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Cataract Diagnosis and Surgery
Serving Oklahoma City, Norman, Edmond & nearby areas of Oklahoma
Cataracts are a leading cause of blindness but can be surgically corrected by your Oklahoma City eye doctors.
Dr. Chris Hummel has provided cataract surgery to thousands of patients over the years, and have accumulated a wealth of experience and expertise in this area of vision treatment.
If you are concerned about cataracts or eye surgery of any kind, please call (405) 755-6111 today to schedule your initial consultation.
Cataracts are cloudy, clear or slightly yellow masses in the eye's natural lens. There are 3 primary types of cataracts that a person may develop. Cataract surgery removes these obstructions and replaces them with a clear artificial lens.
Besides being highly successful, the procedure may result in even better vision than the patient enjoyed prior to developing cataracts.
Cataract symptoms include:
- Blurred vision
- Light sensitivity
- Color distortion
Cataract surgery rarely requires injections or stitches. The quick, painless procedure is gentle enough that patients go home the same day without protective eyewear.
The procedure generally takes about 3 hours. During that time:
- A topical anesthetic is administered to numb your eye.
- A tiny incision is made on each side of the eye.
- Silent, painless ultrasound is used to disintegrate the clouded lens.
- The cataract particles are gently suctioned out of your eye.
- An intraocular lens, or IOL, is inserted to replace your natural lens.
- Click here to read more specifics in the article, "Cataract Surgery and What to Expect."
Cataract surgical incisions heal naturally. Patients will notice improved vision almost immediately and full results within days or weeks.
Until recently, the only intraocular lens used in cataract surgery was a monofocal lens, which Dr. Hummel has successfully employed to improve the vision of thousands of Oklahoma City patients.
Some patients now, however, benefit from newer multifocal and presbyopia-correcting IOLs, which are available in several styles and can provide superior corrected vision.
Like cataracts,presbyopia occurs as a natural part of aging when the eye becomes limited to distance vision and can’t change to focus on close-up objects. This condition often makes reading glasses a necessity by mid-life.
Multifocal and presbyopia-correcting IOLs are especially well-suited to patients who want to avoid glasses after surgery. But please note: Not all cataract or presbyopia treatments are covered by insurance.
These are the three multifocal and presbyopia-correcting IOLs commonly used by Hummel Eye Associates surgeons:
1. Crystalens™ – This IOL has a hinged design to provide a more panoramic range of vision.
2. ReSTOR® – This multifocal IOL is designed with vision "zones." Each zone is set for a specific sight range to provide clear distance and near vision.
3. ReZoom™ – This is also a multifocal IOL. It uses Balanced View Optics technology to create carefully-proportioned focal zones. The result is clear vision at varying distances and light conditions.
Hummel Eye Associates prides itself on offering advanced cataract and presbyopia procedures. We encourage our Oklahoma City patients to contact an eye surgeon today to learn more about surgery with intraocular lenses.