When you have advanced cataracts, trying to see clearly feels like trying to look through a foggy window. At EVERY EYE Care in Fayetteville, Georgia, optometrist and practice owner Terrence Roberts, OD can diagnose your cataracts, even in early form, and prescribe an effective treatment to delay their progression. Book now using the online tool or by calling the EVERY EYE Care office.
Cataracts are a disorder that causes milky white clouding of your eyes. In most cases, cataracts develop later in life. By the age of 80, most Americans have or have had one or more cataracts.
Advanced cataracts make it very difficult to see, and can even cause total loss of sight. However, with effective cataract management, you won't have to sacrifice your sight to cataracts.
Dr. Roberts may find one or more cataracts during your regular eye exam, even if you've never had any vision problems. If your cataracts are mild, you may not need any treatment right away. Dr. Roberts can monitor mild cataracts to see how they progress.
If your cataract symptoms grow worse, and you're having difficulty driving, reading, or doing other basic day-to-day things, Dr. Roberts may recommend cataract removal.
Dr. Roberts co-manages your care with trusted and experienced local cataract surgeon. Dr. Roberts will continue providing your eye care up until the surgery.
During the cataract surgery, your surgeon removes your eye's natural lens and places a synthetic lens — an intraocular implant — in its place while you’re under local anesthesia or have anesthetic eye drops in your eyes. This new lens restores your clear vision, as it acts just like your own lens did before the cataract growth.
Cataract removal surgery is very successful at restoring vision in a great majority of patients today. In most cases, your cataract surgeon uses a minimally invasive technique, called phacoemulsification, for the cataract removal.
In this technique, your surgeon creates a tiny incision in the corner of your cornea and then a small opening in the membrane protecting your eye lens. Using a tiny ultrasonic-powered tool, your surgeon pulverizes the cataract into microscopic pieces and then carefully aspirates that material from your eye.
Your surgeon replaces any aspirated fluids with a balanced saline solution, and then inserts your new intraocular implant. Generally, cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure. You'll continue to see Dr. Roberts for postoperative care and for your regular vision care in the future.
Don't let cataracts cloud your sight. Make your appointment at EVERY EYE Care using the online tool or by phone today.