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Cataract

CataractSierra Nevada Eye Center offers the latest techniques, including no-stitch, no-needle, no-patch outpatient cataract surgery to maximize visual potential. And Dr. Wolff is the first physician in Nevada to offer TriMoxi for cataract surgery, allowing most patients to avoid using expensive eye drops for cataract surgery. We are also pleased to offer patients the latest technology… blade free cataract surgery using the LenSx femtosecond laser. Dr. Wolff has extensive experience with a wide variety of intraocular lenses, including multifocal lenses (ReSTOR and Tecnis,) extended depth of focus (EDOF) lenses including Tecnis Symfony lens for presbyopia correction, and toric lenses for astigmatism correction.

Cataract Surgery and Vision Correction Packages:

  • Premium Technology Package – Femtolaser technology, ORA wavefront measurement, and presbyopic lens implant for the best distance and near vision with the least dependence on glasses.
  • Premium Astigmatism Package – Femtolaser technology, ORA wavefront measurement, and toric lens implant for the best distance vision, and use of reading glasses after.
  • Astigmatism Package – Femtolaser technology, ORA wavefront measurement, and corneal incisions to reduce astigmatism and reduce dependence on glasses for distance vision (will require reading glasses).
  • Standard (insurance) Package – Standard cataract surgery (without laser) and standard monofocal lens implant; may require use of bifocal glasses at all times afterward.

What is a cataract?

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mature_cataract_with-captionJust like a camera, the eye has a lens to focus light. A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens. It is the most common cause of decreased vision in adults over age 60, and most adults over age 60 will eventually develop cataracts. Cataracts most commonly occur as a result of aging changes in the lens, but may also develop as a result of eye injury, medication side effects, and other causes.

How do cataracts affect vision?

As the eye’s lens gets cloudy, it can no longer focus light properly, and the light gets scattered in the eye. The cloudiness also blocks some of the light from getting to the retina in the back of the eye. This may result in the following symptoms:

  • Blurred vision
  • Glare or halos around lights (especially when driving at night)
  • Double vision
  • Frequent changes in glasses prescriptions
  • Changes or dulling of colors

What is the treatment for cataracts?

Cataracts cannot be treated by medications, nor by changes in diet or lifestyle. Early on, changing glasses may allow one to see through cataracts. Eventually, cataracts may progress to the point where changing glasses will not help. When that happens, cataract surgery is the only way to improve vision.

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