Houston Custom Cataract Surgery
Since 1999, Whitsett Vision Group has provided the highest quality of cataract care in the Greater Houston area. Today, we continue to set the standard in advanced lens implant technology, and excellent visual outcomes after cataract surgery.
What are Cataracts?
A cataract is a clouding of the lens within your eye. The lens is designed to pick up images and focus them on the retina, which then sends them to your brain. When clouding occurs, it makes it very difficult to see the world around you as the light is obstructed on its route to the retina. Cataracts can be caused by a number of things but most commonly stem from natural aging. Particular mediations, diseases, and injuries can also contribute to your risk for cataracts.
Cataracts are a natural part of the eye’s aging process, and are present in sixty percent of people over 60, and eighty percent of people over 70. Cataracts are a progressive condition, meaning that once the eye’s natural lens begins to cloud, the condition will continue to worsen. Cataract cause visual changes by interfering with light passing through the eye to the retina. In some cases, cataracts progress extremely quickly, while in others may take years to cause a noticeable change in vision. Once cataracts become more mature, they typically result in blurred or clouded vision and light sensitivity. This can make activities like reading and driving at night very difficult.
- Decreased vision
- Difficulty reading, even with corrective lenses
- Blurred or clouded vision
- Light Sensitivity
- Difficulty distinguishing colors
- Halos or Starbursts around lights
- Decreased night vision
- Lack of depth perception
Almost everyone will develop cataracts in their lifetime, as they are a natural part of the aging process, however some conditions may cause cataracts to form earlier than in others.
- Ocular trauma
- Long-term oral steroid use
- UV Radiation
If you suspect that you may have cataracts or have been told that you have cataracts by your optometrist, you will need to schedule a cataract evaluation with one of our experience ophthalmologists. Our doctors and staff will perform a variety of diagnostic tests, and ask you questions about your lifestyle and vision to determine if you are ready for cataract surgery. Generally, once cataracts begin to interfere with your everyday activities and hobbies, a cataract should be treated.
Once a cataract matures and begins to impair vision, no medication or corrective lenses will help improve vision. The only way to restore good vision is through surgery. While the essence of cataract surgery – removal of the natural lens – has remained the same for centuries, the specific techniques and technologies used have progressed tremendously, leading to the advanced procedure our Houston ophthalmologists perform today.
During your cataract surgery, your surgeon will use phacoemulsification (ultrasound technology) to break up and remove the clouded natural lens in your eye. They will then replace your natural lens with a flexible, clear intraocular lens (IOL.) Because of the incredible advancements in cataract surgery, there are many different options and technologies to consider for your cataract surgery, and our surgical counselors and staff will educate you about those options.
With cataract surgery technology advancing so quickly, it is important for today’s cataract patient to seek out a surgeon who has access to, and is experienced in the most advanced techniques and technology. The cataract surgeons at Whitsett Vision Group are committed to offering the newest, safest, most effective technology. Our status as a sought-after clinical research center ensures that our surgeons get an early look at new developments in cataract surgery, and allows us to be early adopters of the most promising lens implant technology.
Thanks to these advances in technology, cataract surgery patients have many options when it comes to choosing their lens implant technology. Your lifestyle, hobbies, and visual goals after cataract surgery will help your doctor determine which technology might be best for you.
Custom Lens Implant & Technology Options
Cataract surgery is performed at an outpatient surgical center, and is a relatively quick procedure. Typically, patients can expect to spend a couple of hours at the surgical center, and go home shortly after the procedure is completed.
You can expect to arrive approximately one hour prior to your procedure. Once you have checked in, you will begin to be prepared for surgery by the medical staff. The nurses will clean the area around your eye, and numbing eye drops will be used to numb your eye. Once your eye is numb, an eyelid holder, or speculum, will be placed between your eyelids to keep your eye open during your procedure.
Your surgeon will make a tiny incision, less than 1/8 of an inch wide, and use gentle vacuum suction to remove the natural lens from your eye. Next, through the same micro-incision, the new intraocular lens will be inserted, unfolded, and placed into the proper position. The incision is “self-healing” and usually requires no stitches — it heals quickly and provides a much more comfortable recuperation. The whole procedure usually takes approximately 15-30 minutes.
You will go home shortly after the surgery and relax for the rest of the day. Everyone heals somewhat differently, but many patients report visual improvements within a few hours of their procedure. Most patients return to their normal activities within a day or two, with some limited restrictions for 1-2 weeks. Your surgeon will discuss any restrictions with you.