliminate or greatly reduce your need for glasses at either a single distance or for multiple distances, depending upon the package that you choose.

The Advanced Refractive Laser Package starts with multiple preoperative measurements using the latest German, Swiss and American technology. The important parts of the cataract surgery are then performed with LensAR Femto laser precision to help reduce astigmatism and improve vision without glasses. Your surgeon will help implant an appropriate high technology premium lens implant that matches your eye’s shape and your visual needs. The postoperative care period is double that of standard surgery and includes a laser enhancement if needed.

While traditional cataract surgery will correct your cataract condition, only one of our advanced refractive laser vision packages can fully restore your maximum visual potential, sometimes even approaching the vision of your youth.

With either procedure, your eye surgeon will test and measure the curve of the cornea, as well as the size and shape of your eye in preparation for the lens replacement.

CATARACT SURGERY

Just before your surgery, you’ll be placed under local anesthesia to completely numb your eyes. Your experienced ophthalmologist will remove the eye’s natural lens and based upon your outcome preference, will replace it with the selected IOL.

A cataract procedure typically lasts less than thirty minutes and is nearly painless.

CATARACT SURGERY RECOVERY

After your operation, your eye surgeon will place a clear shield over your eye and monitor you for any problems. You’ll be able to return home on the day of your surgery and the results of the surgery will be monitored by both a one-day and a 2 to 3-week post-operative appointment.

CATARACT SURGERY RESULTS

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.