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Cataract

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CATARACT SURGERY

A cataract refers to the clouding of the eye’s natural lens, which lies behind the iris and the pupil. This clouding occurs when proteins in the lens clump together, obstructing light passage and causing blurred vision. Cataracts often develop slowly and can affect one or both eyes. They are a common age-related condition but can also result from injury, certain medications, or medical conditions like diabetes.

Cataract surgery is a procedure performed to remove the cloudy lens and replace it with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). It’s one of the most common and successful surgical procedures globally. During the surgery, a skilled ophthalmologist makes a tiny incision in the eye, then uses ultrasound energy (phacoemulsification) or laser technology to break up the cloudy lens and remove it. Once the cataract is removed, an artificial lens is implanted in its place to restore clear vision.

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What is Cataract surgery?

What is Cataract Surgery?

Cataract surgery, which is also called lens replacement surgery, is the removal of the natural lens of the human eye that has developed a cataract, an opaque or cloudy area. The eye’s natural lens is usually replaced with an artificial intraocular lens.

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When is Cataract Surgery recommended?

Your eye doctor will probably suggest cataract surgery if you have vision loss that gets in the way of everyday activities like reading, driving, or watching TV. Your doctor might also recommend surgery even if your cataracts aren’t the main cause of your vision problems.

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What are the different types of cataract surgery?

The two main types of cataract surgery are:

  • Phacoemulsification: The most common type, where the cataract is broken up using ultrasound and removed through a tiny incision.
  • Extracapsular Cataract Extraction (ECCE): Involves removing the cataract in one piece through a larger incision.
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Can Cataract come back after Surgery?

No, cataracts cannot come back after surgery. The artificial intraocular lens cannot grow a cataract. However, after surgery the lens capsule may become cloudy. This can lead to blurry vision, creating symptoms similar to cataracts.

What is a Cataract?

It’s important to note a cataract is a natural part of the aging process. As you get into your 50s, 60s and 70s, cataracts start to develop when the proteins within the lens of the eye begin to break down. The result is your once-clear lens becomes cloudy, colors become dull and vision starts to deteriorate.

Cataracts develop slowly, subtle at first and gradually affect your ability to read, watch TV, drive and do other daily activities. Not only are cataracts frustrating and inconvenient, they also present a safety issue. Consider the effects of declining night vision, the inability to read street signs clearly and even the loss of depth perception. These challenges put individuals at risk during otherwise simple, everyday activities like driving across town or getting out of the bathtub.

Fortunately the advanced laser cataract surgery techniques available at Eye Care Guam are designed to “turn back the clock” for more youthful, vibrant vision and the peace of mind that comes with it.

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A Modern Approach
to
Cataract Surgery

Eye cataract surgeons address cataracts by removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with a new one. In fact, cataract surgery is one of the most common surgical procedures on the planet.

Cataract surgery has advanced significantly since becoming common in the 1950s. The Eye Care Guam uses groundbreaking laser technology and techniques to deliver precise, personalized results.

1.  Our Doctors creates a tiny opening to reach the eye’s natural lens, which has become cloudy and turned into a cataract.

2. They break up and removes the cloudy lens through the tiny opening.

3. The cloudy natural lens is replaced with a crystal-clear, biocompatible, artificial lens.

4. The entire procedure takes just 10 minutes per eye … but your new lens will last forever.

Many patients tell us their youthful vision is restored, and it’s like their eyes are 20+ years younger.

What is “Advanced”
Cataract Surgery?

Basic manual cataract surgery techniques involve a blade to create the opening; then, the surgeon will replace your cloudy lens with a “fixed-focal” artificial lens. This means the lens has a set distance at which it will focus, and patients will typically need readers or bifocals for many daily activities.

In contrast, our doctors strongly recommends Advanced Cataract Surgery for those who qualify. This advanced procedure is bladeless and uses lasers to access the cloudy lens. Additionally, we have partnerships with a number of leading-edge lens manufacturers around the world, which allows us to obtain many different types of “multifocal” lenses that can be customized to each patient.

The multifocal lens technology is precisely what it sounds like – it allows patients to focus on objects at multiple distances. So, not only do patients achieve visual clarity, but they can also reduce or eliminate the need for readers or bifocals for many of their daily activities.

At your evaluation, our doctors will discuss all your cataract surgery options with you so you can make an informed decision about your vision and your health.

BENEFITS OF CATARACT SURGERY AT
EYE CARE GUAM

Dr. Peter Lombard is a board-certified ophthalmologist

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Enjoy the benefits

These deposits cloud the lens and cause foggy and blurry vision. Cataract surgery fixes this and these new lens provides clearer, crisper vision.

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You Don't Have To Worry

The new artificial lens that can improve your vision, correcting astigmatism, or improving nearsightedness and farsightedness.

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Intraocular Lens

Multifocal IOLs are lenses which offer an acceptable restoration of vision for both near and distance, and can be customized to your active lifestyle.

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EYE CARE GUAM

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Affordable Care

While it may seem like a large investment up front, you may be surprised at how affordable eye surgery is once you consider lifetime costs .

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Financing

People often need different types of glasses for different activities, Eye Surgery removes these day-to-day hassles and concerns.

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Personalization

It’s normal to take pride in our appearance, and some people just don’t like how they look in glasses.

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See your future clearly after
Cataract Surgery.

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