A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye that occurs as patients get older, resulting in vision impairment or loss. Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in the world. Frequently, the first symptoms of cataracts are nighttime glare, halos, dulled colors and cloudy vision. A cataract can occur in one or both eyes. The most important factor in cataract formation is increasing age, but other factors include smoking, diabetes, and excessive exposure to sunlight. If you are 60 or older, you should have a comprehensive dilated exam at least once every two years to check for cataracts and other vision disorders such as macular degeneration and glaucoma. Just as a camera with a cloudy lens cannot take a clear picture, an eye with a cloudy lens will not produce quality vision. However, cataracts can be removed surgically and replaced with an artificial lens implant to restore vision. The doctors specialize in no shot, no stitch clear cornea cataract surgery.
For patients undergoing cataract surgery, the surgeons at Athens Eye Associates offer the latest technology in lens implants, including toric lenses to correct astigmatism and multifocal lenses to restore distance and near vision. The Alcon Acrysof Toric IQ and ReSTOR multifocal lenses have been implanted in hundreds of patients with excellent outcomes, providing eyeglass independence patients have not experienced in decades. During your cataract exam, we will discuss your individual vision demands and help you select the lens that best fits your lifestyle.
Our eye surgeons currently offer weekly clinics specifically for patients with cataracts to answer questions and consider treatment options. Dr. Jacobs performs surgery at the Surgery Center of Athens and St. Mary’s Hospital. If you would like more information about the Surgery Center of Athens please click here. Financial options are also discussed for patients considering Premium Lens Implants. We offer financing through Care Credit to make these implants affordable in any budget. Click here or call 1-800-677-0718 to apply now or for more information.