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St. Paul Eye Clinic

Cataracts

Cataracts are a common condition among older adults. In fact, over half of all people aged 65 or older have some degree of cataract development.

Because cataracts are slow growing, you may not even realize you have them at first. A cataract can develop in one eye or both eyes. They do not typically cause pain and do not need to be removed unless vision loss interferes with daily activities.

If you do need cataract surgery, it is very successful in restoring normal vision for most people. You can rest assured knowing that our board-certified and fellowship-trained eye doctors have many years of experience performing thousands of cataract surgeries.

 

What is a cataract?

A cataract is a clouding of the transparent part of your eye called the lens. A normally clear lens focuses light onto the retina, which is located in the back of the eye. When the lens becomes cloudy and opaque, light cannot pass through to the retina, resulting in blurry or clouded vision. You may also experience double vision or multiple images in just one eye.

What causes cataracts?

Cataracts are most directly associated with the aging process. As the body ages, the normally transparent lens begins to harden and yellow and becomes cloudy.

There is increasing evidence that lifelong exposure to ultraviolet light contributes to the formation of cataracts. In addition, eye injuries, certain medications, diabetes, kidney disease, and smoking may contribute to the formation of cataracts.

What happens during cataract surgery?

Since there is presently no medical treatment to prevent cataracts or reverse them once they develop, the only treatment for cataracts is surgical removal.

Cataract surgery is recommended when cataracts start to interfere with your enjoyment of everyday activities. Today’s cataract surgery is a marvel of medical technology.

Here at St. Paul Eye Clinic, we’ve always been at the forefront of cataract surgery. We were among the first area practices to offer the phacoemulsification procedure, which enables cataracts to be removed through a tiny incision, as well as “no-stitch” cataract surgery with topical anesthesia.

We also use the innovative IOL Master system, which is an FDA-approved diagnostic tool that accurately calculates measurements of eye length and surface curvature prior to cataract surgery. This precision helps our board-certified ophthalmologists (eye specialists) determine your individual intraocular lens implant needs, allowing for the most successful outcome possible. To date, we have performed tens of thousands of cataract surgeries.

St. Paul Eye Clinic performs the state-of-the-art “no-patch,” “no-injection,” “no-stitch” method of cataract surgery using the Alcon Infinite cataract surgery equipment.

With this effective outpatient procedure, your cloudy lens is gently removed through a microscopic-sized incision and a specially selected lens implant is then carefully implanted to restore bright, clear vision. Some patients are candidates for the revolutionary ReSTOR® lens implants which, in many cases, can help patients see clearly at all distances. Also, cataract patients with astigmatism may benefit from a Toric lens replacement to improve distance vision without glasses.

Cataract surgery is quick and effective and offers a rapid recovery time of just a few days. You’ll feel confident that your procedure will be performed inside our state-of-the-art, on-site, licensed surgical center in Woodbury, Minnesota. We always put your safety and comfort first.

What are ReSTOR/Toric lenses?

During cataract surgery, a specially selected lens implant is carefully implanted to restore your vision. ReSTOR® lens implants can help patients see clearly at all distances. Also, cataract patients with astigmatism may benefit from a Toric lens replacement to improve distance vision without glasses.

To find out if you are a candidate for this state-of-the-art procedure, schedule an appointment at the St. Paul Eye Clinic location nearest you.

 

Make Sure Your Vision Is Healthy Today

Early diagnosis and treatment are paramount to preserving your vision. If you are experiencing blurry vision, dimming, glare or double vision, call and schedule your appointment at the St. Paul Eye Clinic nearest you today or use our online appointment request form. We have 6 locations in St. Paul, Minnesota and 2 locations in northwest Wisconsin to serve you.