Raleigh, NC Cataract Surgery & Treatment
Raleigh Eye Center offers leading eye care services, including exceptional cataract surgery and treatment. Located on Executive Drive, our ophthalmologists have performed cataract surgery in Raleigh, NC for over 40 years, offering our patients the professional eye care that they expect.
What Are Cataracts?
A cataract is the progressive clouding of the eye’s natural lens that prevents light from properly reaching the retina, or back of the eye. This results in blurry, yellowing, foggy vision that can worsen over time. Cataracts can occur from aging, injury or disease, or they can be found in infants at birth.
Symptoms of cataracts include:
- Cloudy or blurry vision
- Loss of color perception
- Frequent changes in lens prescriptions
- Poor night vision
- Glares and halos
Our Raleigh ophthalmologists suggest that patients of all ages should wear dark sunglasses with 100% UV protection when outside, as heavy exposure to UV light rays has been shown to speed up cataract development.
Types of Cataracts We Diagnose & Treat
Nuclear cataracts are the most common type of cataracts seen by our eye doctors. Due to the fact that they develop deeply in the central zone of the lens, individuals with early nuclear cataracts may notice a temporary improvement in their nearsighted vision.
Cortical cataracts are characterized by white, wedge-like opacities that extend from the outside of the lens toward the center. Many people with diabetes develop cortical cataracts.
Subcapsular cataracts occur at the back of the lens and can often cause glare symptoms. People with diabetes or those taking high doses of steroid medication have the greatest risk of developing subcapsular cataracts.
Cataracts are one of the most common causes of visual loss in patients over the age of 65 and are a natural part of aging. This eye disease is only fixed through surgical procedures, but with advanced microsurgical techniques and laser assisted technology used by our physicians, including femtosecond laser assisted surgery, cataract surgery is performed with the utmost precision and care.
During surgery, the cloudy lens is removed and replaced with a clear, synthetic lens called an intraocular lens (IOL). Our ophthalmologists are experienced in monofocal, multifocal and toric intraocular lens implants. We use the latest surgical technique for cataracts called phacoemulsification, which uses only a small incision and no stitches. The cataract is broken apart using ultrasound vibrations before being gently suctioned away. The IOL is inserted through the same tiny incision, unfolding once inside the eye. This lens lasts a lifetime and will require no care by the patient.
Advances in laser technology provide femtosecond laser assisted cataract surgery using LenSx Laser Technology. This state-of-the-art equipment allows the surgeon to perform customized, bladeless cataract surgery with an image-guided femtosecond laser. Truly the cutting edge of surgical technology, advanced IOL options, such as the ReSTOR® and other multifocal and toric lenses, can correct the need for reading glasses following cataract surgery and offer correction for astigmatism. These lenses are uniquely designed to improve vision at all levels, giving our cataract patients the best chance to enjoy life without glasses.
Our physicians perform cataract surgery at the following facilities:
- Capital City Surgery Center Raleigh
- UNC Rex Hospital Raleigh
- Blue Ridge Surgery Center Raleigh
- Davis Ambulatory Surgical Center Durham
- Annie Penn Hospital Reidsville
- VCU Community Hospital South Hill, VA
Our eye doctors are happy to answer any questions you might have about cataracts, cataract surgery, corneal infections and more. Feel free to contact us today!