Cataract Awareness Month

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Key Takeaways

June is the month dedicated to cataract awareness in ophthalmology.   Although it is easily treatable with great success, surprisingly, it is the leading cause of vision loss in the United States and the leading cause of blindness worldwide when left untreated.  Most commonly, cataracts are the inevitable byproduct of the aging process of the eye.  The natural eye lens calcifies and becomes more rigid leading to blurry vision and once vibrant colors of objects become dull and yellow-tinged.  Patients also complain of strained night driving and sensitivity to lights.  Once these symptoms occur, you may wonder if cataracts are hindering your quality of life and seek options for clear vision.

Less common, cataracts may develop at earlier life stages.  Congenital cataracts are visible at birth.  Cataracts may also manifest as a result of steroid use, diabetes, eye diseases, and trauma to the eye.

How Are Cataracts Treated?

Cataracts are removed surgically and replaced with a synthetic intraocular lens calculated to help you achieve your best-corrected vision and take into account your occupation, hobbies, and daily tasks.  The intraocular lenses are varied in function.  Toric lenses correct astigmatism and allow the patient to see without the aid of glasses.  Multifocal lenses allow patients to see near, intermediate and distance. Monofocal lenses are designed to allow the patient to see clearly at a certain distance and the other eye is set to near vision.  Light Adjustable Lenses (LAL) have gained popularity and are versatile in that patients have the ability to tweak the lens prescription even further AFTER surgery according to the vision they desire in each eye.  We are excited to offer this Light Adjustable Lens technology at San Antonio Eye Specialists.

Cataract surgery is typically performed at an outpatient facility and sometimes, at San Antonio Eye Specialists, we perform cataract removal at our AAAASF-certified surgical facility.  We perform laser-assisted cataract removal because it is safe, reproducible in results, reduces human error, and is minimally invasive.  Cataract surgery takes about 15 minutes per eye with little to no discomfort. Patients are seen the next day post-operatively in the clinic to assess vision and ensure patients follow their eye drop regimen promoting healthy recovery.  

Choose San Antonio Eye Specialists For Cataract Surgery In San Antonio

Your eyes don't need to act their age with modern technology and various intraocular lens options available to improve your life.  Clear vision is achievable at any age to complement any lifestyle through cataract surgery in San Antonio.

Come consult with Dr. Iskander, a board-certified ophthalmologist and fellowship-trained refractive surgeon spanning over 20 years to discuss your lens options.  For your eyes...don't compromise!

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