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Cataract Surgery

normal vision and cataract vision comparisonIs your vision getting cloudy? Are you losing your color perception?

Having trouble seeing at night?

You may be in the early stages of developing cataracts.

And you don’t want to waste your prime years with cloudy vision, right?

Well, we’re here (and happy) to help.

It’s time to See Life Better…without hindrances, with clarity…with the freedom to go out and live your life – the way YOU want to live it.

Whether you’re preparing for retirement or for the arrival of a grandbaby, or making plans to travel the world; whatever it is – Mann Eye Institute, proudly serving Houston, Austin and surrounding areas, is here to help you see it better.

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What is a Cataract?

A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens (not a growth, like it’s commonly mistaken as) that blocks the lens from being able to focus light on the retina.

Cataracts are a leading cause of blindness among older adults in the United States. Today, cataracts affect more than 24 million Americans aged 40 and older, and more than half of all Americans will have cataracts by the time they are 80 years old.*

What are the Symptoms of Cataracts?

Because cataracts typically develop very slowly, most people don’t realize the lens in the eye is affected until their vision becomes dull or blurry. Common symptoms include:

  • Cloudy or blurry vision
  • Colors seem faded
  • Glare or halos appear around headlights, lamps and in bright sun
  • Double vision
  • Poor night vision
  • Difficulty reading in low light
  • Frequent prescription changes

When a cataract begins to affect your ability to perform day-to-day tasks, treatment is required.

If you suffer from any of the symptoms above, schedule an appointment with one of our experienced cataract specialists, so we can evaluate your eyes, determine whether you have cataracts and suggest an appropriate treatment option to correct your vision.

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How are Cataracts Treated?

Cataracts cannot be treated with medication, diet or eye drops, and they will not heal on their own. Cataracts must be surgically removed to restore clear vision. Once cataracts are present, your vision will continue to worsen over time without cataract surgery.

IS CATARACT SURGERY SAFE?

More than 2 million men and women undergo cataract surgery every year, and these procedures are performed without complication in over 95% of cases*. This makes cataract surgery one of the most common and most successful medical procedures in the U.S. today.

With multiple locations surrounding the Houston and Austin, Texas areas, the board-certified surgeons at Mann Eye Institute are among the most experienced cataract surgeons in the country. That’s why so many Texans have trusted their vision to us!

WHAT IS LASER CATARACT SURGERY AND WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE IT?

Custom laser cataract surgery represents one of the great surgical advancements of our time. Incorporating a sophisticated laser system into cataract surgery takes it to a whole new level, offering additional:

  • Safety. Laser cataract surgery provides the opportunity for a simpler procedure with fewer complications and faster recovery.
  • Precision. Laser cataract surgery improves the precision of many key surgical steps and customizes the procedure.
  • Consistency of Results. Laser cataract surgery removes the possibility of inconsistency in the procedure, providing the opportunity for more desirable visual outcomes.

And one final reason to choose laser cataract surgery? Because of the incredible mapping capability that assesses the exact topography of your unique eye, laser cataract surgery is also capable of treating any astigmatism during the procedure.

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CATARACT TREATMENT

What Can I Expect During Cataract Surgery?

During cataract surgery, your surgeon will make a tiny incision in your eye to remove the cloudy lens and replace it with a clear artificial lens. The new lens can’t be seen or felt and stays permanently inside the eye.

The incision is so small that stitches are not required. It will heal completely by itself.

Although you should plan to be with us for a few hours on the day of your surgery to allow for pre- and post-op monitoring, the procedure itself takes just a few minutes.

HOW LONG DOES RECOVERY FROM CATARACT SURGERY TAKE?

Recovery time is remarkably fast, thanks to advances in technology. Many patients ask us when they can return to work, and the answer is, when you feel comfortable doing so. But please wait one to two weeks before resuming wearing any eye makeup.

Most patients are able to return to normal daily activities within 24 to 48 hours of their procedure, although strenuous physical activity is discouraged for two weeks. The eye may take several weeks to heal completely – your surgeon will guide you through the postoperative process for the best results.

CAN CATARACTS COME BACK?

The short answer to that question is no. Once removed, cataracts can never come back. That said, sometimes, the body can develop scar tissue, sometimes called a secondary cataract, after surgery that can affect vision. This is a fairly common occurrence.

If you are among the people who develop this condition, it is easily addressed in a quick, two-minute procedure called a Yag Capsulotomy, performed right here in the office. You can drive yourself to and from this easy appointment.

Although the need for this procedure is common and is not related to the success of your cataract surgery outcome, it does not happen to everyone.

WILL I HAVE TO WEAR GLASSES AFTER CATARACT SURGERY?

Glad you asked.

Today, you have more choices than ever when it comes to the opportunity to no longer having to wear glasses or bifocals after cataract surgery. Introducing – Active Life Lenses.

Here at Mann Eye, most of our cataract patients lead active, full lives, making them a perfect candidate for an Active Life Lens. It’s also safe to say that the patients who choose an Active Life Lens end up being our happiest patients!

Why just restore vision when you can take it to the next level? What will you do with your visual freedom?

If you choose to have only basic cataract removal, glasses for nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism will more than likely still be necessary.

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WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A BASIC LENS AND A PREMIUM LENS?

A basic lens is just that. It is a basic, clear lens that replaces your cloudy natural lens (cataract) after cataract surgery. With the selection of a basic lens, if you needed glasses before cataract surgery, you will still need them after cataract surgery.

The selection of a premium lens (we call them Active Life Lenses) allows for the correction of refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia (over-40 vision). With a premium lens, our goal is not only to remove your cataract but to elevate your level of vision to reduce or eliminate your need for corrective eyewear after cataract surgery. Regardless of your vision challenge, a premium lens could help you overcome it.

WHAT IS COVERED BY INSURANCE AND WHAT ISN’T?

Some of your cataract surgery costs may be covered by Medicare and/or your private insurance providers. However, there may be some costs that are not covered. But don’t worry, your Mann Eye Institute patient counselor will go over all of these details with you at your consultation.

Plus, the experienced team at Mann Eye can help you maximize your benefits and select an affordable financing plan for any portion of your procedure not covered by Medicare and private insurance.

HOW DO I KNOW WHICH PREMIUM LENS IS RIGHT FOR ME?

This is a great question. And different premium lenses are designed to address different vision goals. But at your comprehensive cataract evaluation, your Mann Eye surgeon will meet with you one-on-one to examine the health of your eyes and discuss your lifestyle, hobbies and desired outcome after cataract surgery. Together, we will customize a package designed to meet your unique needs, vision goals and the way you want to live your life.

*Information sourced from Prevent Blindness America
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