As a result of a growing aging population in the United States, cataracts — and the need to correct them so you can see clearly — are also becoming more prevalent. At his vision care practice in Denver, Matthew Kruger, MD, is an ophthalmologist specializing in cataract surgery to help you see without glasses. Dr. Kruger performs the most advanced, no-stitch, small-incision cataract surgery, as well as more complex treatments for complicated conditions. If you have cloudy, blurred vision, schedule an appointment to learn more about cataract surgery.
When the lens in your eye becomes cloudy — typically as a result of age — you may experience a gradual vision impairment known as a cataract. As you get older, protein in your eyes sometimes forms clumps that cloud the lens in your eye. You may also develop cataracts as a result of diabetes, high blood pressure, or previous eye injuries.
Common signs that a cataract is developing in your eye include:
If you notice a sudden change in your vision or you have eye pain, make an appointment with Dr. Kruger right away to determine if the cause is cataracts or another health concern.
When your glasses or contacts no longer allow you to experience clear vision, cataract surgery may be an ideal solution. Recently, researchers have also discovered a compound that may be able to reduce cataracts with the use of eye drops. While this type of research continues, Dr. Kruger specializes in cataract surgery to improve your vision and your quality of life.
When you’re unable to perform daily activities such as driving at night or reading a book, cataract surgery can restore your vision so you can see well again. Cataract surgery is a safe procedure that Dr. Kruger typically performs on an outpatient basis. He specializes in low-impact, no-stitch, small-incision surgery to replace the cloudy lens in your eye with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL).
If you decide cataract surgery is right for you and there are no other complications to worry about, Dr. Kruger schedules you an outpatient procedure. During surgery, Dr. Kruger numbs your eye and makes a tiny incision in your cornea so he can remove the proteins that are clouding your lens and distorting your vision. Once he removes the proteins with a high-frequency ultrasound device and gentle suction, he inserts your new, clear intraocular lens.
Once your IOL is in place, Dr. Kruger places a protective shield over your eye to keep your lens safe during recovery. He may also be able to correct your astigmatism during cataract surgery so you may not need glasses afterward. There are a variety of IOLs to choose from, and Dr. Kruger customizes a treatment plan, including lenses that work best for a particular prescription.
If you’re experiencing cataract symptoms and want to learn more about state-of-the-art surgical treatments, call the office to schedule a consultation.