What is a Cataract?
A cataract occurs when the eye’s natural crystalline lens becomes cloudy.
Imagine how a headlight cover on an old motor vehicle becomes oxidized and yellow. In much the same way, time takes its toll on the lens inside your eye causing it to lose transparency. A cataract appears as a yellow-to-white cloudiness near the eye’s pupil and may interfere with your vision by causing dulling of colors with glares or haloes around light sources.
Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed surgery in the United States. In the hands of a highly educated and experienced catarat surgeon, such as Dr. Paul Cutarelli, cataract surgery has evolved into to a state-of-the-art medical marvel, involving no shots, no stitches, and no patches.
Dr. Cutarelli’s modern cataract surgery techniques offer the lowest risk of complications. During the cataract removal procedure, the eye’s natural lens is liquefied using a process called phacoemulsification that gently vacuums the cloudy lens out through a micro-sized incision. Then a tiny replacement lens implant is inserted inside the eye to replace the old lens. The lens implant is inserted through the tiniest incision possible in a folded position. It then opens up to take its proper place inside the lens capsule. With today’s modern advances in premium lens implant design, many of our cataract patients see both near and far without glasses.