It’s estimated that nearly 25 million Americans have cataracts, the leading cause of blindness in the US. Fortunately, cataracts can usually be corrected, and when you undergo cataract surgery, you don’t just lose the cataract, you gain significantly improved vision with a new intraocular lens (IOL). The experienced doctors at UltraVision have helped many adults achieve better vision with cataract surgery. If you have questions about your vision or cataract surgery, call one of the offices in San Antonio or Eagle Pass, Texas, or book an appointment online.
When a cataract develops, your lens, which is normally clear, becomes cloudy, as proteins in the lens begin to clump together. Cataracts may be caused by eye surgery or an injury, but in most cases, they naturally develop as you get older.
A cataract can start to form in your 40s, but it won’t affect your vision until it gets larger, which usually happens 10-20 years later. When a cataract goes untreated, it can lead to blindness.
As your cataracts increase in size, you may experience:
You may also find that your eyes are more sensitive to light or that bright colors appear yellow or dull.
You may form one of several types of cataracts, such as:
With nuclear cataracts, the center of your lens gradually hardens and yellows, causing the primary symptom of blurry vision.
In the early stages of cataracts, you may get by with eyeglasses and appropriate lighting when you read. Once your cataracts seriously affect your vision, there’s only one treatment option: surgery to remove the defective lens and replace it with a new intraocular lens.
Before your surgery, your doctor at UltraVision takes a detailed digital image of your eye using the Verion™ Image Guided System. Then, they map out your surgery using the precise measurements obtained from the Verion.
Your surgery is performed using an advanced system called Zepto®, which uses pulsed light technology to soften and remove the cataract and lens.
The capsule that holds the lens in place is usually retained, so for the final step, your doctor places your new intraocular lens into the existing capsule.
Your new lens will also correct refractive vision problems. You can get specialized lenses, such as:
To schedule an eye exam to track your cataract progression, call UltraVision or book an appointment online.