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Safe, Sophisticated Cataracts Treatment

Older woman reading a bookCataracts are one of the most common age-related eye conditions, resulting when protein cells clump together within your natural lens and block light entering the your eye, resulting in distorted vision. An up-to-date glasses prescription and ample lighting can help temporarily, but surgery is the only permanent solution. If you suffer from cataracts, El Paso Eye Surgeons can offer you outstanding surgical treatment using sophisticated techniques and intraocular lenses (IOLs) to restore your vision. Our advanced technology and experienced surgeons can safely restore your vision and improve your quality of life. Don't wait any longer to overcome this treatable condition. Schedule a cataracts consultation with us today.

Cataract Symptoms and Diagnosis

Vision loss is the most common symptom of cataracts. Typically this occurs very slowly, so patients may not realize they have cataracts until the condition has become advanced. Other symptoms can include:

  • Glare
  • Halos
  • Difficulties with night vision
  • Double vision
  • Colors appearing less vibrant

Fortunately, cataracts are easy to diagnose. Your doctor may use a standard vision test, or a retinal or slit lamp exam to check your iris, lens, and cornea.

Cataract Surgery

By replacing a compromised crystalline lens with an IOL, your eye surgeon can help you to see more clearly. Depending on the IOL you choose, it may also reduce or eliminate your need for prescription eye wear.

During your surgery, the doctor will first administer a local anesthetic. He will then create a tiny incision, granting access to the lens. Next, ultrasound waves will break the clouded lens into tiny pieces. A special suction device will then vacuum the pieces out of the eye, through the incisions. Your doctor will then place the IOL. Performed on millions of patients every year, cataract surgery is extremely safe, and recovery is fast and safe. You can expect to return to activity and work soon after surgery. For the first several days after surgery, you will need to avoid strenuous activities, and should use medicated eye drops for several weeks, as instructed by your doctor.

If you have cataract surgery performed on both eyes, your doctor will typically wait several weeks between the procedures. Thanks to advanced technology, patients who have undergone LASIK in the past can undergo cataract surgery without compromising the effects of refractive surgery. 

IOLs

At El Paso Eye Surgeons, we offer three types of IOL:

  • Monofocal: Monofocal IOLs provide vision correction at only one distance. With monofocal IOLs, most patients will continue to wear glasses after surgery.
  • Multifocal: These lenses correct vision at varying distances, and can often reduce or eliminate the need for glasses. We carry several trusted brands, including ReSTOR®, ReZoom™, and Crystalens®.
  • Toric: This type of lens can effectively treat astigmatism, a condition that results when your cornea is irregularly shaped.

Dr. Gulbas or Dr. Gallardo will discuss the various types of IOLs at your initial consultation and help you choose the lens that provides you with the greatest benefit.

Regain Your Clear Vision

If your vision has been compromised by cataracts, we can help you. Contact El Paso Eye Surgeons today to learn more about cataract surgery and schedule your appointment.

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