Closeup of a Cataract in an Eye

What is a Cataract?

A cataract is a common condition that causes a gradual clouding and yellowing of the eye’s natural lens and affects millions of people each year, including more than half of all Americans over the age of 65. Cataracts cause a progressive painless reduction in vision. Symptoms can include blurriness of vision, loss of color brightness, double vision, halos around lights – especially at night, daytime glare or photo sensitivity, needing more light to read and frequent changes in eyeglass or contact lens prescriptions.

Risk factors include eye injury, diabetes, smoking, steroid use and exposure to UV radiation. Antioxidants are thought to play a role in cataract prevention as well, so healthy foods can be beneficial in many ways for the eyes. When cataracts begin to affect a patient’s lifestyle and quality of life, a small surgery can be performed to remove the cataract and place an artificial intraocular lens in its place, thereby restoring vision.

Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed surgical procedure in the United States and can be performed quickly and easily with a success rate of 98% or higher and a minimal risk of complications. With each complete dilated eye exam, Dr. Stancey can determine the impact a cataract has on vision and can give a recommendation for or against surgical treatment.

What our patients are saying:

Staff is quick and friendly. Doctor was very personable and professional.

Chinton P.

WOW – WOW – WOW! From not being able to see the BIG “E” on an eye chart to instant 20/30 vision after yesterday’s cataract surgery on my right eye is amazing. Dr. Stancey ROCKS! I can’t wait for further improvement and the same surgery on my left eye in two weeks. How different it will be to see clearly from both eyes after a lifetime of wearing glasses.

Linda W.