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About Cataracts

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About The Retina

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About The Cornea

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Cataracts: Overview

Cataracts Overview

Cataracts: Symptoms

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Cataracts: Treatment Overview

Cataracts Treatment Overview
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About Cataracts

Do you have questions about cataracts?

Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions about cataracts. If you think that you have a cataract, call us!

Important!

  • A website can go only so far in answering your questions about cataracts. Your eyes are unique and your vision is precious! If you suspect that you have a cataract, you should be evaluated by an eye care professional, who will answer ALL of your questions.
  • Even if you think you do NOT have cataracts, you should seek medical attention from an eye care professional if you are having troublesome eye symptoms.
What is a Cataract?

Like the lens of a camera, the eye’s lens focuses to keep the images of both close and distant objects clear. Over time, the lens becomes less transparent. Most often, this clouding takes place slowly as proteins within the lens degenerate.

What causes a CATARACT? Are CATARACTS inevitable?

Yes and no.

If you live long enough, you will almost certainly develop cataracts, because they are art of the normal aging process, but they may not progress to the point that they affect your ability to engage in daily activities. However, studies suggest that accumulated exposure to ultraviolet light causes the natural lens to cloud, and that certain lifestyle choices and relatively common health conditions, like diabetes, hasten cataract development.

Nutrition may play at least a limited role. Heavy salt consumption, for example, appears to increase the risk of significant cataract development. Some research suggests that antioxidant vitamins, like vitamin A (beta-carotene), vitamins C and E, and selenium, may slow cataract development. All of these nutrients are available in common multivitamin formulas. Beyond that, the use of nutritional supplements carries its own risks, so you should consult your physician before adding them to your diet.

How would I know if I have a CATARACT?

Cataracts do NOT generally cause pain, discomfort, redness, discharge, or sudden, alarming vision changes that would lead you to see immediate help. The changes caused by cataracts generally develop so slowly that you probably would not notice them until they are serious enough to affect your normal lifestyle.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Am I having difficulty driving at night?
  • Is it more difficult to see distant objects?
  • Does my vision seem blurred or dim?
  • Have my eyes become more sensitive to light and glare?
  • Do I see a halo around lights?
  • Do colors seem “dull”?
  • Have I had to change eyeglass prescriptions more frequently than usual?
  • Do I need brighter light for reading?
  • Does my vision sometimes seem distorted?
  • Do I see “ghost” images?
  • Have I experienced double vision in one eye only?

All of these things are difficulties commonly associated with cataracts. Only a professional can determine if cataracts are the cause of your symptoms. If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s time to call Oregon Trail Eye Center to schedule an evaluation.

IMPORTANT! Even if you think you do NOT have cataracts, you should seek medical attention from an eye care professional if you are having troublesome eye symptoms.

What can be done about a CATARACT?

The ONLY effective treatment for a cataract is to remove the clouded lens. Not all that many years ago, surgery to remove cataracts involved making a large incision in the eye—and incision that had to be closed with stitches, which made recovery lengthy and uncomfortable. Because the eye’s natural lens had been removed, the patient had to wear eyeglasses with thick lenses to take over the job of focusing.

That was then. NOW it’s possible to restore clear vision and reclaim your life with relatively little discomfort or inconvenience! Modern cataract surgery techniques involve only a VERY SMALL incision that requires NO STITCHES!

When is it time to SCHEDULE a CATARACT CONSULTATION?

If you suspect that you have a cataract, it’s a good idea to schedule a cataract consultation, even if you don’t feel quite ready for surgery yet.

Why? Simply being examined for cataracts can help protect the health of your vision.

Your evaluation may detect more than cataracts. Eye disease like glaucoma and macular degeneration are ‘silent,’ meaning that they don’t cause pain or alarming symptoms that would prompt you to seek medical attention. They often go untreated because people don’t realize there is a problem until they begin to lose vision—vision that they probably won’t be able to get back. If you have developed glaucoma or macular degeneration since your last eye exam, your cataract evaluation may give you the ‘heads-up’ you need to get treatment before these silent thieves steal your vision!

What can I expect during a CATARACT CONSULTATION?

It generally takes about two hours for the doctor, usually assisted by specially trained technicians, to gather all of the data needed and to discuss the results and your options with you and any family members you may want to participate in your decision. You will be asked what medicines you are taking, whether you have any allergies, the details of your medical history, as well as the history of your eyes’ health.

Your evaluation will include a ‘dilated’ eye exam—the type that makes your eyes sensitive to light for a few hours. Some people are able to drive themselves home, but many bring a driver with them.

After your eyes are dilated, your doctor may use a variety of high-tech equipment, such as a ‘slit lamp’ microscope and OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography), to get a good view of the eye’s retina and optic nerve. Your doctor will also perform what’s called ‘refraction,’ the same test used to determine your eyeglass prescription and your best possible vision under a variety of lighting conditions. Computerized measurements of your cornea (the clear covering of the front of your eye) will be taken. Cataract surgery involves replacing the eye’s clouded natural lens with a crystal clear lens implant, and your cataract evaluation includes testing and measurements that ensure that the replacement lens is a good fit for your eye.

