Are colors dull? Is night driving becoming more difficult? You might be experiencing the onset of cataracts. Cataracts affect most people at some point in their life. Are you seeking cataract surgery in St. Louis? Are you seeking the experience of a highly skilled cataract surgeon that provides a wide range of options? Patients can now see at multiple distances after cataract surgery and, in some cases, do not require glasses. Can you imagine a life free of the hassles of spectacle dependence? Pepose Vision Institute is your source for advanced and premium cataract surgery in St. Louis.
What Are Cataracts?
Inside our eyes, we have a natural lens. The lens bends (refracts) light rays that come into the eye to help us see. The lens should be clear. A cataract is a clouding of this usually clear, transparent lens of the eye.
A cataract is not a tumor or growth of new tissue over the eye but rather a fogging and loss of clarity of the lens itself. When a cataract forms, the lens can no longer focus the light clearly, resulting in your vision becoming cloudy. Things look blurry, hazy, or less colorful with a cataract. Some other vision changes you may notice include:
- Double vision
- Extreme sensitivity to light
- Trouble with night vision
- Seeing bright colors as faded or yellow
An early cataract may cause few problems with vision. If the cataract gets worse, sight may be partially or entirely lost until the cataract is removed. Cataract surgery is when the cataract is removed by replacing the cloudy lens.
What Causes Cataracts?
Although cataracts result from many conditions, the most frequent cause is the natural aging process. Other causes may include eye trauma, chronic eye disease, and other medical conditions such as diabetes. As we age, our eyes change in a gradual, predictable manner. During this time, the lens begins to break down its normal proteins; this causes cloudy lenses. By the time people reach their 60s, their lenses have usually started to cloud. Despite this, vision problems are not always immediately apparent.
Cataracts can take from a few months to several years to develop. Certain medications can accelerate the development of cataracts. Sometimes, the cataract stops developing in its early stages and vision is only slightly decreased. But if it continues to develop then it impairs vision and requires surgical removal.
Pepose Vision is a worldwide leader in the research of cataract treatment and removal. We utilize the latest technology and provide the convenience of a surgery center in our building. Our surgeons are involved in your entire surgical process, including pre-op, and are recognized each and every year among the very best.
How Do I Know If I Have Cataracts?
You may not notice any symptoms with early cataracts. As a cataract becomes more advanced you will notice a decrease in vision, not fully correctable with glasses. Contrast sensitivity is lost, so that shadows and color vision are less vivid. You may note more glare as light into the eye is scattered by the cataract. You may also observe halos around lights. Night vision will be diminished. In certain types of cataracts, double vision may be noted in the affected eye. Some patients note that they require frequent changes in their eyeglass or contact lens prescriptions and may be aware that their near vision is improving as their distance vision declines.
A cataract does not routinely cause discomfort or pain in the eye or alter the external appearance of the eye.
The only way to determine if your vision issue results from a cataract is to visit an eye care professional for a complete eye exam. We use state-of-the-art diagnostics to evaluate your eyes. Our wavefront diagnostic technology generates thousands of data points about your eyes in a matter of minutes. We are the only cataract surgeons in the greater St Louis area to provide this level of thoroughness during your exam.
We are St. Louis’ leading cataract surgeons and always provide our patients with compassionate and customized care.
How Are Cataracts Treated?
The only effective cataract treatment is surgery to remove the diseased, cloudy lens. Neither diet nor medications have been shown to stop cataract formation.
In a cataract operation, we remove the eye’s natural lens. Vision can then be obtained by implanting a permanent intraocular lens (IOL). This replaces the natural lens. This artificial lens is made of plastic and is usually inserted at the same time the cataract is removed. Depending on the individual case, the lens is placed directly behind or sometimes in front of the iris. The iris is the “colored” part of the eye.
There have been remarkable advances in cataract treatment. Premium lenses (IOLs) now not only help make vision clearer but can also help improve near and far vision. Often patients that select these lenses do not need to use their glasses anymore.
Our doctors will explain all of your exciting cataract lens implant options during your appointment, but if you would like to learn more in the meantime, please click here.
Please Review These Frequently Asked Questions on Cataracts
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Why Choose Pepose Vision For Your Cataract Surgery?
We know that “one size does not fit all.” We’re one of the first in the nation to offer the latest diagnostic and surgical technologies to our cataract patients.
We’ve worked with some of the leading developers of eye technology to perfect both the technology and the procedure, and our state of the art diagnostic tests for cataract surgery are the most advanced available today. These tests, and our unparalleled experience in interpreting the results, ensure that your procedure is tailored exactly to your needs.
Though cataract surgery has become “routine” in terms of occurrence, it is still SURGERY. We recommend that the best way to ensure a successful outcome is to choose a highly experienced surgeon who is involved in developing state-of-the-art treatments to enhance your vision outcome.
Our State-Of-The-Art Diagnostic Tests
Our Advanced Surgical Procedures
What Is the Cataract Surgery Process?
1) Schedule Your Cataract Screening at Pepose Vision
Call us at 636-728-0111 or contact us online to schedule your private 30 minute cataract screening with one of our doctors. We’ll check your eyes to confirm that your vision problems can be addressed through cataract surgery. You will also have time to ask questions and be given additional educational materials for your review. At the end of the consultation, we will schedule your pre-operative examination with one of our surgeons.
2. Come in for Your pre-operative exam
We will check and re-check your eyes using multiple, state-of-the-art diagnostic instruments, because the precision of the pre-operative measurements dictates the quality of your vision outcome. During this visit, your surgeon will answer any questions you still may have, and will discuss the cataract treatment that is most appropriate for your eyes and medical condition.
3. Schedule Your Procedure
Our surgery schedulers will obtain pre-certification from your insurer, if required, and will review all pre-operative instructions with you. They will also schedule all of your post-operative visits at this time. Each of your eyes will be treated on a separate day, approximately two weeks apart.
4. Come In for Your Brief, Pain-free Procedure!
Take one last look at the world through your clouded natural lens a blurry world devoid of vivid colors! Your procedure will be totally painless, thanks to topical and/or IV anesthesia. Within an hour of your surgery, you are ready to go home and treat yourself to a nap, via doctor’s orders!
What’s Your Next Step?
If you think you might have cataracts, or any vision issues, please come see us.
Our experienced doctors will use advanced diagnostics to determine exactly how to help you see your very best, patiently answer your questions and carefully explain all your options.