Lawrence Eye Care Associates Offers Cataract Surgery
The eyes are affected by aging, much like other parts of the body. Cataracts, which cause clouding of the lens of the eyes, can often occur. This clouding causes problems with vision, light sensitivity, and color perception. At Lawrence Eye Care Associates in Lawrence, KS, we offer cataract surgery to remove cataracts that impair vision as you age.
Cataracts occur when the lens of the eye becomes clouded, making normal vision more difficult. Normally, the lens is clear, but aging, certain medical conditions, corticosteroid medications, and exposure to ultraviolet light can cause the lens to gradually become more clouded.
Symptoms of Cataracts
In the early stages of cataract development, you may not notice any change in your vision. However, over time, you may notice your vision is blurred or seems dimmer than usual. Night driving may become more difficult. Your eyes may become more sensitive to the glare from lights, or you may see “haloes” around lights. You may require more light for reading and other activities. Colors may seem more yellowed or faded. You may have the need for more frequent changes in eyeglass or contact lens prescriptions. You may have double vision in one of your eyes.
Your eye doctor will be able to detect the development of cataracts during your comprehensive eye examination. Because common cataracts develop slowly over time, you may not need surgery for a number of years, until the condition finally requires surgical intervention.
Cataract removal is a common surgical procedure that is performed safely on millions of people each year. A number of different techniques can be used for the procedure. Generally, a small incision is made in the front capsule of the lens, and the clouded area removed or broken up by photoemulsification. The back capsule is left in place to hold the artificial lens. The artificial lens is then positioned, and protective patches or glasses are used to protect the eye while healing progresses. A few follow-up visits are necessary to monitor healing. Vision generally improves immediately after surgery, and the risk of complications is very low.
Make Lawrence Eye Care Associates Your Ophthalmologist for Cataract Surgery
Dr. Bilal Farhat, Dr. Curtis R. Brown, Dr. Michael L. Mulhern, and Dr. Mary Pat Lange are trained ophthalmologists who have dedicated their professional lives to providing the highest quality eye care for their patients in Lawrence, KS, Topeka, Ottawa, and the surrounding communities. We offer comprehensive exams, contact lens fitting, eyeglass fitting, computer vision care, and treatment of eye diseases. Call Lawrence Eye Care Associates today at 785-841-2280 for an appointment to have your eyes examined and to learn about how cataract surgery can help you see more clearly.