Cataract Treatment Options

What Is A Cataract?

Happens when there is the clouding of an eye’s lens. Types of cataracts form when the two dominant elements that make up our eye’s lens, water and protein, “clump” together and block/blur vision.

This condition is very common and affects nearly half of all Americans by the age of 80. The good news is that you don’t have to live with cataracts.

What are the symptoms of cataracts?

If you answer “Yes” to any of these questions, you may be showing early signs of developing cataracts, or have one already. Schedule a consultation
  • Is your vision yellowing?
  • Do you see a lot of glare?
  • Are colors changing?
  • Are you having difficulty driving or recognizing faces?

Frequently Asked Questions

Is clouding of the lens treatable?
Yes! For those who have already developed a formal eye problem, typically found in patients ages 60 and above, we recommend modern cataract surgery. Learn more about surgery here.

For younger patients who exhibit the beginning stages of vision problems, but do not have a fully-developed cataract, we recommend Clear Lens Exchange (CLE). This procedure corrects vision and eliminates the inevitable need for surgery later in life. With CLE, a very advanced implantable lens is put in the place of your eye’s original lens. This new lens corrects distance vision and astigmatism. It’s a permanent lens and the patient will not develop a risk of cataracts
What are the risk factors?
By the age of 80, most Americans will have developed blurred vision, which can occur when your human lens becomes clouded to such an extent that it affects your vision and quality of life. This condition typically occurs with age, but can also result from trauma, disease, and use of certain medications.

Several groups have an increased risk for developing cortical cataracts and eventually need surgery. Examples include:
  • Smokers
  • Diabetics
  • Steroid users
  • Patients who have experienced trauma

If you have cataracts, or plan to have cataract surgery, and you would like to be evaluated, the doctors of Florida Vision Institute would be delighted to assist you. Our doctors are recognized by their patients and colleagues as innovators and pioneers in age related cataract surgery.

Eye care and treatment is offered in our offices in Stuart, West Palm Beach, Tradition, Port St. Lucie and Jupiter. Call us today so we can help you achieve a brighter future!
How do I know if I have a cataract?
Typically, we find that a key indicator of development is the introduction of "night halos" or glares in vision. That, coupled with the above signs (difficulty driving and reading or colors appearing less sharp/vivid) may be warning signs of a contact lenses.

However, the BEST way to know if you have or are developing vision problems is by scheduling a consultation with one of our eye doctors. There, a doctor will run tests to properly assess your vision and whether or not cataract surgery is right for you.
How long does the initial consultation take?
About 2 hours, including the diagnostic procedures.
What is eye surgery?
eye surgery is a simple procedure with an excellent success record. The clouded natural lens is replaced with an artificial lens called an intraocular lens (IOL). It is done on an outpatient basis with a topical anesthetic that will make it a painless procedure. One eye is done at a time, with a short healing period in between.

After making a very small incision outside your field of vision, your eye surgeon will insert a tiny probe and use ultrasound to break up the clouded natural lens. With suction, the pieces are easily removed, and through the same incision, the IOL is inserted and positioned correctly. You may have a protective shield to wear during sleep for about a week, and your eye surgeon will prescribe eye drops to be used several times each day for several weeks. For best results, it is very important that you follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions exactly.
What is Clear Lens Exchange?
Clear Lens Exchange (CLE) is a surgical vision correction procedure that restores nearsightedness and farsightedness, and eliminates the need for eventual eye surgery later in life.