Over the years, cataracts enlarge and cause progressive vision loss. When eyeglasses no longer help, it's time to turn to cataract surgery to eliminate the cataract and get a new lens. As a board-certified ophthalmologist, Troy L. Carter, M.D., in Abilene, Texas, has performed countless successful cataract surgeries, restoring your vision and offering advanced intraocular lenses that correct refractive errors and astigmatism. If you have cloudy vision, don't wait to schedule a comprehensive eye exam. Call Texas Midwest Eye Center, LLP or request an appointment online today
When a cataract develops, the lens in your eye turns from clear to cloudy. The cloudiness occurs as proteins naturally found in the lens break down and clump together.
Cataracts can begin to form in your 40s, but it takes 20 years or longer before they get large enough to affect your vision. Eventually, cataracts can progress to cause blindness.
As cataracts gradually enlarge, you start to experience symptoms such as:
You may also find that bright colors appear yellow or dull.
You can slow down cataract growth or prevent cataracts from developing by protecting your eyes from sunlight. Glasses that screen out sunlight stop the ultraviolet rays from triggering reactions in the lens that contribute to protein clumping.
In the early stages of cataract development, you may only need eyeglasses to correct your vision. But once glasses no longer help, there's only one treatment option for cataracts: surgery.
Dr. Carter may give you eye drops to help reduce swelling during and after your procedure. Just before your surgery, he numbs your eye and gives you medication that helps you relax.
Using a special microscope to get a magnified view of your eye, Dr. Carter makes tiny incisions and inserts small instruments through the incision. Then he uses the instruments to break up the lens and remove it. For the final step, he inserts a new lens in the same pocket that supported your original lens.
In most cases, you won't need stitches. However, Dr. Carter puts a shield over your eye to protect it while it heals. You stay in the office for about a half-hour, and then you can go home.
During cataract surgery, you may get a new lens that corrects refractive vision problems. For example, you can get multifocal intraocular lenses that improve near and far vision, and toric intraocular lenses that correct astigmatism.
However, you may still need to wear glasses after the surgery. Dr. Carter conveniently offers post-cataract surgery glasses in the office.
If you notice changes in your vision, call the office of Troy L. Carter, M.D., or request an appointment online today.