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Cataract Surgery Co-Management

Senior Woman, Happy and seeing well, after eye surgery for cataracts

Cataracts is a disease of the eye that results in the clouding of the lens of the eyeball. Cataracts prevent clear images from appearing on the eye’s retina; causing mild, moderate, even severe blurred vision.

Typically an eye disorder associated with aging (over half of the people in America over age 80 have either had a cataract or cataract surgery), cataracts generally occur later in life as the lens structure within the human eye changes and gets older. In addition to age, other risk factors that lead to cataracts include smoking, UV overexposure and diabetes.

During the evaluation of your eye health we will carefully examine your lens for signs of cataract formation. If a cataract is noticed and the clouding is causing visual disruption, the optometrist will refer you to a trusted and respected surgeon for surgery, which is the only known cure for cataracts. Our Eye Care Practice will be there for you providing pre and post cataract surgery care.

Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is the removal of the natural lens of the eye (also called “crystalline lens”) that has developed an opacification, which is referred to as a cataract. Metabolic changes of the crystalline lens fibers over the time lead to the development of the cataract and loss of transparency, causing impairment or loss of vision. During cataract surgery, a patient’s cloudy natural lens is removed and replaced with a synthetic lens to restore the transparency of the lens.

Following surgical removal of the natural lens, an artificial intraocular lens implant is inserted (eye surgeons say that the lens is “implanted”). Cataract surgery is generally performed by an ophthalmologist (eye surgeon) in an ambulatory (rather than inpatient) setting, in a surgical center or hospital, using local anesthesia (either topical, peribulbar, or retrobulbar), usually causing little or no discomfort to the patient. Well over 90% of operations are successful in restoring useful vision, with a low complication rate. Outpatient care, high volume, minimally invasive, small incision phacoemulsification with quick post-op recovery has become the standard of care in cataract surgery all over the world.

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The more you know about cataracts, the better prepared you will be to deal with them – or help prevent them in the first place!

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Temporary office closure

As you are all well aware by now COVID-19 is spreading and government agencies have called for social distancing. Based on the rate of the spread and news reports from around the globe it seems an inevitability that we will be called on soon to halt operations. After much deliberation our office has chosen to temporarily halt routine patient examinations in an effort to stay ahead of the curve and be proactive with our community care. We truly care about the health of each and every one of our patients and their families, which is why we have decided to take this drastic step.

Our phone lines will remain up and running during regular business hours for appointment scheduling, emergency consultation on eye related illnesses or to purchase any contact lenses to get you through to your next examination. As a courtesy to our contact lens patients Dr. Lee will be extending contact lens prescriptions for 6 months to patients that are coming due for an examination or if you would just like to stock up on an extra supply of contact lenses. Contact lens extensions will be subject to doctor approval to ensure no safety issues arise with the lenses. We are also extending a courtesy 10% discount on any 6-month supplies ordered over the phone during our closure.

We will be offering free shipping or setting up appointments to dispense any glasses currently in process. We are working hard to find solutions to continue care for our patients during this trying time. Please contact the office if you have any questions or concerns. We are here to help. This process is currently set in place until further notice. We are eager to get back to business as usual as soon as possible and will notify everyone with pertinent changes. Please keep your families happy and healthy.

Sincerely,

Dr. Amy M. Lee and staff