Cataracts

We are entirely focused on providing our patients the best possible Cataract Removal Procedure, the best, most advanced Premium Implant Lens choices, and the best possible vision!

What is a Cataract?

Northern Ohio Eye Center | Ophthalmologist | Eye Doctor | CataractsCataracts are a common, easily treatable condition that causes a slowly progressive clouding of the eye's natural lens. Millions of people, including more than half of those over age 65,  suffer from the common symptoms of cataract:

  • Foggy, blurred or hazy vision
  • Trouble driving at night, such as glare from oncoming headlights
  • Trouble with sunglare
  • Seeing halos around lights
  • Overall poor vision at night
  • Frequent changes in eyeglass or contact lens prescription
  • Double-vision or "ghost images"

If visual difficulties begin to interfere with your ability to read, work or do the things you enjoy, it may be time to consider cataract and implant lens surgery.

Cataract Evaluation

Fortunately, modern, advanced cataract removal and lens implantation now offers the chance to not just to restore vision, but to greatly improve it.  Many individuals obtain great vision without even the need for glasses! To begin the process, Dr. Pajka and his staff will first perform a series of tests and an extremely thorough comprehensive exam of your eyes.   During this extensive testing, you will be checked for glaucoma,  your retina will be evaluated for conditions such as macular degeneration, and  the health, shape, and regularity of your cornea will be evaluated.   Dr. Pajka will determine whether you have a cataract, and whether you are a good candidate for surgery.  He will then discuss your customized implant lens options, and help you determine which would be best for you.

Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed surgical procedure in the United States.  It can be performed quickly, painlessly,  with a minimal risk of complications,  and an extremely high success rate.  Dr. Pajka performs cataract removal here at our own specialized outpatient Vision Surgery Center, which is fully certified by Medicare, and accredited for quality by the prestigious Joint Commission.  There is no need for a trip to the hospital;   preoperative testing, such as blood work and EKG, is not required.  Usually, the entire visit to our surgery center is completed in about two hours.

Dr. Pajka uses an advanced technique of cataract removal that is painless and results in nearly immediate return of good vision. Preoperatively, eyedrops are given, and intravenous sedation may be administered, ensuring comfort and minimal anxiety.  The surgical procedure itself is painless.  During the 6-10 minute procedure, the eye is made completely comfortable using eyedrops alone.  No needle injections are used. Gentle ultrasound waves are used to dissolve and remove the clouded lens through a tiny self-sealing incision, and a permanent implant lens is placed to refocus the eye.   Afterwards, no patch or shield over the eye is required. Postoperatively, more eyedrops are administered, and  instructions are given.   There are no restrictions to physical activities, except for swimming (not allowed for two weeks).  Some patients experience a bit of a watery or scratchy eye the day of surgery;  by the following morning, almost all are  comfortable, and most are surprised at how well they can see on the very first day!

Cataract:  Choosing Better Vision!

Northern Ohio Eye Center | Ophthalmologist | Eye Doctor | CataractsDuring your cataract procedure, a permanent implant lens will be placed to help refocus your eye. Depending on your choice, you may be able to achieve better vision, without glasses, than you may have imagined possible!

Most patients choosing advanced premium implant lenses such as Tecnis multifocal or Crystalens, achieve good vision for tasks at all distances, including  reading and driving, without any glasses at all!   Others, who prefer to use reading glasses,  choose to receive a toric implant lens if they have  astigmatism, or a basic implant with our "Great Vision Guarantee" option. Patients who prefer to wear glasses with bifocals after their surgery can opt for a more basic option.

Most insurance carriers, including Medicare,  only provide coverage for the most basic type of cataract procedure and implant lens.  Advanced implant lenses, additional testing and procedures may be required to achieve your best vision without needing glasses;  there are additional out-of-pocket expenses associated with the better vision options that are not normally covered by insurance.

To learn more about our Cataract Services, please contact us today at (440) 886-2020 to schedule an appointment.

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