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.
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, vision is impaired, and surgical treatment is required.
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?
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 problem results from a cataract is to visit an eye care professional for a complete examination. At Pepose Vision Institute, 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 Bi-State 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 do you treat cataracts?
In a cataract operation, the eye’s natural lens is removed. Vision can then be obtained by implanting a permanent intraocular lens (IOL), which 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, less frequently, in front of the iris, the “colored” part of the eye.
There have been remarkable advances in the treatment of cataracts, namely in the use of premium lenses (IOLs) that 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.
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Why choose Pepose Vision for your cataract surgery?
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.