Your doctor will review all of this information and then meet with you to discuss your treatment options. If surgery is recommended, you and your doctor will also review your replacement lens options.

If you decide to have surgery, you will probably meet with the member of the team who coordinates scheduling surgery and follow-up appointments. This person can also answer many of your questions. You will be given the information you need to prepare for the day of surgery, as well as instructions for caring for yourself after surgery.

At every step in the process, you will have opportunities to ask questions and get the answers you need to make a good decision.

Where is CATARACT SURGERY performed?

At Oregon Trail Eye Center, cataract surgery does NOT involve a hospital stay, because our surgeons perform the procedure at our own eye surgery center. Yes, cataract surgery is an OUTPATIENT procedure that generally takes less than 15 minutes, with minimal discomfort.

What happens during CATARACT SURGERY?
  • Topical eye drops are administered to numb the eye and dilate the pupil, and medications are given to help you relax.
  • NO needles and NO stitches are used.
  • You will feel only slight pressure.
  • The procedure is performed with small instruments under the high magnification of a microscope.
  • Ultrasound energy fragments the cataract into small pieces that are easily removed through the small incision.
  • The surgeon replaces the clouded lens with an artificial lens implant that restores some of the eye’s ability to focus.
  • After the procedure, eye drops will be administered to control inflammation and prevent infection.
  • The tiny opening heals naturally and with very little recovery time.

Our eye surgeons have removed more than [ # ] cataracts!

When can I RESUME NORMAL ACTIVITY?

Most patients are able to drive and return to work after only two to three days. The eye may still be sensitive to touch and to light, and sunglasses are recommended for outdoor activity. Your doctor will advise you as to when you can resume the use of eye makeup and answer your questions as to other activities you should avoid while the eye is healing.

How EFFECTIVE is CATARACT SURGERY?

Most patients are able to drive and return to work after only two to three days. The eye may still be sensitive to touch and to light, and sunglasses are recommended for outdoor activity. Your doctor will advise you as to when you can resume the use of eye makeup and answer your questions as to other activities you should avoid while the eye is healing.

What is a “premium lifestyle lens” implant?

During cataract surgery, the surgeon removes the lens that has been clouded by a cataract and replaces it with a new crystal-clear lens implant.

Before surgery, you will be asked to select the type of lens you want to have implanted. Relax—there are no ‘bad’ choices; each of the lenses you will be offered will give you clear vision. The choice you make will be affected by, among other things, how you feel about remaining dependent on reading glasses or bifocals after your cataract surgery.

One of your choices is a MONOFOCAL replacement lens. You will have clear vision, but this lens cannot compensate for age-related loss of reading vision (“presbyopia”), so those who opt for this type of replacement lens usually need glasses to improve near vision or to fine-tune distance vision. Most monofocal lens recipients are quite happy with their choice. However, if you are very bothered by your need for reading glasses or bifocals, you may want to consider another type of lens.

You may find an advanced MULTIFOCAL replacement lens implant (what we call a “premium lifestyle implant) a more appealing option if being less dependent on bifocals and reading glasses is important to you. The revolutionary design of a premium lifestyle replacement lens implant makes it possible to take vision to a new level by restoring youthful ability to focus on objects at varying distances. These lenses are engineered to provide a full range of quality vision and may reduce your dependence on glasses or contacts.

Which replacement lens is right for ME?

This question can be answered only after careful consideration of the health of your eyes, your individual lifestyle and the demands of your occupation and hobbies.

Before advising you, your eye surgeon will want to know more about:

  • The kind of work you do
  • How many hours a day you read and what types of reading you do
  • How many hours a day you use a computer
  • The types of outdoor activities you enjoy
  • Your hobbies, and whether you do close work, like sewing or knitting
  • How much driving you do at night
  • Whether you like to travel
  • How bothered you are by wearing glasses

Ultimately, the decision is yours. Ask yourself, “What would my life be like without glasses?” If you opt for a premium lifestyle replacement lens, your surgeon will select the technology that best meets the visual demands you face.

Can EYE DROPS cure a CATARACT?

ABSOLUTELY NOT. Eye drops CANNOT cure, dissolve, or otherwise eliminate a cataract.

The Internet has provided a largely unregulated marketplace for those who sell unproven and ineffective treatments for everything from baldness to cataracts. The sellers’ claims may seem impressive: eye drops that supposedly “dissolve” cataracts in four months. No prescription necessary. Just ‘click here’ and enter your credit card information.

No matter how sophisticated these claims may seem, a cataract (the clouding of the eye’s natural lens) cannot be treated with drops of any type because the lens is located inside of the eye, behind the iris and pupil—not on or near the surface of the eye.

Even so, it’s easy to be taken in by their sales pitches because the sellers of these useless treatments are very skilled at exploiting a natural fear of surgery. There may be no ‘miracle’ cure, but modern cataract correction at Oregon Trail Eye Center is so CONVENIENT, SAFE, COMFORTABLE, EFFECTIVE, and AFFORDABLE that many of our patients call the change in their vision “miraculous.” And that is REAL VALUE that you will be able to actually SEE.

