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Cataracts

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Bring Your Vision Back Into Focus

The cataract experts here at St. Paul Eye Clinic have become known for quality care with advanced treatment options and superior surgical results. A cataract itself is a clouding and blurring of the naturally clear and transparent lens. Cataracts can cause blurry or hazy vision, poor night vision, and glare (especially while driving), or difficulty reading. Fortunately, if cataract removal becomes necessary, today’s innovative medical advances have transformed this surgery into an outpatient procedure, meaning you can go home that same day.

Take the free Cataract Self-Test to see if you are a candidate.

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“It's a very comfortable group of providers, and I cannot recommend them highly enough.”
Barbara - St. Paul Eye Clinic Cataracts Patient
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a cataract?

A cataract itself is a clouding and blurring of the naturally clear and transparent lens. Cataracts can cause blurry or hazy vision, poor night vision and glare (especially while driving), or difficulty reading or watching TV.

Cataracts grow so slowly that you may not even realize you have them at first. They can develop in one or both eyes and do not typically cause pain. The only time they need to be removed is when resulting vision loss begins to interfere with everyday life.

What causes cataracts?

Cataracts are most directly associated with the aging process. As the body ages, the normally transparent lens begins to harden and yellow and becomes cloudy.

There is increasing evidence that lifelong exposure to ultraviolet light contributes to the formation of cataracts. In addition, eye injuries, certain medications, diabetes, kidney disease, and smoking may contribute to the formation of cataracts.

Are cataracts common?

Cataracts are a common condition that become increasingly common in people as they age. In fact, over half of all people aged 65 or older have some degree of cataract development.

What are the possible treatment options if I am diagnosed with cataracts?

If you have these symptoms and are diagnosed with cataracts, your St. Paul Eye Clinic surgeon may recommend a new glasses prescription or cataract surgery to improve your vision.

What happens during cataract surgery?

Fortunately, if cataract removal becomes necessary, today’s innovative medical advances have transformed this surgery into an outpatient procedure, meaning you can go home that same day. During this procedure, we can also help you reduce your dependence on glasses or contacts after cataract surgery, as we have several FDA-approved options to correct for far-sighted or near-sighted vision and astigmatism.

Does St. Paul Eye Clinic offer customized cataract vision care options?

Yes, St. Paul Eye Clinic offers three Customized Cataract Vision Care options.

Customized Distance + Near Vision Package

  • Laser-assisted cataract surgery with advanced diagnostics for a custom refractive outcome.
  • ReStor multifocal lens implant.
  • Astigmatism correction with laser corneal relaxing incisions or multifocal toric intraocular lens.
  • Customized correction of distance, intermediate, and near vision, which will often reduce the need to wear glasses in most situations like driving, working on the computer, playing golf or tennis, and reading.

Customized Distance Vision Package

  • Laser-assisted cataract surgery with advanced diagnostics for a custom refractive outcome.
  • Astigmatism correction with laser corneal relaxing incisions or toric intraocular lens implant.
  • Customized correction of distance vision and astigmatism which will most often reduce the need to wear glasses for distance activities like driving, playing golf or tennis, or watching TV.
  • You will still need glasses for intermediate (computer) and near (reading) vision.

Conventional Vision Package

  • Standard ultrasound cataract surgery
  • Conventional monofocal lens implant
  • The monofocal lens provides standard correction of distance vision but will not treat astigmatism.
  • You will likely still need glasses to achieve the sharpest distance, intermediate, and near vision.