Whether you struggle with early cataract symptoms or have significant daily challenges due to blurry vision, cataract surgery can give you a new look on life in 2023. At Austin Eye, our board-certified ophthalmologists use the most advanced techniques and technologies to renew vision and improve visual clarity. Our offices provide several types of cataract surgery that can even address refractive errors and free you from corrective eyewear.
Why Treat Cataracts?
Cataracts start with minor symptoms that are a nuisance, but as the clouded lens becomes denser, people struggle to read, drive and perform daily tasks independently. If left untreated, cataracts eventually cause blindness.
Aging adults with worsening cataracts often have to give up many of their favorite activities as light sensitivity, dim vision, glare, double vision and other symptoms affect their quality of life. Advanced cataracts increase the risk of falling, getting injured and causing a car accident.
Treating this eye disease early with cataract surgery restores clear vision and allows you to lead a safer lifestyle. Cataract surgery is one of the most successful procedures in modern medicine and can also improve other vision problems, such as astigmatism.
Traditional Cataract Surgery
The traditional approach to cataract surgery replaces the clouded natural eye lens with an intraocular lens implant (IOL) that improves vision at a single focal point (typically distance vision as opposed to near vision). However, patients still require prescription glasses or contact lenses to see objects clearly in the mid-range or up close, and people with astigmatism will require bifocals.
Astigmatism-Correcting Cataract Surgery
Our eye surgeons can address astigmatism during the cataract procedure. Astigmatism causes blurry vision at all focal points due to a misshapen cornea that is more oblong, like a football, rather than round. People with astigmatism can achieve improved vision via a surgical technique whereby a diamond blade is used to reshape the cornea, or by selecting an IOL that corrects astigmatism. Astigmatism-correcting cataract surgery offers better distance vision, but glasses or contact lenses are often still needed for close-up tasks or computer use.
Premium Cataract Surgery
Austin Eye offers premium cataract surgery using advanced IOLs that replace the natural eye lens with an artificial lens designed to improve vision for near, mid-range and faraway objects. These IOLs allow patients to read the small print on menus and smartphones, use a computer and drive without corrective eyewear. PanOptix and Vivity Extended Depth of Focus are advanced IOLs that provide the most vision correction after cataract surgery for excellent eyesight at a range of focal points.
If you struggle with cataract symptoms, contact Austin Eye in Austin, Texas, to schedule an eye exam and consultation. Call our Northwest and Westlake offices at (512) 250-2020 or fill out our online contact form.