What is a cataract?
A cataract is the clouding of the eye’s natural crystalline lens. It is has been said that if you live long enough you will eventually get cataracts. In fact, everyone who lives into their late 60’s develops at least mild cataracts. The process of developing cataracts can be slow and take years to mature, so this is precisely why you cannot immediately be sure that you have a cataract.
When your lens gets bigger, you become a little more near-sighted. So in the early stages of cataracts, simply changing your glasses prescription will usually restore your sight.
But as you continue to get older, the cataract gets more and more cloudy, and eventually not even a change in your glasses prescription will improve your sight. At that point, the only way to restore your vision is to remove the cataract.
Cataract surgery is the most common surgical procedure performed on adults in the United States. Our team of ophthalmologist offers the latest technology for cataract treatment and cataract surgery for our clients in the greater Dallas and Fort Worth, TX area. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, generally takes a half hour or less, and recovery time is usually only a few days.
What causes a cataract?
Cataracts are caused mainly by age, trauma, heredity, and exposure to ultraviolet radiation. Cataracts can also occur as a result of eye disease, after the use of certain medications, or as a result of medical conditions such as diabetes.
• The Aging Eye – Age is a major cause of developing cataracts
• Exposure to open fires – Too much exposure to fires and smoke can cause cataracts
• Smoking cigarettes over a long period of time
• Birt defects like abnormal conditions in the eyes of unborn babies
• Environmental factors such as disease, toxic chemicals, medications
• Eye Trauma or Injuries to the eye
• Exposure to UV light
Important things to know
Prior to having cataract surgery, it is important to discuss how you want to see after cataract surgery. We provide various options with lens implants for seeing at multiple distances after cataract surgery. Discuss your options with one of our cataract surgeons during your visit to our office. Even if you have astigmatism there are implant options that can correct this vision disorder after surgery. Our practice provides multiple lens implant options and we can custom create a treatment protocol depending on how you want to see in the future. This a very important part of creating your best possible vision.
What happens during cataract surgery?
Cataract surgery is a two-step procedure—first the cataract eye surgeon removes your cloudy lens, and second, a new lens implant is inserted into your eye. The cloudy lens is removed with a tiny instrument that enters your eye through a small incision—usually one-eighth of an inch or smaller—and gently breaks the cataract into tiny pieces that are then removed from the eye with a miniature vacuum cleaner.
Once the cataract is out, you will need a new lens in order to focus after surgery. Artificial lens implants—made of plastic-like materials—are used to restore your ability to focus after surgery. These implants come in many different strengths, like glasses, and before your cataract operation, your doctor will perform several measurements to determine the appropriate lens implant strength for your eye.
Restoring Vision in Aging Eyes with Lens Implants
For many people in their late 40s or older, the dream of life without reading glasses and bifocals is becoming a reality thanks to revolutionary breakthroughs in lens implant technology. Tylock-George Eye Care & Laser Center is proud to provide high quality cataract surgery for Dallas, Fort Worth residents by offering Crystalens® AO, Trulign® Toric (for astigmatism), ReSTOR®, and Tecnis® Multifocal implants. These “Advanced Technology Vision Implants” deliver a high level of glasses-free vision at distances near, far, and in between.
How do lens implants work?
Most people’s near vision remains functional until some time in their 40s. At that time, the eye’s natural crystalline lens begins to gradually thicken and harden, making it difficult for the muscles to automatically focus the lens. By replacing this natural crystalline lens with the Crystalens® AO, Trulign® Toric (for astigmatism), ReSTOR®, and Tecnis® Multifocal implants, Dr. George can help restore vision for his patients.
The Tylock Advantage
At Tylock-George Eye Care & Laser Center, our practice combines three components we refer to as the Tylock Advantage: education, experience, and technology. This approach allows us to provide our patients with a superior level of eye care in a safe environment. As Director and Chief Surgeon at Tylock-George Eye Care & Laser Center, cataract surgeon Dr. Michael George brings extensive educational background and experience to his patients. He and his staff choose to use only the latest and most reliable technology to achieve total vision for his patients. By utilizing the Crystalens®, ReSTOR®, Trulign® Toric and Tecnis Multifocal procedures, Dr. George demonstrates his commitment to providing safe and effective cataract surgery in Dallas, Fort Worth with state-of-the-art technology.
Contact Tylock-George Eye Care & Laser Center today to learn more about the vision correction treatments or cataract surgery in Dallas, Fort Worth available at our facility.