Cataract surgery is a procedure used to restore cataract-related vision loss that is normally age related. During surgery, the opaque clouded lens inside your eye will be replaced with a clear artificial lens. You won’t feel any pain during the procedure, and it usually only takes about 15 minutes. This is an outpatient procedure and doesn’t require an overnight stay in a hospital.
Since 1971, when Jay C Johnston began his practice, thousands of patients have chosen us for their cataract surgery. Johnston Eye Associates offers the latest advances in cataract lens technology No matter which option you choose, cataract surgery is a proven procedure that has a long history of being extremely safe and effective.
The natural lens in side the eye provides much of the focussing power of light , and light travels through the eye to focus on the retina. With the normal aging process the natural lens become more opaque and cloudy and this reduces vision. Many people experience generalized reduced vision, poor vision in dim light or at night, and possibly glare and halo. This is usually a very slow and gradual process.
Everyone gets cataracts at some point in their lives, because it is a natural part of aging. In the United States, approximately 22 million people over the age of 40 experience cataracts. Left untreated, cataracts can rob you of your independence and limit your quality of life. It’s important to get checked for cataracts because it is the leading cause of blindness among adults.
Cataracts occur when the natural crystalline lens or focusing lens behind the pupil begins to become cloudy and dense, which stops light from entering the retina. You may begin to notice in your 40s or 50s that your vision is just not as clear as it used to be. However, because this progression happens so gradually, many people don’t realize how much vision they are losing until daily activities are affected, like using the computer or driving at night. Only after the procedure do patients realize that they had been missing out on seeing vivid colors and often our patients wish they had done the procedure sooner.
The most common cause of cataracts is aging, but other causes can be:
Symptoms of cataracts, even with the best glasses, can include:
If you are having trouble completing everyday tasks due to vision problems, you may have a cataract. Below are a few examples:
Cataracts are treated by removing the cloudy lens through no-stitch outpatient surgery. Your surgeon will gently fragment or emulsify the cataract and replace it with a lens implant. If you choose our advanced technology lenses, you can dramatically decrease your dependence on glasses or contacts. Although we cannot guarantee freedom from glasses, if you choose one of our Custom High Technology lenses, you can maximize freedom from glasses or contacts at all distances for most situations.
Prices may vary, so please contact our office and we can go over the best lens options with you. We accept all types of medical insurance.
If you do not have medical insurance we do offer cash payment options.