A cataract is when the natural lens inside the eye becomes discolored and clouded, resulting in hazy or blurred vision at all distances. Cataracts may also result in double vision, trouble seeing well at night or in dim light, or seeing bright colors as faded or yellowish.
Aging is the most common risk factor for cataracts. By age 75, approximately 50% of Americans have cataracts. Other risk factors for cataracts include:
Family members with cataracts
A health history that includes eye injury, eye surgery, or radiation on your upper body
Lots of time in the sun, especially without sunglasses to protect your eyes from ultraviolet rays
More than three million cataract procedures are performed each year, making it the most common surgery performed in the United States.
Grand Rapids Ophthalmology provides comprehensive care before, during, and after surgery. Your doctor will first perform a complete cataract evaluation to determine the severity of the cataract, explain the procedure, and review the lens options with you to help you choose the best solution for your unique eyes.
Grand Rapids Ophthalmology performs cataract surgery in our Center for Medicare Services (CMS) certified and Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) accredited ambulatory surgery center. Our surgeons provide comprehensive care before, during, and after surgery:
Dedicated to 100% patient satisfaction
Present from the initial evaluation to post-op consultation
Experts in advanced technology
Grand Rapids Ophthalmology also offers affordable financing options, including flex plans and 12 months, 0% interest options.
Schedule appointment to evaluate your possible cataract.
Discuss options for lens implant type.
Review the process of coming in for surgery and how to prepare.
At the time of cataract surgery, a small incision is made in the eye and the cloudy lens is removed. It is replaced with a clear, artificial lens called an intraocular lens (IOL). The new lens is folded and inserted through the same incision.
Grand Rapids Ophthalmology offers traditional IOLs and advanced technology implants.
Intraocular Lens Options
Thanks to modern advancements, there’s never been a better time to have cataract surgery! Grand Rapids Ophthalmology offers traditional IOLs and advanced technology IOLs (ATIOLs) that allow you to eliminate cataracts as well as reduce your dependence on glasses and contacts. The best lens for you depends on many factors, including your lifestyle and specific vision needs.
Traditional IOLs improve vision but may require the need for glasses to see well close up and/or at a distance after surgery. Traditional cataract surgery is accepted by most insurance plans.
Advanced technology IOLs (ATIOLs) optimize near and distance vision and correct astigmatism. ATIOLs reduce your dependency on glasses or bifocals to see at near, far, and intermediate distances.
If you have been diagnosed with cataracts, it is important that you select an experienced surgeon with a reputation for excellence like the professional ophthalmologists at Grand Rapids Ophthalmology.
Enjoy Improved Vision With Cataract Surgery
If you think you may have cataracts, now is the time to schedule a complete eye exam. If you are ready for surgery, the doctors at Grand Rapids Ophthalmology are happy to review the options and help you choose the best solution for your unique eyes.
Schedule an Appointment to Learn About Your Options
At Grand Rapids Ophthalmology we want to help you experience the world with clear vision, free from the hassle of glasses or contacts! To make this dream a reality, we offer cataract surgery and a variety of lens options.
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