About Cataracts

Do you have questions about cataracts?

Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions about cataracts. If you think that you have a cataract, call us!

Important!

  • A website can go only so far in answering your questions about cataracts. Your eyes are unique and your vision is precious! If you suspect that you have a cataract, you should be evaluated by an eye care professional, who will answer ALL of your questions.
  • Even if you think you do NOT have cataracts, you should seek medical attention from an eye care professional if you are having troublesome eye symptoms.
What is a Cataract?

Like the lens of a camera, the eye’s lens focuses to keep the images of both close and distant objects clear. Over time, the lens becomes less transparent. Most often, this clouding takes place slowly as proteins within the lens degenerate.

What causes a CATARACT? Are CATARACTS inevitable?

Yes and no.

If you live long enough, you will almost certainly develop cataracts, because they are art of the normal aging process, but they may not progress to the point that they affect your ability to engage in daily activities. However, studies suggest that accumulated exposure to ultraviolet light causes the natural lens to cloud, and that certain lifestyle choices and relatively common health conditions, like diabetes, hasten cataract development.

Nutrition may play at least a limited role. Heavy salt consumption, for example, appears to increase the risk of significant cataract development. Some research suggests that antioxidant vitamins, like vitamin A (beta-carotene), vitamins C and E, and selenium, may slow cataract development. All of these nutrients are available in common multivitamin formulas. Beyond that, the use of nutritional supplements carries its own risks, so you should consult your physician before adding them to your diet.

How would I know if I have a CATARACT?

Cataracts do NOT generally cause pain, discomfort, redness, discharge, or sudden, alarming vision changes that would lead you to see immediate help. The changes caused by cataracts generally develop so slowly that you probably would not notice them until they are serious enough to affect your normal lifestyle.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Am I having difficulty driving at night?
  • Is it more difficult to see distant objects?
  • Does my vision seem blurred or dim?
  • Have my eyes become more sensitive to light and glare?
  • Do I see a halo around lights?
  • Do colors seem “dull”?
  • Have I had to change eyeglass prescriptions more frequently than usual?
  • Do I need brighter light for reading?
  • Does my vision sometimes seem distorted?
  • Do I see “ghost” images?
  • Have I experienced double vision in one eye only?

All of these things are difficulties commonly associated with cataracts. Only a professional can determine if cataracts are the cause of your symptoms. If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s time to call Oregon Trail Eye Center to schedule an evaluation.

IMPORTANT! Even if you think you do NOT have cataracts, you should seek medical attention from an eye care professional if you are having troublesome eye symptoms.

What can be done about a CATARACT?

The ONLY effective treatment for a cataract is to remove the clouded lens. Not all that many years ago, surgery to remove cataracts involved making a large incision in the eye—and incision that had to be closed with stitches, which made recovery lengthy and uncomfortable. Because the eye’s natural lens had been removed, the patient had to wear eyeglasses with thick lenses to take over the job of focusing.

That was then. NOW it’s possible to restore clear vision and reclaim your life with relatively little discomfort or inconvenience! Modern cataract surgery techniques involve only a VERY SMALL incision that requires NO STITCHES!

When is it time to SCHEDULE a CATARACT CONSULTATION?

If you suspect that you have a cataract, it’s a good idea to schedule a cataract consultation, even if you don’t feel quite ready for surgery yet.

Why? Simply being examined for cataracts can help protect the health of your vision.

Your evaluation may detect more than cataracts. Eye disease like glaucoma and macular degeneration are ‘silent,’ meaning that they don’t cause pain or alarming symptoms that would prompt you to seek medical attention. They often go untreated because people don’t realize there is a problem until they begin to lose vision—vision that they probably won’t be able to get back. If you have developed glaucoma or macular degeneration since your last eye exam, your cataract evaluation may give you the ‘heads-up’ you need to get treatment before these silent thieves steal your vision!

What can I expect during a CATARACT CONSULTATION?

It generally takes about two hours for the doctor, usually assisted by specially trained technicians, to gather all of the data needed and to discuss the results and your options with you and any family members you may want to participate in your decision. You will be asked what medicines you are taking, whether you have any allergies, the details of your medical history, as well as the history of your eyes’ health.

Your evaluation will include a ‘dilated’ eye exam—the type that makes your eyes sensitive to light for a few hours. Some people are able to drive themselves home, but many bring a driver with them.

After your eyes are dilated, your doctor may use a variety of high-tech equipment, such as a ‘slit lamp’ microscope and OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography), to get a good view of the eye’s retina and optic nerve. Your doctor will also perform what’s called ‘refraction,’ the same test used to determine your eyeglass prescription and your best possible vision under a variety of lighting conditions. Computerized measurements of your cornea (the clear covering of the front of your eye) will be taken. Cataract surgery involves replacing the eye’s clouded natural lens with a crystal clear lens implant, and your cataract evaluation includes testing and measurements that ensure that the replacement lens is a good fit for your eye.

