Cataract Surgery

Clearing the fog about vision loss over 50.

What is a cataract?

We live most of our lives with clear eye lenses that enable clear vision. As your eye begins to age, natural proteins in your eye begin to clump together causing a clouding of the crystalline lens. This is a cataract.

Cataracts gradually prevent light from reaching your retina — the back layer of your eye that processes images to send to the brain. When this occurs, the light that enters your eyes becomes scattered and distorted, resulting in gradual loss of vision. If not properly treated with surgery, cataracts can lead to severe vision loss or blindness.

Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss over the age of 50.

Cataracts can affect vision for reading, watching TV, and driving. As a result, many people withdraw from normal social and business activities.

Cataract surgery is the single most common procedure in all of medicine.

Cataract extraction is a short, outpatient procedure. It begins with a small incision to remove the clouded lens with the help of ultrasound. Then, the lens is replaced with a new intraocular lens. There are usually no sutures and very little down time to fully recover. The patient can resume normal activities within days.

Do I have cataracts?

You may not realize you have a cataract because it does not significantly affect your vision, but if you experience any of the following symptoms, you should contact your eye doctor.

Symptoms of cataracts

  • Blurry, cloudy vision
  • Increased sensitivity to glare such as sunlight or oncoming headlights
  • Sudden but temporary improvement in vision of close objects, called “second sight”
  • Sudden inability to focus on distant objects, called “nearsightedness”
  • Changes in perception of color, particularly yellow tones
  • Double vision

Cataract surgery replacement lens options

Once your cloudy lens is removed, a new intraocular lens (IOL) will be gently inserted into your eye. In the past, a monofocal IOL was the only option for vision improvement. Although these lenses are still available, many patients opt for lenses that can actually restore youthful vision — perhaps even eliminate the need for reading glasses.

Selecting the right type of lens implant is very important for your improved vision. Special eye measurements will provide important information for your surgeon to determine implant power.

Your doctor will discuss your options so that together you can select the right one for your vision goals.

  • Monofocal IOL: Improves distance vision only. Most patients still require glasses for near and intermediate vision.
  • Presbyopia-Correcting IOL: Designed to correct a more full range of vision, reducing or eliminating the need for glasses at all distances. Different types include Multifocal, Trifocal and Extended Depth of Focus.
  • Toric IOL: Reduces astigmatism and sharpens distance vision — glasses may still be needed for intermediate and near vision.

Learn more about cataract extraction with these helpful videos.

At Jervey Eye Group, we strive to keep you informed and educated regarding your eye health. As part of this effort, we offer helpful videos about cataracts and what to expect with surgery. Take a few minutes to explore, and if you have any questions, ask your doctor when you visit.

Imagine not needing glasses to read, enjoy recreation, or drive at night. It starts with a consultation with your eye doctor.

All of our doctors are trained to recognize and treat cataract issues. However, once surgery is needed, our doctors will often refer to one of our partners who is trained in cataract surgery. Our cataract surgeons include Dr. Shelley, Dr. Culclasure, Dr. Bowden, Dr. Pariyadath, and Dr. Bruce.

Our Locations

Comprehensive eye care where you need it

Our modern, efficient facilities include four offices in Greenville, Simpsonville, and Easley. Each offers one-stop convenience for examinations, eyewear selection, purchase, and fittings.

Stevens Street – Greenville

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Halton Road – Greenville

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Simpsonville

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Easley

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