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Cataract Services

What Are Eye Cataracts?

  • A common eye condition that can cloud your vision.
  • The clouding or discoloration of the eye’s lens caused by natural proteins that build up as we age.
  • Cataracts can start to develop during middle age but you may not notice any symptoms until later in life.
  • 90 percent of people in the U.S. will have cataracts by the age 65.
  • There is no prevention or cure for cataracts.
A diagram representing two eyes where one needs eye cataract surgery in Overland Park, KS

Signs of Eye Cataracts

Have you noticed more blurring in your vision, even with glasses? Having trouble driving at night? Have you been squinting at the TV? You could be developing cataracts.

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By age 65, over 90 percent of people in the U.S. will have cataracts. They’re not a disease, nor can they cause irreversible blindness. A cataract is simply a clouding or discoloration of the eye’s lens caused by natural proteins that build up as we age.

If you think you might have eye cataracts, schedule an appointment to see if cataract surgery is recommended.

LenSx Laser

Our surgeons can use a femtosecond laser called LenSx that brings new levels of safety, accuracy and customization.

During the initial phase of cataract surgery, surgeons employ the LenSx laser to make the primary incisions needed for cataract removal. It can also help eliminate corneal astigmatism and soften the cataract for easier removal.

With LenSx surgery, incisions are made with a computer-controlled, blade-free laser. LenSx gives surgeons a brilliant, three-dimensional map of each eye, allowing the laser to be applied in the most precise and accurate manner possible.

LenSx is a femtosecond laser, which is a device that creates bursts of laser energy at an extremely fast rate. Femtosecond lasers work similarly to LASIK lasers, using ultrafast energy pulses to target and break up tissue or other substances at a molecular level without damaging nearby areas of the eye.

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Closeup of a Cataract in an Eye

Most people begin developing cataracts during middle age but may not notice any physical signs. Cataract symptoms include:  

  • Blurred vision
  • Seeing starbursts and/or halos around light sources
  • Sensitivity to light and worsening night vision
  • Needing more light to read
  • Fading or yellowing of colors
  • Frequent changes in your eyeglass prescription
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There are no medications, exercises or optical devices that can prevent or cure cataracts. If your symptoms interfere with daily activities, you may want to consider surgical solutions.

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Sabates Eye Centers offers the most up-to-date and cutting-edge technology in both traditional and laser-assisted cataract surgery. Both options are highly effective and safe. The choice between the two is made based on what works best for each patient’s lifestyle and budget.

During cataract surgery, usually performed as an outpatient procedure under local and sometimes topical anesthesia, the cloudy lens is removed. The natural lens is replaced with a permanent intraocular lens implant (IOL). If both eyes have cataracts, these will be need to be replaced one at a time, allowing several weeks for the eyes to properly heal.

ReSTOR, Crystalens, Toric, Tecnis IOL Lenses

Our ophthalmologists use microscopes and microsurgical techniques, utilizing ultrasonic devices that delicately break up cataracts into tiny pieces before they are safely removed.

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Our cataract surgeons perform topical, clear corneal, no-stitch cataract surgery. While this approach is not possible for all patients, it allows for a more rapid visual recovery.

Patients who wish to further improve their vision can do so with ATIOLs. The best lens for you depends on many factors, including your lifestyle and specific vision needs. In addition to removing the symptoms of cataracts, these advanced lenses can also correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and even age-related loss of near vision (presbyopia).

ATIOLs can help reduce or even eliminate the need for eyeglasses and contacts.

Additional costs are involved, and many patients choose to use an interest-free financing option or pay with cash or credit card. Contact us to discuss your options.

The Light Adjustable Lens is the only adjustable intraocular lens (IOL) available that allows optimization of your vision after lens implantation and healing. If you and your doctor select the Light Adjustable Lens, the first step is to have your cataract safely removed and the adjustable IOL implanted. The cataract removal and IOL implantation procedure is the same as if you selected a non-adjustable IOL. 

What is unique about the Light Adjustable Lens is that once your eye has healed, you return to your eye doctor to have your vision tested. During this visit you will be able to preview and compare possible vision outcomes based on your unique preferences and lifestyle requirements before selecting a prescription for your adjustable lens. Your doctor will then apply a proprietary light treatment that precisely reshapes your implanted lens based on the visual correction that is needed to target your custom prescription. You may need 3 to 5 total light treatments to reach your vision goals. 

Additional costs are involved, and many patients choose to use an interest-free financing option or pay with cash or credit card. Contact us to learn more and discuss your options. 

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