Your doctor will review all of this information and then meet with you to discuss your treatment options. If surgery is recommended, you and your doctor will also review your replacement lens options.

If you decide to have surgery, you will probably meet with the member of the team who coordinates scheduling surgery and follow-up appointments. This person can also answer many of your questions. You will be given the information you need to prepare for the day of surgery, as well as instructions for caring for yourself after surgery.

At every step in the process, you will have opportunities to ask questions and get the answers you need to make a good decision.

Where is CATARACT SURGERY performed?

At Oregon Trail Eye Center, cataract surgery does NOT involve a hospital stay, because our surgeons perform the procedure at our own eye surgery center. Yes, cataract surgery is an OUTPATIENT procedure that generally takes less than 15 minutes, with minimal discomfort.

What happens during CATARACT SURGERY?
  • Topical eye drops are administered to numb the eye and dilate the pupil, and medications are given to help you relax.
  • NO needles and NO stitches are used.
  • You will feel only slight pressure.
  • The procedure is performed with small instruments under the high magnification of a microscope.
  • Ultrasound energy fragments the cataract into small pieces that are easily removed through the small incision.
  • The surgeon replaces the clouded lens with an artificial lens implant that restores some of the eye’s ability to focus.
  • After the procedure, eye drops will be administered to control inflammation and prevent infection.
  • The tiny opening heals naturally and with very little recovery time.

Our eye surgeons have removed more than [ # ] cataracts!

When can I RESUME NORMAL ACTIVITY?

Most patients are able to drive and return to work after only two to three days. The eye may still be sensitive to touch and to light, and sunglasses are recommended for outdoor activity. Your doctor will advise you as to when you can resume the use of eye makeup and answer your questions as to other activities you should avoid while the eye is healing.

How EFFECTIVE is CATARACT SURGERY?

Most patients are able to drive and return to work after only two to three days. The eye may still be sensitive to touch and to light, and sunglasses are recommended for outdoor activity. Your doctor will advise you as to when you can resume the use of eye makeup and answer your questions as to other activities you should avoid while the eye is healing.

What is a “premium lifestyle lens” implant?

During cataract surgery, the surgeon removes the lens that has been clouded by a cataract and replaces it with a new crystal-clear lens implant.

Before surgery, you will be asked to select the type of lens you want to have implanted. Relax—there are no ‘bad’ choices; each of the lenses you will be offered will give you clear vision. The choice you make will be affected by, among other things, how you feel about remaining dependent on reading glasses or bifocals after your cataract surgery.

One of your choices is a MONOFOCAL replacement lens. You will have clear vision, but this lens cannot compensate for age-related loss of reading vision (“presbyopia”), so those who opt for this type of replacement lens usually need glasses to improve near vision or to fine-tune distance vision. Most monofocal lens recipients are quite happy with their choice. However, if you are very bothered by your need for reading glasses or bifocals, you may want to consider another type of lens.

You may find an advanced MULTIFOCAL replacement lens implant (what we call a “premium lifestyle implant) a more appealing option if being less dependent on bifocals and reading glasses is important to you. The revolutionary design of a premium lifestyle replacement lens implant makes it possible to take vision to a new level by restoring youthful ability to focus on objects at varying distances. These lenses are engineered to provide a full range of quality vision and may reduce your dependence on glasses or contacts.

Which replacement lens is right for ME?

This question can be answered only after careful consideration of the health of your eyes, your individual lifestyle and the demands of your occupation and hobbies.

Before advising you, your eye surgeon will want to know more about:

  • The kind of work you do
  • How many hours a day you read and what types of reading you do
  • How many hours a day you use a computer
  • The types of outdoor activities you enjoy
  • Your hobbies, and whether you do close work, like sewing or knitting
  • How much driving you do at night
  • Whether you like to travel
  • How bothered you are by wearing glasses

Ultimately, the decision is yours. Ask yourself, “What would my life be like without glasses?” If you opt for a premium lifestyle replacement lens, your surgeon will select the technology that best meets the visual demands you face.

Can EYE DROPS cure a CATARACT?

ABSOLUTELY NOT. Eye drops CANNOT cure, dissolve, or otherwise eliminate a cataract.

The Internet has provided a largely unregulated marketplace for those who sell unproven and ineffective treatments for everything from baldness to cataracts. The sellers’ claims may seem impressive: eye drops that supposedly “dissolve” cataracts in four months. No prescription necessary. Just ‘click here’ and enter your credit card information.

No matter how sophisticated these claims may seem, a cataract (the clouding of the eye’s natural lens) cannot be treated with drops of any type because the lens is located inside of the eye, behind the iris and pupil—not on or near the surface of the eye.

Even so, it’s easy to be taken in by their sales pitches because the sellers of these useless treatments are very skilled at exploiting a natural fear of surgery. There may be no ‘miracle’ cure, but modern cataract correction at Oregon Trail Eye Center is so CONVENIENT, SAFE, COMFORTABLE, EFFECTIVE, and AFFORDABLE that many of our patients call the change in their vision “miraculous.” And that is REAL VALUE that you will be able to actually SEE.

