Cataract Surgery

A cataract is a clouding of the eye's naturally clear lens. The lens focuses light rays on the retina - the layer of light-sensing cells lining the back of the eye - to produce a sharp image of what we see. When the lens becomes cloudy, light rays cannot pass through it easily, and vision is blurred.

Dr. Muller utilizes the latest technique when performing cataract surgery, known as "phacoemulsification". It involves only a micro incision on the surface of the eye and the use of ultrasound energy to break up the cloudy lens, which can then be removed. An artificial replacement lens is inserted through the same incision. In most cases only an eye drop is needed to numb the eye for the procedure, therefore patients do not need to wear an eye patch. Since the incision is very small, no stitches are needed and the wound will heal on its own.

If you notice the following symptoms, Dr. Muller will evaluate you to see if cataracts are affecting your vision:

  • Blurred vision
  • Increased glare
  • Halos around street lights
  • Difficulty reading fine print

There are many options when choosing a lens implant for cataract surgery. Dr. Muller will help you decide if you would benefit from a lens implant designed to decrease visual "aberrations" such as glare and halos. There are also "presbyopia correcting" lens implants available that can decrease your need for near and distance glasses following cataract surgery.


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