At Singleton Vision Center we have been performing cataract surgery for decades. Much has changed over the years with new technologies and surgical techniques providing faster, safer surgery with excellent results. Your surgery begins with a comprehensive eye exam by Dr. Jay Singleton to decide if cataract surgery is right for you, and also to set expectations when other eye diseases are present. Our technician specializing in cataract surgery and certified in precise measurements of the eye using ultrasound, will determine the power of the intraocular lens we will use to achieve your best vision. She will also review your preoperative and postoperative instructions and answer any questions you may have. You will also meet with our surgery coordinator who will schedule any surgeries you may need.
As your body grows older, the flexibility of the lenses in your eyes lessen, tissue begins breaking down and clump together causing clouding. The clouding then worsens and invades the majority of the lens.
While aging is the most common cause for cataract development, other top contributors are: cigarette smoking, alcohol, obesity, and ultraviolet lights. While the cataract develops, it scatters light as it passes through the lens of the eye, thus preventing a sharply defined image in the retina.
Cataracts are the leading cause of visual loss in adults 55 and over. A cataract is the clouding of the natural lens of your eye. Eye injury, diseases and medication can cause cataracts, but the most common cause is the result of our natural aging process.
With a success rate of just over 98%, cataract surgery is one of the safest and most effective surgical procedures. Many people are surprised to find out just how easy and pain-free is cataract surgery. The surgery is performed with topical numbing drops and IV sedation. There are no shots given around the eye. The only needle stick you will have is from the IV.
Below are some common symptoms that cataracts can cause:
Most cataract surgery is performed using local anesthesia only. No shots will be used in or around the eyes. The cataract is removed from the eye using small incisions which rarely require sutures. On average, the surgery takes 6 minutes and after 15 minutes in the postoperative area, you return home. Postoperative care is provided by Dr. Singleton with or without the collaboration of your primary eye care provider.
Refractive cataract surgery refers to not only removing your cataract but also decreasing your dependence on glasses or contact lenses afterwards. You may choose from the Toric lens which corrects not only near and farsightedness but also astigmatism. Another option is the ReStor lens which can help many see well at near and distance. Lasik or PRK may also be performed after cataract surgery for optimal results.
Another lens replacement option we offer is the Crystalens. This lens is designed to give you a more natural range of vision - flexing like the eyes natural lens.
Laser cataract surgery refers to not only removing your cataract but also decreasing your dependence on glasses or contact lenses afterwards. You may choose from the Alcon Toric lens or Trulign Toric lens which corrects not only near and farsightedness but also astigmatism. Another option is the ReStor lens which can help many see well at near and distance. We also offer the Crystalens accommodating IOL, which is FDA approved for the vision correction of patients with cataracts as well as presbyopia.
Each patient’s unique measurements are customized. Using our computer-guided 3D imaging, incisions are created with micron-level precision, therefore reducing astigmatism, which results in clearer vision.