Cataract Surgery in Wilmington NC

Our Wilmington, Southport, and Hampstead Practices Provide Surrounding Areas Including Jacksonville, Myrtle Beach, and Eastern North and South Carolina with Superior Cataract Surgery

A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens, the clear part of the eye that focuses light on the retina to produce an image. If light passes through a clouded lens, the image you see will be blurred. Most cataracts are age-related but there are several different types including traumatic and congenital cataracts, to name a few. Cataracts are very common and can occur in just one or both eyes. A cataract can be the reason sharp images become blurred, bright colors become dull, or seeing at night is more difficult. It may also be why the reading glasses or bifocals that once helped you read, or do other simple tasks, no longer seem to help.

There are not a lot of treatment options available for cataracts. If it has not matured to the point of interfering with your ability to safely perform your daily activities, we may just want to monitor the cataract’s progression with regular check-ups. If stronger glasses will help, we can also prescribe those for you. However, since cataracts are progressive and cannot be prevented, you’ll eventually need cataract surgery to restore your vision. By removing the cataract and replacing it with an artificial lens, your vision and quality of life may significantly improve. The time to have your cataracts removed is when the quality of your vision begins to put limits on your activities and enjoyment of life. With the use of the latest technologies, our experienced cataract surgeons Kathleen C. Leone, Matej Polomsky and Christopher Covington provide improvement in vision caused by cataracts. Thanks to the expert approach to cataract surgery at Wilmington Eye, our patients have experienced dramatic improvement in both their vision and their quality of life.

During cataract surgery, your surgeon will make two small incisions on the side of the cornea, the clear, dome-shaped surface that covers the front of the eye. After making these incisions, they’ll construct a small circular opening in the membrane around the cataract. This is called a capsulorhexis. Your surgeon will then insert a tiny probe that emits ultrasound waves to soften and break up the clouded lens so that it can be removed by suction, known as phacoemulsification. Once the cataract is removed, an intraocular lens implant (IOL) will be inserted in the same tiny incision, unfolded, and set into place

An IOL is an artificial, man-made lens that replaces your clouded natural lens. IOLs were first introduced in 1949 and are available today in many shapes, sizes, and lens materials. There are several lens options for you to consider depending on your postoperative visual goals.

A monofocal IOL can focus only at one point, usually at distance and most patients will still needed reading glasses to see near objects. A toric lens can reduce or eliminate corneal astigmatism and significantly improve uncorrected distance vision. At our offices in Wilmington, Southport, and Hampstead — and serving Jacksonville, Myrtle Beach, New Bern, and other areas of eastern North and South Carolina — we offer multifocal intraocular lenses. A multifocal IOL can provide a full range of vision, including distance, intermediate, and a reduced dependency on reading glasses for near vision.During cataract surgery, these sophisticated devices can be used to improve focusing ability as well as to replace natural lenses that have become clouded by cataracts.

Cataract surgery has had a major technical advancement develop over the past couple of years. In 2012, the femtosecond laser bladeless cataract procedure was FDA approved. As a practice, we are and always have been, dedicated to state of the art eye care for our patients. We are continually looking for better ways to serve our patients and deliver the visual outcomes you demand. So we are especially pleased to announce that our practice now utilizes the most technologically advanced option for cataract surgery—Alcon’s LenSx® laser. The LenSx femtosecond laser revolutionizes the way cataract surgery is performed.

Unlike traditional cataract surgery, where your surgeon manually makes the corneal incision with a blade, manually creates the opening in the front of the capsular bag, and manually divides the cataract with the ultrasonic probe, in bladeless laser cataract surgery, the LenSx laser automates these challenging steps of cataract surgery in a personalized protocol. Your surgeon combines the LenSx laser with real-time image guided features to create small incisions with a higher degree of precision. Your astigmatism can be accurately treated with this technology at the same time the cataract is removed! Femtosecond laser uses light energy to open and soften the cataract in a predictable manner

The LenSx laser is an advanced, precision-based technology that operates with unmatched accuracy and computer control, helping your surgeon customize the procedure for your eye. It is unquestionably the most technologically advanced option for cataract patients to be developed in the past decade. Choosing femtosecond laser assisted refractive cataract surgery can provide the benefits of a blade-free approach and a full range of vision when combined with a multifocal lens implant

Cataract surgery is one of the most common procedures performed. It is typically an outpatient procedure requiring only a small amount of time and regardless of the technology you choose, most patients are generally able to return to their daily activities shortly after their cataract surgery.

Each visitor to Wilmington Eye in eastern North Carolina receives the latest cataract surgery information as well as the thorough care and attention they expect from the area’s foremost ophthalmology practice. To learn more about cataract surgery and how it may benefit you, contact our office today for an informative consultation.

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