Everyone has heard of cataracts, and for good reason. Cataract surgery is one of our most common and successful operations, with several million performed annually in the United States. But what is a cataract? Simply speaking, the term cataract refers to a loss of clarity of the natural lens of the eye (also called the “crystalline lens”). This loss of clarity causes impairment in vision and other symptoms such as glare, light sensitivity and loss of color perception.
Although generally a consequence of aging, we frequently see cataracts in patients in their 40s and 50s. By age 80, over half the population will either have cataracts or will have already undergone cataract surgery. Certain medical conditions such as diabetes or environmental factors such as smoking, certain medications or trauma can hasten the onset of cataracts.
If you develop a cataract that impairs your vision, surgery is the only way to correct the problem. The procedure involves the removal of the natural lens of your eye that has become cloudy. Your “original” lens is then replaced by an intraocular lens implant (IOL).That procedure can take as little as five minutes, is generally quite painless and has a success rate in experienced hands of over 99 percent. Once your cataract is diagnosed by your eye care professional, the decision as to timing of surgery, which surgical procedure is best for you and which lens implant choice best suits your needs will be determined in consultation with your surgeon.
At the Indiana Eye Clinic, we have been performing cutting-edge cataract surgery since 1979. In addition to opening one of the first freestanding ophthalmic surgery centers in Indiana in 1986, our surgeons have an ongoing commitment to provide our patients with the most advanced technology available anywhere. Recently our surgery center became the first facility in Indiana to adopt intraoperative aberrometry for the real-time selection of intraocular lens implant power and the LENSAR femtosecond laser for cataract surgery. We provide a wide variety of advanced technology intraocular lens implants for the correction of astigmatism and presbyopia, which allows many of our patients to enjoy spectacle free vision following surgery.
Our mission is to provide you with the most sophisticated cataract care available by taking advantage of recent advances in technology such as the femtosecond laser, intraoperative aberrometry and advanced technology intraocular lens implants. Once our specialists have thoroughly examined your eye, we will create a personalized treatment plan based upon your needs. Our goal is to improve your vision in such a way that it enhances your lifestyle significantly.
What You Need to Know
Although modern cataract surgery is generally fast, painless and highly successful, the majority of surgery currently performed in the United States utilizes techniques developed in the 1980s and 1990s. Recent technological advances allow our doctors to perform surgery with greater accuracy and safety. That, along with advanced technology lens implants and skills of the surgeon, can greatly reduce your need for spectacles following surgery. We welcome the opportunity to share these advances with you!