Cataracts: Overview

Cataracts Overview

Cataracts: Symptoms

Cataracts Symptoms

Cataracts: Treatment Overview

Cataracts Treatment Overview
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Cataracts: Treatment Overview

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About Cataracts

Do you have questions about cataracts?

Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions about cataracts. If you think that you have a cataract, call us!

Important!

  • A website can go only so far in answering your questions about cataracts. Your eyes are unique and your vision is precious! If you suspect that you have a cataract, you should be evaluated by an eye care professional, who will answer ALL of your questions.
  • Even if you think you do NOT have cataracts, you should seek medical attention from an eye care professional if you are having troublesome eye symptoms.
What is a Cataract?

Like the lens of a camera, the eye’s lens focuses to keep the images of both close and distant objects clear. Over time, the lens becomes less transparent. Most often, this clouding takes place slowly as proteins within the lens degenerate.

What causes a CATARACT? Are CATARACTS inevitable?

Yes and no.

If you live long enough, you will almost certainly develop cataracts, because they are art of the normal aging process, but they may not progress to the point that they affect your ability to engage in daily activities. However, studies suggest that accumulated exposure to ultraviolet light causes the natural lens to cloud, and that certain lifestyle choices and relatively common health conditions, like diabetes, hasten cataract development.

Nutrition may play at least a limited role. Heavy salt consumption, for example, appears to increase the risk of significant cataract development. Some research suggests that antioxidant vitamins, like vitamin A (beta-carotene), vitamins C and E, and selenium, may slow cataract development. All of these nutrients are available in common multivitamin formulas. Beyond that, the use of nutritional supplements carries its own risks, so you should consult your physician before adding them to your diet.

How would I know if I have a CATARACT?

Cataracts do NOT generally cause pain, discomfort, redness, discharge, or sudden, alarming vision changes that would lead you to see immediate help. The changes caused by cataracts generally develop so slowly that you probably would not notice them until they are serious enough to affect your normal lifestyle.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Am I having difficulty driving at night?
  • Is it more difficult to see distant objects?
  • Does my vision seem blurred or dim?
  • Have my eyes become more sensitive to light and glare?
  • Do I see a halo around lights?
  • Do colors seem “dull”?
  • Have I had to change eyeglass prescriptions more frequently than usual?
  • Do I need brighter light for reading?
  • Does my vision sometimes seem distorted?
  • Do I see “ghost” images?
  • Have I experienced double vision in one eye only?

All of these things are difficulties commonly associated with cataracts. Only a professional can determine if cataracts are the cause of your symptoms. If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s time to call Oregon Trail Eye Center to schedule an evaluation.

IMPORTANT! Even if you think you do NOT have cataracts, you should seek medical attention from an eye care professional if you are having troublesome eye symptoms.

What can be done about a CATARACT?

The ONLY effective treatment for a cataract is to remove the clouded lens. Not all that many years ago, surgery to remove cataracts involved making a large incision in the eye—and incision that had to be closed with stitches, which made recovery lengthy and uncomfortable. Because the eye’s natural lens had been removed, the patient had to wear eyeglasses with thick lenses to take over the job of focusing.

That was then. NOW it’s possible to restore clear vision and reclaim your life with relatively little discomfort or inconvenience! Modern cataract surgery techniques involve only a VERY SMALL incision that requires NO STITCHES!

When is it time to SCHEDULE a CATARACT CONSULTATION?

If you suspect that you have a cataract, it’s a good idea to schedule a cataract consultation, even if you don’t feel quite ready for surgery yet.

Why? Simply being examined for cataracts can help protect the health of your vision.

Your evaluation may detect more than cataracts. Eye disease like glaucoma and macular degeneration are ‘silent,’ meaning that they don’t cause pain or alarming symptoms that would prompt you to seek medical attention. They often go untreated because people don’t realize there is a problem until they begin to lose vision—vision that they probably won’t be able to get back. If you have developed glaucoma or macular degeneration since your last eye exam, your cataract evaluation may give you the ‘heads-up’ you need to get treatment before these silent thieves steal your vision!

What can I expect during a CATARACT CONSULTATION?

It generally takes about two hours for the doctor, usually assisted by specially trained technicians, to gather all of the data needed and to discuss the results and your options with you and any family members you may want to participate in your decision. You will be asked what medicines you are taking, whether you have any allergies, the details of your medical history, as well as the history of your eyes’ health.

Your evaluation will include a ‘dilated’ eye exam—the type that makes your eyes sensitive to light for a few hours. Some people are able to drive themselves home, but many bring a driver with them.

After your eyes are dilated, your doctor may use a variety of high-tech equipment, such as a ‘slit lamp’ microscope and OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography), to get a good view of the eye’s retina and optic nerve. Your doctor will also perform what’s called ‘refraction,’ the same test used to determine your eyeglass prescription and your best possible vision under a variety of lighting conditions. Computerized measurements of your cornea (the clear covering of the front of your eye) will be taken. Cataract surgery involves replacing the eye’s clouded natural lens with a crystal clear lens implant, and your cataract evaluation includes testing and measurements that ensure that the replacement lens is a good fit for your eye.

