All You Need to Know About Cataracts

What is a Cataract?

A cataract is the slow, progressive clouding of the eye's natural lens. It is caused by a change in the proteins of the lens, which make it less translucent. The cataract interferes with light passing through the eye, resulting in blurred or fuzzy vision.

Can Cataracts be prevented?

Research has shown that avoiding excess UV light and tobacco are associated with cataract formation. Avoiding UV light and tobacco may decrease the risk of cataract formation. If a child is born with a cataract, occasionally the cataract can be altered by diet.

How do I know if I have a Cataract?

People with advanced cataracts often describe their vision as "foggy” or "blurry." A cataract may make nighttime driving difficult due to glare from oncoming car headlights. In addition, cataracts often make reading more difficult.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to visit your eye doctor for a complete visual exam. Contact Dr. Harvey

What can be done to treat a Cataract?

Cataract surgery removes the cloudy cataract material and replaces it with an artificial implant lens. This surgery is an out-patient surgery and takes less than 20 minutes in the operating room.

When performing cataract surgery, Dr. Harvey uses the latest in lens removal technology. He prefers the smallest incision size to encourage rapid healing and return of vision.

IOL Options

New Implant Options for Eye Surgery

This handout describes several different IOL options to decrease the need for glasses after cataract surgery.

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Cataract Testimonial

Dr. Harvey's patient describes her success with Cataract surgery performed by Dr. Thomas Harvey. First Dr. Harvey surgically removed scars on her eyes caused from an accident. Then he performed cataract surgery. She can now see very well and is very happy with her procedures.