Cataract Causes and Treatment
Vision Restoring Cataract Treatment in Spokane, WA
Millions of people develop cataracts every year, but they don’t have to settle for a life of blurry, distorted vision. Since 1980, we’ve helped thousands of patients restore their vision by removing their cataracts — now we’re ready to help you. At Eye Consultants, we provide you with experienced surgeons, advanced technology, and overall exceptional care to ensure that you can experience the world as it was meant to be seen: clearly.
What are Cataracts?
The eye has a natural lens that helps it focus light, which is essential to see images clearly. As you age, the lens inside your eye may become cloudy and opaque. This is called a cataract. Cataracts prevent your lens from focusing light properly, resulting in poor vision.
Luckily, your eyesight can be easily restored — and improved — with a simple cataract surgery procedure. During cataract surgery, the clouded natural lens is removed and replaced with a clear, artificial, intraocular lens (IOL), restoring your vision.
What Causes Cataracts
Cataracts are incredibly common, and most often caused by aging. Cataracts that affect vision are most common in patients over 50 years old. This is because the lenses in your eyes become thicker, less flexible, and less transparent due to tissues in the lens breaking down as you age.
While cataracts can affect anyone, there are a few risk factors that may increase the chances of developing a cataract, such as:
- Eye injuries
- High blood pressure
- Overexposure to sunlight
- Previous eye surgeries
- Steroid use
Like so many other eye diseases, cataracts develop slowly, causing gradual vision loss. If you have a cataract, over time, you may begin to notice changes in your vision that make performing everyday tasks more difficult.
A few of the symptoms you may experience include:
- Blurry or cloudy vision
- Poor night vision
- Frequent changes in your vision
- Glare and halos around lights
- Distorted/yellowing colors
- Double vision
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, you may have a cataract. The next step is to schedule a consultation with one of the expert Spokane eye doctors at Eye Consultants. We can evaluate your eyesight and help you determine the next steps to take.
What to Expect During Spokane Cataract Surgery
When left untreated, cataracts can affect your quality of life. Whether it’s becoming harder to drive at night, reading is getting difficult, or you just can’t see the world as clearly as you used to, we’re here to provide you with options.
As one of the most commonly performed procedures in the world, cataract surgery is quick, comfortable, and safe. This is especially true when completed by our experienced surgeon using advanced cataract surgery technology.
During cataract surgery, our Spokane eye surgeon will make a small incision in the eye. We’ll gently break up the old lens, before replacing it with a clear, artificial intraocular lens, which restores your sight. This process only takes about 10 minutes per eye. After surgery, we ask that you rest, and you can usually expect to return to most normal activities 24 hours after your procedure.
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Premium IOLs in Spokane
When IOLs were first developed, their only function was to restore a patient’s vision back to where it was before they had cataracts. With remarkable advancements in lens technology, IOLs can now not only restore vision but make it better than ever before!
At Eye Consultants, we provide our patients with multiple IOL options to choose from, including advanced technology IOLs like multifocal and toric IOLs. These IOLs are designed to correct refractive errors, including myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism, by providing improved vision at various distances.
During your cataract evaluation, we’ll discuss all of your lens options and help you decide which lens is best for your vision goals and lifestyle.
Top Cataract Surgeon in Spokane
When you decide that it’s time to remove your cataracts and restore your vision, you want to ensure that you’re trusting your eye health to the very best. At Eye Consultants, our board-certified ophthalmologist, Gary Fillmore, M.D., specializes in cataract surgery. He served as chief resident at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and has helped thousands of patients restore and improve their sight.
Dr. Fillmore uses some of the most advanced equipment and treats every patient with the individualized, personal care they deserve.
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Cataract Surgery Cost
If you have cataracts, then you deserve to regain your vision through safe, quality cataract surgery that you can reasonably afford. At Eye Consultants, we’re always straightforward about expenses. While surgery to remove a cataract is almost always covered by your health insurance provider, there may be some out-of-pocket expense with some of the advanced technology IOLs.
We offer zero-interest financing options through CareCredit to help more of our patients realize the wonderful benefits of these advanced technology IOLs.
Restoring Your Vision with Eye Consultants
Suffering from cataracts can feel debilitating, but we’re here to help you regain your eyesight and quality of life. When you choose Eye Consultants for your cataract surgery, you can rest assured that you’re getting some of the most advanced surgical equipment, the very best procedures, and a local surgical team whose members hold your best interests at heart.