Cataract surgery is one of the most successful surgeries covered by Medicare. This 6-7 minute* procedure performed under sedation results in improved vision in a virtually painless setting.
A small incision is made by which the cataract is removed and an artificial lens is inserted near the end of the case. The small incision allows for sutureless surgery and a faster recovery. Lasers can be used to enhance the surgery and improve outcomes.
Dr. Dvorak is the only Alcon Femtosecond Certified Ophthalmic Surgeon in central Minnesota. When you make an appointment with Dr. Dvorak, his skill and experience will ensure you get the best possible outcome.
Inside our eyes, we have a natural lens. The lens bends (refracts) light rays that come into the eye to help us see. The lens should be clear. If you have a cataract, your lens has become cloudy. It is like looking through a foggy or dusty car windshield. Things look blurry, hazy or less colorful with a cataract.
Most age-related cataracts develop gradually. As a result, you may not notice signs or changes in your vision right away when cataracts first develop.
In the normal human eye, light rays travel into the eye through the pupil. They pass through the clear lens and focus onto the retina. In an eye with a cataract, light scatters throughout the eye instead of focusing precisely on the retina.
Though there are other risk factors for cataracts, aging is the most common cause. This is due to normal eye changes that happen after around age 40. That is when normal proteins in the lens start to break down. This is what causes the lens to get cloudy. People over age 60 usually start to have some clouding of their lenses. However, vision problems may not happen until years later.
Most age-related cataracts develop gradually. Other cataracts can develop more quickly, such as those in younger people or those in people with diabetes. Doctors cannot predict how quickly a person’s cataract will develop. If you have questions or concerns about cataracts, our team here at Dvorak Eye Clinic would be happy to help.
* Dr. Dvorak was the only cataract surgeon at the Saint Cloud Surgical Center whose average cataract surgery time was under 10 minute demonstrated in an internal, unpublished study in 2016.