A cataract is a "clouding" of the natural lens in the eye. The lens, located just behind the iris, picks up images, then focuses them onto the retina. The retina, located at the back of the eye, then sends the images to the brain.
As light passes through the clouded lens, it is diffused or scattered and results in blurred or defocused vision. Eye injury, certain diseases, or even some medications can cause the clouding. But, in over 90% of cases, clouding is a natural aging process.
A cataract can be the reason seeing things at night is more difficult. It may also be why the eyeglasses or contact lenses that used to help you read or drive no longer seem to help.
Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure. The surgery is performed on one eye at a time with the subsequent eye typically following two weeks after the first eye. Dr. Bullard operates at East Cooper Medical Center in Mt. Pleasant.
How will it feel?
You will be given relaxing medication by our incredible team at our ambulatory surgery center as well as topical numbing by Dr. Legare. You should feel little to no discomfort.
When your cataract has been removed it may seem like a miracle. All the things you couldn't see clearly are bright, clear, and vivid again. In fact, many people no longer need glasses. Once the recovery period is over, life returns to normal, but clearer and in focus.
Intraocular Lenses (IOLs)
In addition to the standard single focus intraocular lenses, we offer the most advanced premium lens implants available.
Your options include:
Standard (single-focus) IOLs
An intraocular lens (IOL) works by replacing the focusing power of your eye’s natural lens. Today’s IOL technology can give you better vision – often without glasses – than before cataract surgery. Dr. Legare thoroughly evaluates your eyes before recommending a specific IOL. We’ll also talk about your work, hobbies and other activities to make sure your IOL fits your lifestyle.