Most everyone age 60 or older will be affected by cataracts. This extremely common eye disorder occurs when the natural proteins within the eye’s lens begin to clump together, distorting vision. “Cloudy” and “hazy” are terms often used to describe vision when a cataract is present. When cataracts first become noticeable, many people compensate by using brighter light, seeking large-print materials, or wearing stronger lenses. As time passes, however, surgical correction becomes necessary to maintain sight and handle everyday tasks such as reading and driving.
Maynor & Mitchell Eye Center is widely recognized as a leader in cataract treatment. During cataract surgery, the clouded areas of the lens are removed, and an intraocular lens (IOL) is placed in the eye. IOLs are small, thin, flexible plastic lenses that permanently restore vision after cataract surgery. Many cataract patients are surprised and pleased with their quality of vision with IOLs.
Today’s advanced technology is far superior to IOLs used even a few years ago. Lenses by Crystalens® are considered “accommodating,” which means they work with the muscles of your eye to focus on near, middle, and far objects, in many cases without the need for additional bifocals. Other patients find great success with ReSTOR® lenses, which use a specialized technology known as adopized refraction, meaning that the lens is built in tiny concentric circles that manipulate light in different ways to handle a wide variety of visual tasks. Both Crystalens® and ReSTOR® IOLs produce vision that is clear and sharp under almost any condition.