Cataracts

Knowledge, experience, and success are three vital factors in choosing a surgeon. All the physicians at Avery Eye Clinic are Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology; and, all are cataract surgeons in Montgomery County with over 90 years of combined cataract surgery experience.

Cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss in people over age 40 and are the principal cause of blindness in the world. In fact, there are more cases of cataracts worldwide than there are of glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy combined. According to reports, cataract is the leading cause of blindness worldwide, and the leading cause of vision loss in the United States.

Cataract surgery is one of the most frequently performed surgeries in the United States according to the American Medical Association and the American College of Surgeons. Though more than 3 million Americans undergo cataract surgery each year with extremely high success rates in restoring vision (one of the highest success rates of any type of surgery), choosing the right cataract surgeon is still a significant decision.

Cataracts naturally occur when there is clouding of the normally crystalline lens of the eye, caused by the aging process, metabolic changes, injury, various forms of radiation, toxic chemicals, and certain drugs. The leading cause of vision loss among adults over the age of 60, cataracts impair vision making everyday activities increasingly difficult.

In simple terms, a cataract is usually part of the normal aging process that changes the natural, clear lens of the eye into a cloudy, opaque structure that inhibits or diminishes the passage of light to the retina. The condition can be compared to a window that is dirty, covered, or "fogged" with steam.

There has been a swift evolution in cataract treatment over the past few years, which translates to added patient benefits, including improved visual outcomes with faster recoveries. Phacoemulsification, or Phaco, is a quick outpatient procedure that corrects vision with little discomfort and rapid return to normal activities.

This cutting-edge cataract procedure used by the physicians at Avery Eye Clinic requires a tiny incision and breaks up the cataract with ultrasonic waves. Next, a soft, flexible synthetic intraocular lens (IOL) is inserted into the lens capsule bag of the eye. There is also a multifocal lens option to provide distant, near, and intermediate vision. In most cases, the incision is so small that the eye heals rapidly with little discomfort. Drops are used after cataract surgery, and the patient is asked to refrain from swimming or water activity for two weeks.

Cataract surgery is considered one of the most popular and highly successful procedures, with improved vision occurring in over 90 percent of cases. In fact, a study by the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery recently reported that more than 98 percent of cataract patients had their vision successfully improved following surgery. Many patients report vision that is even better than before they developed cataracts. Results are permanent; once removed, cataracts will not recur.

Consult with the cataract surgery experts at Avery Eye Clinic before making any decision regarding cataract surgery for yourself or a loved one.