Cataracts used to mean a certain diagnosis of
blindness. Now new techniques and procedures
allow The Healthy Vision Institute to
free your eyes from
cataracts and see better than ever before.
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What is a Cataract?
A cataract is a clouding of the eye's natural lens, which lies behind the iris and the pupil making driving, golfing, boating and daily activities difficult.
More than 22 million Americans over the age of 40 are affected by cataracts.  That number is expected to increase to more than 30 million by the year 2020
  
What causes Cataracts?
The lens inside the eye works much like a camera lens, focusing light onto the retina for clear vision. It also adjusts the eye's focus, letting us see things clearly both
up close and far away.  As we age, our natural lens may become cloudy; this is a cataract.  Over time the clouding can become denser and will impair your vision.
We are all at risk for the development of cataracts as we age, but there are certain factors that may increase our risk, they include:

  • Over exposure to sunlight                        
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension                                                
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Significant alcohol consumption
  • Family history
  • Steroid therapy

Cataract Treatment
When symptoms begin to appear, corrective glasses may temporarily improve your vision but once the cataracts have progressed enough to affect your daily
life you may consider surgery.  Many people consider poor vision an inevitable fact of aging, but cataract surgery is a simple, relatively painless procedure to
regain vision.

Cataract surgery is very successful in restoring vision. In fact, it is the most frequently performed surgery in the United States, with more than 3 million Americans
undergoing cataract surgery each year, according to Prevent Blindness America (PBA).  More than 90% of people who have cataract surgery regain very good
vision, somewhere between 20/20 and 20/40.

Clear Lens Replacement    
Middle aged or older patients needing corrective glasses or those with the beginning stages of cataracts may consider Refractive Lens Exchange, also called
Clear Lens Replacement, instead of waiting for the cataracts to progress to the point where surgery is required.  Intraocular lenses can provide significantly

better uncorrected vision with the added benefit that because the eye’s natural lens is replaced with a man made one the risk of future development of
cataracts is eliminated completely.  

Who Is A Candidate?
As in Cataract surgery, Clear Lens Replacement replaces your eye's natural lens with a man made intraocular lens (IOL) to correct your refractive error and
achieve sharper focus, without the need for corrective glasses.  Typically Clear Lens Replacement is best suited for patients with presbyopia or extreme
farsightedness whom LASIK may not be a suitable option.   If you have both presbyopia and moderate to severe hyperopia, this may be the only viable

option for clear vision and a minimal need for glasses.  Patients with myopia (nearsightedness) however are not candidates and are generally recommended
to seek LASIK surgery. The procedure for Clear Lens Replacement is virtually identical to Cataract surgery.  The difference is that the lens being replaced
is clear rather than cloudy due to a cataract.

The Procedures and Recovery Time
The Healthy Vision Institute uses only the most technologically advanced surgical equipment offering patients customized surgery to the patient’s own
unique eye characteristics, resulting in faster recovery and better vision outcomes.   Dr. Larry Gabriel, Board Certified Comprehensive Ophthalmologist and
John Hopkins graduate is a highly skilled ophthalmic surgeon, having performed more than 10,000 Cataract and Clear Lens Replacement surgeries in his
career.  During both surgeries, he will remove your natural lens and replace it with a clear, man-made intraocular lens (IOL).  

Lens replacement surgeries generally take around 10 – 15 minutes and are performed on an outpatient basis. Each eye is done separately about a week apart.
There is no discomfort during surgery and most of Dr. Gabriel’s patients note rapid vision improvement after surgery. Although final results of both Cataract
and Clear Lens Replacement surgeries can take up to a week with some slight vision disturbances such as blurry vision or a “scratchy” sensation as your
eyes heal.   

Cataract and Clear Lens Replacement surgery can only be done once in a lifetime, but because the replacement lenses are man made they are not affected

by age-related changes, therefore there is a minimal risk of deterioration of your corrected vision.

Dr. Gabriel has a passion for improving the vision and lives of active adults through preventative care and proudly offers Premium Intraocular lenses

replacements for both our Cataract and Clear Lens Replacement patients.  These advanced lenses provide our patients the benefits restoring their
complete vision up-close, intermediate and far distance in all light conditions without the need of corrective glasses
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