What is Cataract Surgery?
As the eye ages, proteins break down and can cause the natural lens within the eye to become cloudy. The clouding of this natural lens is called a cataract. The only way to remove and treat a cataract is with a surgical procedure. Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss worldwide but they can often be effectively treated on an outpatient basis.
Cataract surgery is a common procedure performed to treat cataracts that develop within the eye. It may be recommended when a cataract begins to interfere with your vision or quality of life. At West County Ophthalmology, our board-certified ophthalmologists perform traditional and femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery (FLACS) to treat this common eye condition. To learn more about cataract procedures, please contact one of our facilities in Chesterfield or O'Fallon, MO to schedule an appointment with our team.
How is cataract surgery performed?
During cataract surgery, the clouded lens within the eye is removed and replaced with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). There is a range of lens types available to address and help correct a variety of vision concerns. Our ophthalmology team can help you determine the ideal type of IOL for your lifestyle and needs.
To begin the procedure, a local anesthetic will be used to numb the eye. You may be given mild sedation to help you feel more relaxed. Our eye surgeon will create small incisions to access the lens and use specialized instruments or a femtosecond laser to break up the cataract and remove it. A new, clear intraocular lens will then be positioned with the eye. A shield may be placed to cover your eye and protect it as it heals.
After your procedure, our team will provide you with post-treatment instructions. Eye drops may also be prescribed for you to use following your surgery. A follow-up appointment will likely be scheduled to allow your ophthalmologist to assess your healing. You will likely notice improved vision as your eye heals.
Improve Your vision with cataract surgery
The majority of patients diagnosed with cataracts are older, but certain lifestyle factors, such as smoking and alcohol consumption can accelerate the formation of cataracts. When left untreated, cataracts will likely continue to worsen and result in vision loss that can interfere with daily activities. Our ophthalmologists help restore and improve vision for patients with cataracts in Chesterfield and O'Fallon, MO. If you have cataracts and are searching for an experienced eye surgeon, please contact West County Ophthalmology to request a treatment consultation.
Cataract Surgery Reviews
"Dr Shields is very kind and soft spoken. He does not rush. He explained my cataract surgery every step of the way. I would recommend Dr shields and his entire staff. "- M. / Healthgrades / Mar 31, 2017
"Dr Brothers has been my family’s eye doctor for 5 years. She has been helpful with many issues over the years. I find her to be knowledgeable and kind. She did cataract surgery on my father and he couldn’t be more thrilled with the results. I highly recommend her ( but it makes it harder and harder to get in!). She makes it worth it. The staff is equally wonderful and you can tell they work together well."- E.J. / Google / May 10, 2019
"Dr. Shields performed cataract surgery on both my eyes. From the first visit, through surgery, follow-up appointments and phone calls he was most professional, attentive, and an excellent surgeon. He takes as much time as needed with his patients, never rushes anyone and answers all questions. I definitely would recommend Dr. Shields to everyone."- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Feb 27, 2019
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