About Cataracts

At Heaton Eye Associates, we have performed thousands and thousands of cataract procedures and are committed to providing the most advanced techniques available, the best results and exceptional patient care. Restoring your vision and allowing you to do the things you enjoy has never been easier.

In fact, cataract surgery is the most frequently performed procedure in the United States. In the hands of our experienced surgeons, recovery time is quick and visual results are excellent. Heaton Eye Associates is at the forefront of technology. We offer a variety of options to fit your lifestyle needs, allowing you more freedom from glasses and contacts after cataract surgery.

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A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens that occurs as we age. A cataract can make your vision seem cloudy, blurry or dull.

Do you have trouble with any of the following?

  • Difficulty seeing/driving at night
  • Seeing to do handiwork or detail work
  • Trouble seeing television
  • Judging distance or depth perception
  • Bothered by glare from the sun, cars or street lights
  • Cloudy or filmy vision

If you answered yes to any of the above symptoms, you may have cataracts. Cataract surgery is the most frequently performed surgery in the U.S. During this procedure, your eye’s cloudy natural lens is removed and replaced with an Intraocular Lens Implant (IOL). Cataract surgery today is even more advanced and safer than the days of your parents and grandparents, and there are few restrictions following surgery. In fact, Heaton Eye Associates is on the forefront of technology and offers a wide variety of options to fit your needs and lifestyle.

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Cataract Steps

Unfortunately, medication, eye drops, new glasses, or other forms of treatment cannot cure cataracts. The only way to restore clear vision is to remove the cloudy lens, and replace it with a new lens. The intraocular lens implant (IOL) is the most effective replacement lens used today. There have been great advances in intraocular lens implants.

Step One
Through a micro-incision in your eye, your surgeon will use an ultrasound probe to break up and remove the cloudy, cataract-affected lens.
Step Two
The flexible lens implant is gently inserted into the eye, to replace your cloudy lens.
Step Three
With the cataract removed, and the new lens in place, light can once again travel clearly to the back of your eye, and focus properly.

Many patients are slightly fearful about having cataract surgery because they may remember a parent or grandparent having the surgery. Prior to advancements in cataract surgery, cataract patients could have had long hospital stays, experienced pain or discomfort, and had to remain inactive for a long period of time. In addition, patients had to wear thick, heavy cataract glasses after their surgery, often referred to as “Coke bottle glasses.” But today, with the use of modern techniques and advanced technology, cataract surgery is virtually painless. We use a No-Shot, No-Stitch, No-Patch procedure that takes only a few minutes to perform, and with the help of new Lifestyle Lenses, visual results are better than ever.