[Tyler, Texas] – Did you know cataracts are a leading cause of vision loss in adults? Cataracts are very common, affecting nearly 22 million Americans age 40 and older. By age 80, half of all Americans will develop cataracts. As we head into Cataract Awareness Month, Heaton Eye Associates is educating East Texans about Cataracts.
A cataract is a gradual clouding of the eye’s natural crystalline lens. This lens assists with focusing light rays onto the retina, which communicates images to the brain. After the cataract starts to cloud the lens, it is impossible to return the lens to its clear state with medications or other treatment and surgery becomes necessary.
"Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness worldwide, but in most situations, they are easily removed" says Dr. Charles Heaton, M.D., "Today cataract surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia. At Heaton Eye Associates we use a no shot, no stitch and no patch surgery which generally takes less than 10 minutes to perform and has a very quick recovery time." Cataract surgery is the most frequently performed surgical procedure in the United States, with more than 3 million procedures performed each year. The doctors at Heaton Eye Associates perform cataract surgery in our AAAHC, Medicare Certified Ambulatory Surgery Center where over 3,000 procedures were performed last year.
"If there was ever a time to have cataract surgery, now is definitely it.” says Dr. Heaton, "We can now replace the cataract lens with a new state-of-the-art premium lens implant. These amazing lenses can provide patients with a range of vision from near to far and in between. They are called Lifestyle Lens Implants and allow patients to do most things without glasses. It’s a great feeling not only to restore my patients’ vision but also to give them more independence from their glasses so they can do the things they love.”
So how do you know if you have a cataract and when should you have surgery? Dr. Heaton explains: “Most patients start to notice issues with glare while driving at night, a loss of color, loss of detail or sharpness on items such as road signs, or they tend to see a large change in prescription during their annual eye exam. Patients should consider surgery when the cataract begins to interfere with their vision and daily activities.”
To learn more about cataracts or to schedule a cataract exam, contact Heaton Eye Associates at (903) 526-0444 or www.heatoneye.com