Cataract Surgery Specialist

Fry Eye Associates -  - Ophthalmology

Fry Eye Associates

Ophthalmology & Eye Surgery Center located in Garden City, KS

Cataracts affect over 50% of Americans over the age of 80 and can significantly impair your vision. If you think you might have cataracts, schedule a visit with the team of professionals at Fry Eye Associates in Garden City, Kansas. Their ophthalmological experts can treat your cataracts and restore your vision with treatments that are safe, effective, and state-of-the-art. Book your appointment now by calling the office or scheduling online.

Cataract Surgery Q & A

What is a cataract?

A cataract is a condition that causes a clouding of the lens in your eye, which affects your ability to see correctly.

The lens of your eye is composed of evenly distributed proteins. As you age, these proteins can begin to clump together, disrupting their otherwise even distribution across the lens. This clumping creates a cataract, which causes vision problems by blocking or distorting the light coming through your lens. 

What makes a person more likely to get cataracts?

Cataracts are a common side effect of aging in patients who are 60 years and older. While less common, they can happen in younger patients. Some of the factors that can make you more likely to develop cataracts include:

  • Certain medical conditions, like diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Consuming excessive amounts of alcohol
  • Spending too much time in the sun without UV-resistant sunglasses
  • Eye injuries, eye surgeries, or upper-body radiation therapy
  • Family history of cataracts
  • Certain drugs, like corticosteroids

Most people that are affected by cataracts experience them in both eyes, but they can develop unevenly, with the vision in one eye becoming worse than the other.

How do I know if I have cataracts?

The team at Fry Eye Associates can perform an eye exam to determine whether you have cataracts. Some of the symptoms that you might experience if you have cataracts include: 

  • Blurry, cloudy, or hazy vision
  • Difficulty seeing at night
  • Increased sensitivity to light, particularly when driving at night
  • Double vision 
  • Halos around bright objects
  • Faded colors in your vision

Cataracts tend to develop slowly, so you might not notice the changes in your vision. Because of this, it’s incredibly important to have routine eye exams with the professionals at Fry Eye Associates so that they can monitor, diagnose, and treat any developing cataracts.

What is cataract surgery?

Cataract surgery is a procedure in which the team at Fry Eye Associates replaces the clouded lens in your eye with a new, unclouded, artificial lens called an intraocular lens (IOL). You receive either topical or local anesthesia for the procedure, which only takes a matter of minutes. Your doctor makes a few incredibly small incisions in your eye, removes your cataract, and replaces it with a new lens.

Modern technology has made it possible for patients to resume their normal activities within 24-48 hours of their surgery. Many people leave their cataract surgery with better visual acuity than they ever had, even before having cataracts.

Schedule your cataract consultation today by calling Fry Eye Associates or scheduling an appointment online. Clear vision is just a phone call away.