Most people will eventually develop cataracts as they age. It is a natural process that occurs as the proteins within the eye's lens begin to degrade and "clump" together, creating opaque spots that light cannot pass through normally. Cataracts tend to develop quite slowly and don't cause any pain, so many patients are unaware they have developed cataracts until they are in the later stages. Once symptoms become noticeable, they include hazy vision, increased problems with night driving and night vision in general, as well as color perception.
In the earlier stages of cataracts, surgery is not always necessary right away. However, when you notice your abilities to carry out typical activities, such as reading and driving, are becoming limited, cataract surgery is usually the optimal treatment plan.
At Vance Thompson Vision, one of our top priorities is to make sure every patient is given exceptional care and specialized, individual attention. We consider it a privilege to be trusted with the care of your eyes, so we are fully committed to achieving your optimal surgical outcome using the most innovative, proven cataract surgery techniques, state-of-the-art technology, and our large selection of specialized, high-quality artificial lens options. Further, we are extremely proud to have the region's only ophthalmologist team that has been fellowship trained in corneal and refractive surgery. If you have been diagnosed with cataracts and are researching surgery options, schedule a consultation at Vance Thompson Vision in Billings, MT to find out how we can help.
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"My experiences with VTV have all been excellent. I had a partial corneal transplant and a cataract removed. Everyone is so pleasant and reassuring. I was so nervous to get the first eye done but have no fears now about getting the second surgery. Everything was thoroughly explained to me in a way I could understand. I didn't know how poor my vision was.This really changed my life!"- L.W. / Facebook / May 19, 2017
"I had cataract surgery done on both of my eyes. I am ecstatic. I no longer need my glasses to read (even small print), work on my laptop and everything that I needed glasses for before. I will recommend VTV to anyone who needs any eye work done. You are treated like they really care about you as a person when you come in. They explain everything thoroughly and in language you can understand. They answer every question asked of them. Every employee is very courteous. I am very happy."- C.L. / Facebook / May 01, 2019
IDENTIFYING A CATARACT
In a normally functioning eye, the light that enters the eye passes through the cornea, the pupil, and the lens, which focuses the light onto the retina. When light reaches the retina, it is relayed through the optic nerve to the brain to be translated into clear images. This process is exactly the same in an eye with a cataract, but because the lens is clouded, it disrupts the formation of the image. The clouded lens can diffuse or even block the light that reaches the retina. Therefore, the retina isn't able to relay light to the brain properly, leading to hazy, blurred vision.
Understanding Your Options
If you have noticed symptoms of cataracts or have not had a comprehensive eye exam in more than two years, it is very important to visit your eye doctor for a thorough evaluation. At Vance Thompson Vision in Billings, MT, this evaluation usually includes acuity tests, a comprehensive eye exam, and a discussion about any other vision problems you may have. If Dr. Swan or one of our other experienced ophthalmologists diagnoses you with cataracts, we will carefully go over all the available surgical options we provide. This includes refractive cataract surgery, which is the field's most advanced cataract surgery. Further, we are very proud to have the largest selection of laser technology and artificial lens implant options in the region, allowing us to treat even the most unique cases.
The Best First Step
Whether or not you have noticed the signs of cataracts, it is always vitally important to visit your eye doctor for regular comprehensive exams. If we do determine that you have developed cataracts, Dr. Swan and his team at Vance Thompson Vision in Billings, MT are experienced and knowledgeable in the world's leading cataract surgery methods. Contact our office today for your cataract consultation and start your journey toward cataract-free vision.