A cataract is an opacity or clouding of the crystalline lens that may develop as a result of aging, some medications such as steroids, metabolic disorders like diabetes, trauma or heredity.
The most effective treatment for cataract is surgical removal of the cloudy lens. With a simple outpatient surgical procedure, an ophthalmologist can remove the cataract, through a a small, self-sealing incision (phacoemulsification). Usually, a synthetic intraocular lens (IOL) is inserted at the time of cataract extraction to replace the focusing power of the natural lens.
Ophthalmology Associates of San Antonio has a number of ophthalmologists (Eye M.D.s) who are experienced and skilled in cataract surgery, including Dr. Arlo Terry, Dr. John Campagna, Dr. Robert Green and Dr. Mark Trevino.