What are cataracts?
To understand cataracts and how to correct them, it helps to understand the eye first. The eye focuses images through a lens inside the eye — like a camera uses a lens to focus.
As we age, the lens becomes cloudy and inflexible, causing our vision to blur and increasing our dependence on corrective lenses to refocus from near to far. A cloudy lens is called a cataract.
Across the globe and in Houston, cataracts cause vision problems, making it progressively more difficult to read, drive, or watch TV. If you are over the age of 50, developing cataracts is a regular part of the aging process. Though very uncommon, some individuals develop cataracts as children or young adults. (Further reading: What is a cataract?)
How do I know if I have a cataract?
The best and quickest answer to this question is that you need an eye examination in Houston. An eye examination will determine whether or not you have cataracts and. If you do have cataracts, the examination will also help determine whether or not your cataracts are causing significant damage to your vision.
Many patients ask us, “How do you get rid of cataracts naturally?” While there’s not a proven natural way to get rid of Houston cataracts, you may not need surgery. If the cataract is mild, then cataract treatment may not be needed. Quite often, an updated pair of eyeglasses will help to optimize your vision.
However, if your vision remains blurred in spite of correctly prescribed glasses, then the next step may be to consider cataract surgery in Houston. Regardless, it’s best to consult your doctor, so you can avoid asking the question, “What will happen if a cataract is left untreated?”
If your doctor recommends surgery for your Houston cataracts, there are two simple decisions to make: what kind of cataract treatment procedure you’d like, and what kind of lenses you’d like to use.
Cataract surgery options
If you choose to improve your vision through cataract surgery, Eye Center of Texas offers you three types of cataract treatments. Your choice will be determined by how dependent you are on glasses before your surgery and how well you can see without glasses after your surgery.
Here are our three options for cataract surgery:
- Basic cataract surgery with a basic fixed-focus lens implant to see clearly with bifocal glasses.
- Laser cataract surgery with the astigmatism correction package to see far away without glasses
- Laser cataract surgery — lifestyle package with an advanced technology lens designed to see near and far without glasses
Bladeless cataract surgery
Patients also have the option to choose bladeless cataract surgery. In this procedure, a computer-controlled, bladeless cataract laser performs the most critical steps of the cataract surgery procedure.
Eye Center of Texas was among the first centers to offer this technique. Since then, bladeless cataract surgery in Houston has been one of most popular choices among our patients.
The LenSx laser is the most technologically advanced option for cataracts patients today. A custom map of your eye is made using the laser which means the cataracts surgery procedure is 100% customized.
Types of lenses
After selecting the operation that is right for you, you’ll have your choice of the kind of lens used to replace your cataract.
Multifocal intraocular lens
The multifocal intraocular lens is designed to provide you with a full range of bright, sharp vision. These lenses can correct for nearsightedness, farsightedness, and presbyopia.
This lens will free you from both cataract and presbyopia at the same time.
Astigmatism-correcting intraocular lens
The astigmatism correcting Toric lens implants are exclusive, astigmatism correcting lenses that treat both cataracts and astigmatism and can repair your astigmatism while replacing your clouded natural lenses.
The Monofocal lens is the most basic type of lens implant used to correct vision after cataract surgery.
Our cataract surgeons have years of experience and use the safest, most advanced cataract surgical techniques and technology, all of which allows us to personalize a procedure that will be just right for your eyes.
Knowing how to choose a cataract surgeon is important, and a great way to start is to check their experience and credentials.
Dr. Mark Mayo, M.D., is a native Houstonian. He grew up in Spring Branch and is a graduate of Stratford High School. He attended the University of Texas at Austin where he was accepted into the Plan II Interdisciplinary Honors Programs.
Dr. Edward Wade, M.D., F.A.C.S., a native of El Paso, Texas, graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Illinois and was awarded the Bronze Tablet Award, a distinction given to only the top 2 percent of the class.
Cataract surgery in Houston: what our patients are saying
A surgeon’s reputation is an important factor when you’re choosing your next cataract surgeon. We encourage you to read through the reviews and testimonials of our satisfied Houston cataract patients.
Having our patients see success is the most rewarding part of our work. For you, clear and vibrant vision could be closer than you think.
Cost of cataract surgery in Houston
For cataract surgery in Houston, cost should never be a barrier to getting rid of cataracts. Many patients find that Medicare and if applicable, private insurance often help with much of the cost.
Here are more details about cataract surgery cost. We encourage you to speak with our doctors and staff to find the best game plan for you.
Experience you can trust
At Eye Center of Texas, we have years of experience and offer the safest, most advanced cataract surgical techniques and technology.
Contact us today at 713-797-1010 or schedule an appointment online for the best cataract surgery Houston has to offer.
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