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A cataract clouds your eye’s lens and occurs gradually as you age. They’re not contagious, but cataracts usually develop in both eyes simultaneously.
When you have a cataract, it distorts the light coming into your eye. This distortion inhibits the light from focusing clearly on the retina at the back of your eye, causing a gradual impairment of vision. If untreated, cataracts can cause needless blindness.
A variety of symptoms indicate you could be developing a cataract:
If you notice any of these signs before your annual eye exam, don’t wait. Call and make an appointment.
To stop cataracts from progressing, Dr. O’Day and Dr. Achiron perform an outpatient surgery to replace the damaged lens.
First, you receive either numbing eye drops or a shot to block the pain along with medicine to help you relax. During the procedure, they make an incision using a laser. Then, the cloudy cataract lens is broken apart and removed. Finally, they place an artificial lens (IOL) in your eye.
Thanks to the breakthroughs of AcrySof ReStor, Crystalens, and TECNIS Multifocal IOL’s, cataract patients now have the option to replace their natural lens with a multifocal lens.
Unlike standard cataract replacement lenses, which are monofocal and only improve distance vision, multifocal IOL lenses restore a fuller range of vision. Most men and women never need glasses again.
LIFE SYNCHRONICITY is a varifocal lens that optimizes your vision at all distances. These lenses have curvature in sync with your vision needs that’s created using specialized technology.
Another option is TECNIS IOL. This multifocal lens helps with vision at far, near, and intermediate distances and versions are available for men and women with astigmatism. During your cataract surgery, Dr. O’Day or Dr. Achiron inserts this lens implant to reduce, or even eliminate, your need for glasses.
Make an appointment at Atlanta Vision Cataract & Laser Center using the online form to see if you’re a candidate for advanced cataract surgery.
Feel free to email us regarding any scheduling or general questions!