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. Cataracts typically develop slowly and progressively, causing a gradual and painless decrease in vision. Things can look blurry, hazy, or even less colorful.
Vision changes you may notice if you have a cataract
- Blurred vision
- Double vision
- Extra sensitivity to light
- Trouble seeing well at night
- Needing more light when you read
- A decrease in color intensity (Seeing bright colors as faded)
- Yellowing of images
Reducing one’s exposure to ultraviolet light by wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses may reduce the risk of developing a cataract, but, once one has developed, there is no cure except to have the cataract surgically removed.
The only effective treatment for cataracts is the surgical removal of the cloudy lens. With a single outpatient surgical procedure, an ophthalmologist can remove the cataract through a small, self-sealing incision. Usually, a synthetic intraocular lens is inserted at the time of cataract extraction to replace the focusing power of the natural lens. The time to have cataract surgery is when the cataract is affecting one’s vision enough to interfere with normal daily activities.
Cataract surgery is a very common and successful operation. 3.5 million people have this procedure every year, and it is one of the most common surgeries in the United States. When you visit Ophthalmology Associates, a series of tests will be performed so your doctor can customize a treatment plan to match your eye and your goals.
Premium Cataract and Clear Lens Extraction Surgery
- Advanced Technology Intraocular Lenses
- Multifocal (PanOptix, Synergy etc.)
- Extended Depth of Focus (Symphony, Vivity, etc.)
- Light Adjustable Lens (RxSight)*
Ophthalmology Associates of San Antonio is now offering the RxSight Light Adjustable Lens which is the only adjustable IOL that can be modified AFTER your cataract surgery. This unique ability allows us to fine-tune your vision with series of noninvasive light procedures, enabling most patients to achieve 20/20 vision without glasses.
- Plus Astigmatism correction with all of the Advanced Technology Intraocular Lenses
Basic Cataract Surgery
- Standard Single Focus Intraocular Lenses
Additional Cataract Resources
We have compiled a list of video resources to aid your cataract education.
An overview of cataract symptoms and treatments.
The RxSight Light Adjustable Lens – What to Expect
Everything you need to know about the Light Adjustable Lens, including the procedure, how it works, and the importance of wearing the UV glasses.
Cataract Yag Capsulotomy
A Yag capsulotomy is a special laser treatment used to improve your vision after cataract surgery.
Download a patient guide to cataract surgery (PDF).