As many people age, cataracts, or clouding of the normally clear lens of the eye, are an increasingly common problem.Symptoms of cataracts include:
- blurred vision
- light sensitivity
- double vision in one eye
- poor night vision
- color distortion
Southwest Eye Institute offers state-of-the-art premium cataract correction to help patients achieve freedom of clear vision.
- No Stitch
- No Patch
- No Needles
Our Surgeon, Dr. David Malitz, uses advanced proven techniques in performing cataract surgery. Using only a topical anesthetic to numb the eye, the surgeon creates a small incision and uses high-energy sound waves to break the cataract into microscopic particles which are then removed from the eye. To compensate for the removal of the eye’s natural lens, an intra-ocular lens (IOL) is implanted into the eye. After using this special small incision, the eye remains tightly sealed by the natural outward pressure within your eye and no stitches are usually required.
The cataract removal technique Southwest Eye Institute uses is often preferred to traditional methods because patients are more comfortable during and after the procedure. Because this new technique uses eye drops to numb the eye, usually the need for an anesthetic shot, stitches, or a post-surgery patch is eliminated. Another advantage is that most patients notice a rapid visual improvement with this technique.
Cataract Surgery in experienced hands is a very successful surgery with the vast majority of patients achieving improved vision. In fact, if the retina, cornea and optic nerve are healthy, the patient can realistically see 20/20 or better at near and far! More important than 20/20 on an eye chart is functional vision. This means that you can function with your vision. We also often use a term 20/happy. Some patients are not happy with 20/20 and others are thankful to see 20/200. A satisfied patient is largely related to realistic expectations. If you have diabetes that is poorly controlled, cataract surgery may not be able to fully restore your vision. The cataract surgery can even cause more swelling of the retina. With macular degeneration, the jury is out but it appears that cataract surgery probably does not contribute to progression of the disease. Often thr progression from dry macular degeneration to wet is mistaken as a progression of the cataract. As the cataract obscures a clear view of the retina, sometimes with the removal of the cataract, a deterioration of the retina is noted.
We accept virtually all insurance programs and if you are uninsured or underinsured we offer special programs and financing with fees as low as $3600.