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What is a Cataract?


A cataract is a change in the clarity, or a “clouding” of the lens in your eye. Your crystalline lens, which is made mostly of protein and water, can become clouded enough to prevent light and images from reaching the retina. A cataract can be the reason sharp images become blurred and seeing things at night become more difficult. More than half of all Americans age 65 and older have a cataract.

Cataract Treatment

Cataract treatment surgery is the only way to remove a cataract. Surgery is done on an outpatient basis, and you are mildly sedated, not put to sleep.

When you arrive for surgery you will be given eye drops and a sedative to help you relax. An eye drop anesthetic will numb the eye, no shots are used by Dr Nelson. During the surgery, the cloudy lens is removed from the eye through a small surgical incision.

Dr Nelson can perform this proceudre in 8-10 minutes on most cataracts. Microsurgical instruments are used to delicately break apart and suction the cloudy lens from your eye. The natural lens is replaced with a permanent intraocular lens (IOL) implant. The incision is then closed without sutures.