Your doctor will review all of this information and then meet with you to discuss your treatment options. If surgery is recommended, you and your doctor will also review your replacement lens options.

If you decide to have surgery, you will probably meet with the member of the team who coordinates scheduling surgery and follow-up appointments. This person can also answer many of your questions. You will be given the information you need to prepare for the day of surgery, as well as instructions for caring for yourself after surgery.

At every step in the process, you will have opportunities to ask questions and get the answers you need to make a good decision.

Where is CATARACT SURGERY performed?

At Oregon Trail Eye Center, cataract surgery does NOT involve a hospital stay, because our surgeons perform the procedure at our own eye surgery center. Yes, cataract surgery is an OUTPATIENT procedure that generally takes less than 15 minutes, with minimal discomfort.

What happens during CATARACT SURGERY?
  • Topical eye drops are administered to numb the eye and dilate the pupil, and medications are given to help you relax.
  • NO needles and NO stitches are used.
  • You will feel only slight pressure.
  • The procedure is performed with small instruments under the high magnification of a microscope.
  • Ultrasound energy fragments the cataract into small pieces that are easily removed through the small incision.
  • The surgeon replaces the clouded lens with an artificial lens implant that restores some of the eye’s ability to focus.
  • After the procedure, eye drops will be administered to control inflammation and prevent infection.
  • The tiny opening heals naturally and with very little recovery time.

Our eye surgeons have removed more than [ # ] cataracts!

When can I RESUME NORMAL ACTIVITY?

Most patients are able to drive and return to work after only two to three days. The eye may still be sensitive to touch and to light, and sunglasses are recommended for outdoor activity. Your doctor will advise you as to when you can resume the use of eye makeup and answer your questions as to other activities you should avoid while the eye is healing.

How EFFECTIVE is CATARACT SURGERY?

Most patients are able to drive and return to work after only two to three days. The eye may still be sensitive to touch and to light, and sunglasses are recommended for outdoor activity. Your doctor will advise you as to when you can resume the use of eye makeup and answer your questions as to other activities you should avoid while the eye is healing.

What is a “premium lifestyle lens” implant?

During cataract surgery, the surgeon removes the lens that has been clouded by a cataract and replaces it with a new crystal-clear lens implant.

Before surgery, you will be asked to select the type of lens you want to have implanted. Relax—there are no ‘bad’ choices; each of the lenses you will be offered will give you clear vision. The choice you make will be affected by, among other things, how you feel about remaining dependent on reading glasses or bifocals after your cataract surgery.

One of your choices is a MONOFOCAL replacement lens. You will have clear vision, but this lens cannot compensate for age-related loss of reading vision (“presbyopia”), so those who opt for this type of replacement lens usually need glasses to improve near vision or to fine-tune distance vision. Most monofocal lens recipients are quite happy with their choice. However, if you are very bothered by your need for reading glasses or bifocals, you may want to consider another type of lens.

You may find an advanced MULTIFOCAL replacement lens implant (what we call a “premium lifestyle implant) a more appealing option if being less dependent on bifocals and reading glasses is important to you. The revolutionary design of a premium lifestyle replacement lens implant makes it possible to take vision to a new level by restoring youthful ability to focus on objects at varying distances. These lenses are engineered to provide a full range of quality vision and may reduce your dependence on glasses or contacts.

Which replacement lens is right for ME?

This question can be answered only after careful consideration of the health of your eyes, your individual lifestyle and the demands of your occupation and hobbies.

Before advising you, your eye surgeon will want to know more about:

  • The kind of work you do
  • How many hours a day you read and what types of reading you do
  • How many hours a day you use a computer
  • The types of outdoor activities you enjoy
  • Your hobbies, and whether you do close work, like sewing or knitting
  • How much driving you do at night
  • Whether you like to travel
  • How bothered you are by wearing glasses

Ultimately, the decision is yours. Ask yourself, “What would my life be like without glasses?” If you opt for a premium lifestyle replacement lens, your surgeon will select the technology that best meets the visual demands you face.

Can EYE DROPS cure a CATARACT?

ABSOLUTELY NOT. Eye drops CANNOT cure, dissolve, or otherwise eliminate a cataract.

The Internet has provided a largely unregulated marketplace for those who sell unproven and ineffective treatments for everything from baldness to cataracts. The sellers’ claims may seem impressive: eye drops that supposedly “dissolve” cataracts in four months. No prescription necessary. Just ‘click here’ and enter your credit card information.

No matter how sophisticated these claims may seem, a cataract (the clouding of the eye’s natural lens) cannot be treated with drops of any type because the lens is located inside of the eye, behind the iris and pupil—not on or near the surface of the eye.

Even so, it’s easy to be taken in by their sales pitches because the sellers of these useless treatments are very skilled at exploiting a natural fear of surgery. There may be no ‘miracle’ cure, but modern cataract correction at Oregon Trail Eye Center is so CONVENIENT, SAFE, COMFORTABLE, EFFECTIVE, and AFFORDABLE that many of our patients call the change in their vision “miraculous.” And that is REAL VALUE that you will be able to actually SEE.

