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Cataracts

Although cataracts occur as part of the normal aging process, they can severely reduce your vision. Studies show that virtually everyone over age 65 has some cataract formation in their eyes. At one time, cataracts were a leading cause of blindness in the world. Today, fortunately, they can be treated successfully. Modern surgical techniques, intraocular lens (IOL) implantation, and "same day surgery" make treating cataracts safe, fast, and effective. 

What Is a Cataract?

A cataract occurs when the normally clear lens of the eye becomes cloudy. As the cataract develops, the cloudiness prevents the lens from properly focusing light on the back of the eye. This unfocused light causes vision to appear blurry or hazy. Development of cataracts has been associated with exposure to ultraviolet radiation. They are particularly prevalent in people who spend significant amounts of time in the sun, such as fisherman. There is no known way to prevent the formation of cataracts. 

Cataract Treatment

At Bonner Eye Clinic, we focus on proven cataract treatment options that will allow you to recover clear vision. Treatment is usually recommended once decreased vision begins to affect your everyday activities or hobbies. To determine how much your vision has decreased, we use the latest test called contrast sensitivity. This allows us to determine to what extent the cataract is interfering with your normal vision. 
 
Armed with this information, the doctors at Bonner Eye Clinic use cataract surgery -- a very successful procedure in which the normal cloudy lens is removed -- to help restore your vision. The most commonly used technique is called phacoemulsification. During this procedure, a very small incision is made, and a tiny ultrasonic probe is used to break up the cataract and gently suction it away. An intraocular lens implant (IOL) is then placed behind the eye's clear membrane. The IOL replaces the focusing power of the removed natural lens and renders thick eyeglasses or contact lenses unnecessary. 
 
Intraocular Lens Options 
 
TECNIS Intraocular Lens (IOL) 
 
Crystalens Intraocular Lens (IOL) 
 

Benefits of Cataract Surgery

The small incision cataract surgery that we use at Bonner Eye Clinic has several benefits. Cataract surgery and IOL implantation are generally very safe. IOLs must pass through a stringent approval process before they can be used. The procedure is very quick, sometimes taking less than 20 minutes. Also, the recovery time is short, and the results of the surgery are almost immediate. You will notice significant improvement in your vision soon after the surgery is completed.
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