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Cataract Surgery at Calvert Ophthalmology Center in Hopkinsville, Madisonville, KY and Clarksville, TN

Innovative medical technology has revolutionized cataract surgery. First documented in the fifth century BCE, cataract surgery is one of the oldest procedures around. The earliest cataract surgeries involved knocking the lens of the eye loose, so that the cloudy lens would no longer interfere with vision. Today’s cataract surgery involves the use of powerful and precise lasers along with incredibly accurate lens implant procedures that provide the best possible vision correction.

Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), and are responsible for about 51 percent of blindness globally. The number of people with cataracts will likely rise, as people will live longer.  

Cataract surgery is one of the most common and successful procedures done in the United States today. More than 3 million people in the U.S. undergo cataract surgery each year, according to All About Vision, and has an overall success rate of about 98 percent or higher. State-of-the-art cataract surgery is safe, effective and comfortable.

The latest techniques involve the use of a laser-guided system, microscopic-size incisions, and advanced ultrasonic equipment that breaks up cataracts into tiny fragments. Today’s ophthalmologists also use foldable lenses, known as foldable intraocular lenses (IOLs), which require only the tiniest of incisions to implant.

About Cataracts from Our Ophthalmologist serving the Kentucky and Tennessee Communities

A cataract is an opacity or cloudiness in the naturally clear lens of the eye. Located in the front of your eye, the lens focuses light so that it hits the right spot on the retina, which is the light-sensitive tissue lining the back of your eye. Clear vision relies on a clear lens.

While they can occasionally develop in infants and young children, cataracts most commonly develop in people over the age of 55. Cataracts usually develop in both eyes, but vision may be worse in one eye.

Depending on its location and size, a cataract can interfere with normal vision. Fortunately, cataract surgery can restore lost vision.

Information on the Cataract Surgery Procedure for Potential Candidates in Hopkinsville, Madisonville, KY and Clarksville, TN

The goal of cataract surgery is to remove the clouded lens and replace it with a plastic artificial lens. The replacement lens requires no care, is permanent, and can significantly improve your vision. Cataract surgery restores crisp and clear vision. In fact, cataract surgery may restore vision to levels you once thought impossible.

Our eye doctors now perform cataract surgery almost exclusively in outpatient settings, which means patients can go home the same day. The entire procedure typically takes less than an hour. If you need surgery on both eyes, our eye doctor will likely recommend two separate surgeries to give the first eye time to heal before having surgery on the second eye.

On the day of surgery, our eye doctors numb your eye with eye drops or by injecting numbing agent near your eye. The doctor may give you medication to help you relax.

You will be awake during the procedure, and may be able to see light and movement during cataract surgery, but you will not be able to see what the eye doctor is doing to your eye.

The doctor will enter the eye through tiny incisions, made with a blade or a laser, in the clear cornea covering the front of your eye. The eye surgeon will break up the old lens and remove the pieces through the incisions. The ophthalmologist then inserts the new lens. The incisions are self-sealing, which means you will not need stitches.

The doctor will cover your eye with a protective shield. You will rest in a recovery area for 15 to 30 minutes after the procedure.

Our ophthalmologist, Dr. Harold Calvert, MD uses the LenSx® Laser system, which is a bladeless, computer-controlled laser that provides exacting, individualized precision unavailable with traditional surgical methods. The LenSx® Laser system reduces swelling and speeds recovery time.

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Dr. Calvert also uses the latest in lens technology, such as Alcon ReSTOR® and TORIC IOLs, designed to provide a full range of vision. ReSTOR® lens provides clear distance vision as well as near vision to allow greater freedom from glasses.

Our ophthalmologists currently offering the innovative new ACRYSOF ReSTOR lens implant for close- and far-vision without the need for glasses. Toric monofocal lenses are also available.The TORIC lens corrects astigmatism so you may only need to wear glasses for reading. If freedom from glasses is your desired outcome, the new lenses may be your best choice for cataract surgery. You can ask about dropless medications as well!

If you have cataracts and need surgery, make an appointment with our ophthalmology professionals at  Calvert Ophthalmology Center. We serve patients living in and near Hopkinsville, Clarksville, and Madisonville.

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