Cataract Treatment in Dallas
- Have you noticed changes in your vision?
- Is it harder to read fine print than it used to be?
- Are colors less vibrant than they used to be?
- Are you finding it difficult to drive at night?
All of these are early signs of cataracts. Less than ideal vision shouldn’t hold you back in your prime. You deserve to see out your plans with the clarity of good vision. Take control of your vision with help from a trusted expert in cataract surgery.
At Carter Eye Center, we love helping our patients see life with renewed clarity.
What is a Cataract?
Many people don’t fully understand what cataracts are. Put simply, as you age, the natural lens of your eye becomes cloudy (imagine condensation on the side of a glass of cold water). Cataracts are caused by a decrease in flexibility in the lens and the accumulation of dead cells that clump together. No disease or growth specifically causes cataracts, and it’s a condition that just about everyone will experience with age.
Once a lens is cloudy, it blocks light from passing to the light-sensitive cells of your retina. This clouding is called a cataract. While correction, like contacts and glasses, can help in the earliest stages of cataracts, the only way to treat cataracts that have started to negatively affect your life is to replace the eye’s natural lens with an artificial lens.
What are the Symptoms of Cataracts?
If you experience any of the following symptoms, it could be the onset of cataracts and an appointment with our BOARD-CERTIFIED OPHTHALMOLOGIST, Dr. Harvey Carter, one of the leading cataract surgeons in the nation, is your next step.
- Cloudy, blurry or dim vision
- Increasing difficulty seeing at night or in low light
- Sensitivity to light and glare
- Seeing halos around lights
- Faded or yellowish colors
- The need for brighter light for reading and other activities
- Frequent changes in eyeglass or contact lens prescription
How are Cataracts Treated?
It’s important to know that cataracts cannot be treated with medication, dietary changes or exercises. Only surgery can improve the vision issues caused by cataracts. While you can choose to delay treatment of early-stage cataracts, your cataract(s) will eventually progress to the point that everyday tasks will be more difficult.
Cataract surgery is done in three simple steps:
- A small incision is made on the surface of the eye
- High energy sound waves are used to break up the cloudy natural lens
- The cloudy lens is removed and an artificial Intraocular Lens (IOL) is put in its place
Cataract surgery has a great success rate, but it’s still important to choose a surgeon with a high degree of experience and skill. Dr. Carter has decades of experience performing cataract surgery for clients throughout the Dallas, Texas area. He is a leader in modern cataract procedures.
Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery at Carter Eye Center
Cataract surgery has an amazing success rate regardless of whether you choose basic or laser-assisted surgery, but the laser-assisted option allows for a precisely guided procedure that we believe adds to the safety, precision and accuracy of the cataract surgery.
In addition to an even more precise procedure, laser cataract surgery is able to correct the visual issues caused by astigmatism.
That, combined with the advanced imaging provided by laser-assisted surgery, creates an incredibly customized procedure made for you and your eyes specifically. Unique treatment is at the heart of the CarterCares Advantage and that’s why we’re pleased to offer the latest advantages in cataract surgery.
Paying for Cataract Surgery
The cost of basic cataract surgery is generally covered by Medicare and private insurance. Some aspects of advanced cataract surgery are not covered. For example, upgrading to a Lifestyle Lens or laser-assisted cataract surgery is not covered by Medicare and private insurance and these are considered out-of-pocket expenses.
Our commitment to CarterCares means that we will work diligently to ensure that we create the ideal package for you that balances your needs to give you everything you’ve ever wanted out of cataract surgery at a price-point that is comfortable for you.
If you need help with financing your advanced procedure, we’re happy to help. CareCredit® is a fantastic option that we suggest to anyone looking for a bit of help covering the total cost of their procedure. CareCredit works like a traditional credit card while offering no interest on purchases over $200 when monthly payments are met (restrictions will be discussed in more detail during your evaluation).