About Cataracts

Do you have questions about cataracts?

Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions about cataracts. If you think that you have a cataract, call us!

Important!

  • A website can go only so far in answering your questions about cataracts. Your eyes are unique and your vision is precious! If you suspect that you have a cataract, you should be evaluated by an eye care professional, who will answer ALL of your questions.
  • Even if you think you do NOT have cataracts, you should seek medical attention from an eye care professional if you are having troublesome eye symptoms.
What is a Cataract?

Like the lens of a camera, the eye’s lens focuses to keep the images of both close and distant objects clear. Over time, the lens becomes less transparent. Most often, this clouding takes place slowly as proteins within the lens degenerate.

What causes a CATARACT? Are CATARACTS inevitable?

Yes and no.

If you live long enough, you will almost certainly develop cataracts, because they are art of the normal aging process, but they may not progress to the point that they affect your ability to engage in daily activities. However, studies suggest that accumulated exposure to ultraviolet light causes the natural lens to cloud, and that certain lifestyle choices and relatively common health conditions, like diabetes, hasten cataract development.

Nutrition may play at least a limited role. Heavy salt consumption, for example, appears to increase the risk of significant cataract development. Some research suggests that antioxidant vitamins, like vitamin A (beta-carotene), vitamins C and E, and selenium, may slow cataract development. All of these nutrients are available in common multivitamin formulas. Beyond that, the use of nutritional supplements carries its own risks, so you should consult your physician before adding them to your diet.

How would I know if I have a CATARACT?

Cataracts do NOT generally cause pain, discomfort, redness, discharge, or sudden, alarming vision changes that would lead you to see immediate help. The changes caused by cataracts generally develop so slowly that you probably would not notice them until they are serious enough to affect your normal lifestyle.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Am I having difficulty driving at night?
  • Is it more difficult to see distant objects?
  • Does my vision seem blurred or dim?
  • Have my eyes become more sensitive to light and glare?
  • Do I see a halo around lights?
  • Do colors seem “dull”?
  • Have I had to change eyeglass prescriptions more frequently than usual?
  • Do I need brighter light for reading?
  • Does my vision sometimes seem distorted?
  • Do I see “ghost” images?
  • Have I experienced double vision in one eye only?

All of these things are difficulties commonly associated with cataracts. Only a professional can determine if cataracts are the cause of your symptoms. If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s time to call Oregon Trail Eye Center to schedule an evaluation.

IMPORTANT! Even if you think you do NOT have cataracts, you should seek medical attention from an eye care professional if you are having troublesome eye symptoms.

What can be done about a CATARACT?

The ONLY effective treatment for a cataract is to remove the clouded lens. Not all that many years ago, surgery to remove cataracts involved making a large incision in the eye—and incision that had to be closed with stitches, which made recovery lengthy and uncomfortable. Because the eye’s natural lens had been removed, the patient had to wear eyeglasses with thick lenses to take over the job of focusing.

That was then. NOW it’s possible to restore clear vision and reclaim your life with relatively little discomfort or inconvenience! Modern cataract surgery techniques involve only a VERY SMALL incision that requires NO STITCHES!

When is it time to SCHEDULE a CATARACT CONSULTATION?

If you suspect that you have a cataract, it’s a good idea to schedule a cataract consultation, even if you don’t feel quite ready for surgery yet.

Why? Simply being examined for cataracts can help protect the health of your vision.

Your evaluation may detect more than cataracts. Eye disease like glaucoma and macular degeneration are ‘silent,’ meaning that they don’t cause pain or alarming symptoms that would prompt you to seek medical attention. They often go untreated because people don’t realize there is a problem until they begin to lose vision—vision that they probably won’t be able to get back. If you have developed glaucoma or macular degeneration since your last eye exam, your cataract evaluation may give you the ‘heads-up’ you need to get treatment before these silent thieves steal your vision!

What can I expect during a CATARACT CONSULTATION?

It generally takes about two hours for the doctor, usually assisted by specially trained technicians, to gather all of the data needed and to discuss the results and your options with you and any family members you may want to participate in your decision. You will be asked what medicines you are taking, whether you have any allergies, the details of your medical history, as well as the history of your eyes’ health.

Your evaluation will include a ‘dilated’ eye exam—the type that makes your eyes sensitive to light for a few hours. Some people are able to drive themselves home, but many bring a driver with them.

After your eyes are dilated, your doctor may use a variety of high-tech equipment, such as a ‘slit lamp’ microscope and OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography), to get a good view of the eye’s retina and optic nerve. Your doctor will also perform what’s called ‘refraction,’ the same test used to determine your eyeglass prescription and your best possible vision under a variety of lighting conditions. Computerized measurements of your cornea (the clear covering of the front of your eye) will be taken. Cataract surgery involves replacing the eye’s clouded natural lens with a crystal clear lens implant, and your cataract evaluation includes testing and measurements that ensure that the replacement lens is a good fit for your eye.

