Cataracts

We are proud to be the first in central and Northern NY to offer the most advanced technology in cataract surgery.

Cataracts are one of the leading causes of visual impairment in the world. A cataract is a clouding or opacity of the natural lens inside the eye. The lens is located just behind the iris (the colored part of your eye). It functions somewhat like the lens on a camera, focusing the light that enters your eye onto the retina. 

However, when the lens becomes cloudy, it prevents light and images from passing through to the retina, and the vision becomes impaired. By far, the most common cause of cataracts is the natural aging process. It accounts for over 90% of all cases of cataracts. Medications (such as steroids), trauma, diabetes, genetics, and ultraviolet light can also contribute to the development of cataracts. 

As a general rule, most cataracts develop slowly over time, from months to years, before they mature enough to start affecting vision and interfering in daily activities.

Most Common Cataract Symptoms:
  • Blurry, hazy vision
  • Glare, causing difficulty driving, especially at night
  • Double vision
  • Eyestrain
  • Yellowish discoloration of vision
  • Frequent changes in eyeglass prescription
  • Dull colors

Risk Factors for Cataracts:

  • Advanced age
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • Family history
  • Trauma
  • Steroid use
  • Overexposure to sunlight without UV protection

Traditional cataract surgery involves the creation of several small incisions which are made manually with a blade. With Victus the most challenging steps of traditional cataract surgery are automated allowing the surgeon to create those incisions with a higher degree of precision, blade-free!

The VICTUS platform is designed for:

  • Versatility
  • Precision
  • Quality
  • Speed
  • Visualization

Femtosecond lasers emit optical pulses of extremely short duration in the domain of femtoseconds, as short as one-quadrillionth of a second. These ultra-short pulses do not transfer heat or shock to the material being cut and can make surgical incisions with extreme precision. The technology was developed in the early 1990s at the University of Michigan Engineering Center.

 The first commercial platform was introduced in 2002 and the original approval was for flap creation during LASIK surgery. Recent platform approvals have been expanded to include additional corneal/therapeutic procedures and cataract applications.

Contact us to learn more about your treatment options for cataracts.

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The FAQ's of Cataracts

Cataracts are one of the leading causes of visual impairment in the world. A cataract is a clouding or opacity of the natural lens inside the eye. The lens is located just behind the iris (the colored part of your eye). It functions somewhat like the lens on a camera, focusing the light that enters your eye onto the retina. 

 

However, when the lens becomes cloudy, it prevents light and images from passing through to the retina, and the vision becomes impaired. By far, the most common cause of cataracts is the natural aging process. It accounts for over 90% of all cases of cataracts. Medications (such as steroids), trauma, diabetes, genetics, and ultraviolet light can also contribute to the development of cataracts. 

 

As a general rule, most cataracts develop slowly over time, from months to years, before they mature enough to start affecting vision and interfering in daily activities.

Knowing that fact, and looking at statistics in the eye care world, it is safe to say that the average age of a patient needing cataract surgery is around 60. This is the midway point between when cataracts tend to develop and the average age that most humans live.

  • Nuclear Sclerotic Cataracts. ...
  • Cortical Cataracts. ...
  • Posterior Subcapsular Cataracts.
  • Blurry, hazy vision
  • Glare, causing difficulty driving, especially at night
  • Double vision
  • Eyestrain
  • Yellowish discoloration of vision
  • Frequent changes in eyeglass prescription
  • Dull colors
  • Advanced age
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • Family history
  • Trauma
  • Steroid use
  • Overexposure to sunlight without UV protection

Surgery is the only way to get rid of a cataract, but you may not need to get surgery right away. Home treatment. Early on, you may be able to make small changes to manage your cataracts.

Currently, there is no non-surgical cure for cataracts that has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration or other government body medical procedure regulators.

Traditional cataract surgery involves the creation of several small incisions which are made manually with a blade. 

Center for Sight uses VICTUS™ Femtosecond Laser Platform and it is designed for: 

  • Versatility
  • Precision
  • Quality
  • Speed
  • Visualization

Cataract surgery is not at all painful. Most patients describe a mild sensation of pressure around the eye. In some cases, we may use local anaesthesia (administered via eye drops) or perform a small anaesthetic block around the eye.

Certain types of cataracts progress quite rapidly and cause cloudy vision within a few months. Fortunately, these are relatively uncommon. Most cataracts develop gradually and do not require surgery for many months or years.

Contact lenses can be a preferable option for many people, but there are some eye health issues and visual conditions that require certain precautions when wearing these lenses. Wearing contact lenses after you have had cataracts removed surgically is not an issue as long as the eyes have had enough time to heal.