CATARACT SURGERY AT NEWSOM EYE
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For over twenty years, Newsom Eye has been your trusted eye care provider, specializing in Cataract and LASIK surgery in the Sebring, Clearwater, and Tampa Bay areas. Founder and Medical Director, T. Hunter Newsom, MD, and our team of Newsom Eye providers have helped thousands of people enjoy their best vision with their NEWSOM EYES. Newsom Eye is dedicated to providing life-changing experiences and visual outcomes for our patients. Our team of highly experienced physicians and surgeons provides comprehensive eye care services that are second to none and supported by the most advanced technology and research facilities to deliver patient care and outcomes that meet your visual needs.
What is a Cataract and How Do They Develop?
As people age, the lens of the eye can become hard and the muscles around the eye may struggle to mold the shape of the lens. As the lens hardens, the color of the lens may change from clear to brownish, decreasing the quality of vision and perception. This is a cataract.
The changing shape of the lens and changing color of the eye results in difficulty judging distances and focusing on near or intermediate objects. Bifocals or reading glasses are used to offset the limited focusing ability of your lens. Many patients do not notice this gradual loss of vision over the years. Cataract symptoms frequently noted in patients are a painless blurring of vision, glare or light sensitivity, poor night vision, needing brighter light to read, fading or yellowing of colors, and frequent changes in prescription with little improvement.
Am I Too Young for Cataracts?
With cataracts, the vision deteriorates gradually over a period of years as the lens hardens. Hardening of the lens may occur in your forties, but cataracts usually do not appear until you are in your sixties or even later. While the average age for cataract surgery is 65 to 75 years of age, cataracts can occur in ages from 30 to 64 as well. Naturally, the older a patient gets, the more prevalent cataracts become. The presence of a cataract may not be significant in itself, but any loss of vision definitely is significant at any age.
Is There a Cure for Cataracts?
While there is no pill or vitamin that can reverse the aging that results in the hardening and discoloring of the eye lens, Newsom Eye can offer the safest and most successful cataract surgery as a solution for cataracts.
What is Cataract Surgery?
The Newsom Eye Cataract team will remove the natural lens and replace it with a new, clear replacement lens called an intraocular lens or IOL. Historically, cataract surgeons would remove the lens and prescribe glasses to focus the eye. Today, our Newsom Eye team is able to insert an IOL inside the eye where the old lens or cataract was located. The new IOL will help reduce the need for glasses for focusing at distance, intermediate, and near vision.
Newsom Eye is proud to provide life-changing visual outcomes to restore or enhance vision after cataract surgery. All procedures are performed in our state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery centers that hold Medicare-deemed status through accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), which is the highest level of nationally recognized standard of care for outpatient surgery centers. Contact Newsom Eye today to learn more about cataracts, cataract surgery, and how you can live your life with NEWSOM EYES.
How Long Does a Cataract Surgery Take?
The procedure itself usually only takes about 10-15 minutes, however, you should plan on being at the surgery center for about 2 hours.
Also, please review our Cataract FAQs for answers to other frequently asked questions about cataract surgery.