Your doctor will review all of this information and then meet with you to discuss your treatment options. If surgery is recommended, you and your doctor will also review your replacement lens options.

If you decide to have surgery, you will probably meet with the member of the team who coordinates scheduling surgery and follow-up appointments. This person can also answer many of your questions. You will be given the information you need to prepare for the day of surgery, as well as instructions for caring for yourself after surgery.

At every step in the process, you will have opportunities to ask questions and get the answers you need to make a good decision.

Where is CATARACT SURGERY performed?

At Oregon Trail Eye Center, cataract surgery does NOT involve a hospital stay, because our surgeons perform the procedure at our own eye surgery center. Yes, cataract surgery is an OUTPATIENT procedure that generally takes less than 15 minutes, with minimal discomfort.

What happens during CATARACT SURGERY?
  • Topical eye drops are administered to numb the eye and dilate the pupil, and medications are given to help you relax.
  • NO needles and NO stitches are used.
  • You will feel only slight pressure.
  • The procedure is performed with small instruments under the high magnification of a microscope.
  • Ultrasound energy fragments the cataract into small pieces that are easily removed through the small incision.
  • The surgeon replaces the clouded lens with an artificial lens implant that restores some of the eye’s ability to focus.
  • After the procedure, eye drops will be administered to control inflammation and prevent infection.
  • The tiny opening heals naturally and with very little recovery time.

Our eye surgeons have removed more than [ # ] cataracts!

When can I RESUME NORMAL ACTIVITY?

Most patients are able to drive and return to work after only two to three days. The eye may still be sensitive to touch and to light, and sunglasses are recommended for outdoor activity. Your doctor will advise you as to when you can resume the use of eye makeup and answer your questions as to other activities you should avoid while the eye is healing.

How EFFECTIVE is CATARACT SURGERY?

Most patients are able to drive and return to work after only two to three days. The eye may still be sensitive to touch and to light, and sunglasses are recommended for outdoor activity. Your doctor will advise you as to when you can resume the use of eye makeup and answer your questions as to other activities you should avoid while the eye is healing.

What is a “premium lifestyle lens” implant?

During cataract surgery, the surgeon removes the lens that has been clouded by a cataract and replaces it with a new crystal-clear lens implant.

Before surgery, you will be asked to select the type of lens you want to have implanted. Relax—there are no ‘bad’ choices; each of the lenses you will be offered will give you clear vision. The choice you make will be affected by, among other things, how you feel about remaining dependent on reading glasses or bifocals after your cataract surgery.

One of your choices is a MONOFOCAL replacement lens. You will have clear vision, but this lens cannot compensate for age-related loss of reading vision (“presbyopia”), so those who opt for this type of replacement lens usually need glasses to improve near vision or to fine-tune distance vision. Most monofocal lens recipients are quite happy with their choice. However, if you are very bothered by your need for reading glasses or bifocals, you may want to consider another type of lens.

You may find an advanced MULTIFOCAL replacement lens implant (what we call a “premium lifestyle implant) a more appealing option if being less dependent on bifocals and reading glasses is important to you. The revolutionary design of a premium lifestyle replacement lens implant makes it possible to take vision to a new level by restoring youthful ability to focus on objects at varying distances. These lenses are engineered to provide a full range of quality vision and may reduce your dependence on glasses or contacts.

Which replacement lens is right for ME?

This question can be answered only after careful consideration of the health of your eyes, your individual lifestyle and the demands of your occupation and hobbies.

Before advising you, your eye surgeon will want to know more about:

  • The kind of work you do
  • How many hours a day you read and what types of reading you do
  • How many hours a day you use a computer
  • The types of outdoor activities you enjoy
  • Your hobbies, and whether you do close work, like sewing or knitting
  • How much driving you do at night
  • Whether you like to travel
  • How bothered you are by wearing glasses

Ultimately, the decision is yours. Ask yourself, “What would my life be like without glasses?” If you opt for a premium lifestyle replacement lens, your surgeon will select the technology that best meets the visual demands you face.

Can EYE DROPS cure a CATARACT?

ABSOLUTELY NOT. Eye drops CANNOT cure, dissolve, or otherwise eliminate a cataract.

The Internet has provided a largely unregulated marketplace for those who sell unproven and ineffective treatments for everything from baldness to cataracts. The sellers’ claims may seem impressive: eye drops that supposedly “dissolve” cataracts in four months. No prescription necessary. Just ‘click here’ and enter your credit card information.

No matter how sophisticated these claims may seem, a cataract (the clouding of the eye’s natural lens) cannot be treated with drops of any type because the lens is located inside of the eye, behind the iris and pupil—not on or near the surface of the eye.

Even so, it’s easy to be taken in by their sales pitches because the sellers of these useless treatments are very skilled at exploiting a natural fear of surgery. There may be no ‘miracle’ cure, but modern cataract correction at Oregon Trail Eye Center is so CONVENIENT, SAFE, COMFORTABLE, EFFECTIVE, and AFFORDABLE that many of our patients call the change in their vision “miraculous.” And that is REAL VALUE that you will be able to actually SEE.

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