Cory Ramstead MD Ophthalmologist

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Cataract Surgery

An Eye with Cataracts

What is a Cataract?

A cataract is a cloudy area in the normally clear lens in the front of the eye. Cataracts are caused by a chemical change of unknown origin in the eye, and cause blurred or distorted vision. They cannot be prevented from forming, but early detection through regular eye exams can help maintain the clearest vision possible.

Am I at risk for developing cataracts

Am I at risk for developing cataracts?

People at risk for developing cataracts are over 55 years old, have had eye injuries or disease, have a family history of cataracts, smoke cigarettes or use certain medications. There is no pain associated with the condition, but there are several symptoms that indicate failing vision due to cataracts. These include:

  • Blurred/hazy vision
  • Sensitivity to glare
  • A feeling of “film” over the eye(s)
  • Ghost images or shawdowing
  • A temporary improvement in near vision

Eyeglasses and Contact Lenses

What will help with my vision loss?

Vision loss from cataracts can often be improved with prescription glasses and contact lenses. For people who are significantly affected by cataracts, surgery may be the preferred method of treatment. During cataract the lens is removed and replaced with a premium intraocular lens or IOL. Dr. Ramstead offers state-of-the-art cataract surgery, which is performed without needles or stitches 99% of the time.

What is Cataract Surgery

What is Cataract Surgery?

During cataract surgery, the cloudy lens is emulsified into many small fragments and removed from the eye via a self-sealing wound. The surgery is performed under topical anesthesia and can be done with or without the use of sedation. The intraocular lens choice is customized for the patient during the preoperative assessment. Currently, an intraocular lens is supplied free to the patient as part of their cataract surgery. Recent technological advances have allowed for correction of corneal astigmatism with a Toric intraocular lens. When applicable, patients are welcome to pay for the Toric intraocular lens and improve their chance of spectacle independence for distance acuity.

Is it Safe?

Is it Safe?

Cataract surgery is a safe, efficient way to improve vision loss caused by cataracts. As with all surgeries, there are risks inherent to the procedure, which may result in a less optimal result. Instances of bleeding, infection, inflammation, retinal detachment, damage to the iris (colored part of the eye), and need for a second surgery are possible, but very rare in occurrence.