Cataract Surgery in Michigan

Serving Patients in Detroit & Rochester Hills

At Oakland Eye Clinic, we treat cataract surgery patients using the latest and most advanced, small-incision cataract surgery technique with IOLs (intraocular lens implants) to restore vision after the procedure. In this two-fold procedure, Dr. Hakimzadeh is able to remove the cataracts and replace the lens with an artificial implant that restores vision post surgery.  At Oakland Eye Clinic, we have successfully treated a large number of cataract surgery patients who come to see us from Rochester Hills and Detroit, Michigan.

To learn more about cataracts and treatment options, please continue reading the paragraphs below. To schedule a cataract surgery consultation please call us today or use the contact form to your right.

What Are Cataracts?

Diagram of The Eye Oakland Eye Clinic in RochesterA cataract is the clouding of the clear, natural lens of the eye. The exact cause of cataracts is unknown, although it is thought that cataracts are caused by genetic as well as aging, and they are mostly seen in older individuals. A cataract can develop in one or both eyes. In rare occurrences, teens and young adults can develop cataracts as well.

Cataract Causes and Prognosis

Cataracts are caused by clumping of protein found in the natural lens of the eye. The natural lens is designed to allow light to pass through into the retina located behind the eye where images are recorded. In fact, the process works much like a photo camera. The natural lens is mostly comprised of water and protein. Over time, the protein clumps together, thereby clouding the eye’s natural lens, which is called a cataract. In some patients, the protein may become discolored thereby adding a brownish tint to vision. This is also a cataract.

Cataracts can be caused by a number of reasons, including:

  • Aging
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Prolonged exposure to sunlight
  • And unknown / genetic causes

Once you develop a cataract in one or both eyes, you will experience blurry vision that cannot the fixed with contact lenses and eye glasses. Cataracts often continue to grow in size, thereby, clouding vision completely. The only treatment option is to surgically remove the clouded lens and replace it with an artificial lens to restore vision. The prognosis after cataract surgery is very promising and most patients are able to experience sufficient, clear vision they had prior to developing cataracts.
The most common signs that you have cataracts include:

  • Discolored vision
  • Blurry vision
  • Double vision
  • Poor night vision
  • Glare
  • Frequent prescription changes

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact us today to schedule an eye exam.

Cataract Surgery

There are a few different types of cataract surgery. At Oakland Eye Clinic we treat our cataract surgery patients with the most advanced cataract surgery technique called phaco (phacoemulsification) cataract surgery or small incision cataract surgery. The procedure is completed within an hour or so under local anesthesia or eye-numbing solution so you will not feel any discomfort.

During phaco cataract surgery, a tiny incision is made on the surface of the cornea and a small hand-held device is inserted through the incision to emit ultrasound waves and assist in breaking up the eye’s natural lens, which is then easily suctioned out of the eye. The lens is then replaced with an artificial implant or IOL, which acts just like the eye’s natural lens, thereby restoring your vision and allowing you to see clearly just like you did prior to developing cataracts. IOLs are permanent and work extremely well. To learn more about IOLs, please click here.

Our LASIK and cataract surgeon, Dr. Hakimzadeh has years of experience performing this type of procedure. She has trained for many years in order to deliver the best cataract surgery results to her patients throughout Michigan, including Detroit and Rochester Hills.

Cataract Surgery Recovery and Expectations

Cataract surgery recovery usually last a few weeks, during which time you will see our cataract surgeon on a regular basis. Most discomfort and eye discharge will subside within two to three days. After this time, you will be asked to protect your eye from the sun, any chemicals, and avoid rubbing the eyes. A patch may be word for the first few days to help minimize the risk for bacteria and debris entering the eye and increasing your chances for post-surgery complications.

Our entire team will be by your side as you recover from cataract surgery. We will provide you with detailed after care instructions, any medications you may need as well as optimal after care and follow up appointments. Once you are fully healed, you will be able to enjoy clear, crisp vision you once had.

Cataract Surgery Candidacy

Unless you suffer from other eye disorders that may interfere with the results of cataract surgery, you are most likely a good candidate for this procedure. Our cataract surgeon determines each patient’s candidacy on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us today to schedule your cataract surgery evaluation and find out if you are a good candidate for this procedure.

Current Research and Resources

While we have found advanced techniques to treat cataracts through cataract surgery, the exact cause of cataracts remains unknown. Most research nowadays focuses on causes of cataracts as well as prevention. For example, currently The National Eye Institute is conducting a number of studies pertaining to:

  • Cataract risk factors associates with sunlight exposure
  • Prevention and delay of progressions of cataracts through vitamin supplements
  • Genetic studies to determine the exact cause of cataracts

Your Cataract Surgery Evaluation

When you visit us for your cataract surgery evaluation, we will first determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure. If so, we will go over the different types of artificial lens implants to choose from. At this time cataract surgery risks will be explained to you as well as per-operative instructions, post-operative care and healing and financing options.

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