What is a Cataract?

Cataracts Explained

Inside your eye is a natural lens, which can gradually become cloudy and discolored. This loss of clarity is called a cataract.  Most of us will get cataracts that require surgery. 

A diagram showing the effects of a cataract

During cataract surgery, your doctor will remove your clouded lens and replace it with an intraocular lens, or IOL for short.   We will discuss cataract surgery, but right now we want to state the obvious…. Surgery on your eyes may cause you some apprehension.  Here at OMEG, we realize any surgery is a big deal. Our goal is to put you at ease by providing the best technology and experience.  We also want to highlight the wonderful opportunity you have to reduce your need for glasses, that is, we want to focus on your life after cataracts!

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During your evaluation, we will check the health of your eye from front to back.  We will also discuss different activities you participate in and the “range of vision” you use most as part of that exam. At Oklahoma Medical Eye Group we want to know what activities are most important to you.  Why?  Well, we do like to get to know our patients…but we also understand there are numerous IOL or implant lens options.  We can only recommend the right option for you by understanding your unique vision needs.  Again, we want to focus on you and your life after cataracts!

Now that you know more about cataracts, and that there are vision correction options, take some time to consider how you want to see after cataract surgery.  

Questions to consider:

  • Do you want to wear glasses?
  • Do you want to reduce dependency on glasses for distance activities like golf, driving, television and ball games?

Learn more about astigmatism and your IOL options.

  • Do you want to reduce dependence on glasses for distance AND near activities?

Learn more about presbyopia and your IOL options.

When you come in for your consultation, we’ll talk about the ways you use your vision. Because at Oklahoma Medical Eye Group we want you to focus on the result you want from surgery.

Think about the following:

  • What activities are important to you?
  • Do you often use computers or mobile devices?
  • What do you do for a living?
  • Do you spend time in dimly lit environments?
  • Do you prefer to read digitally or in print?
  • Do you use glasses to read? 
  • How do you feel about glasses and contacts?
  • Have you been diagnosed with astigmatism?

Treatment Options

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Take Our Cataract Self-Test

Many people are unaware that they have cataracts because the changes in their vision are so gradual, and the severity of cataracts vary from person to person. The loss of transparency may be mild, hardly impacting vision, or in some cases so severe that no shapes or movements are seen, only light and dark.

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