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Characterized by cloudiness in the lens of the eye, cataracts form as we age. It is a frustrating condition as it cannot be treated with a simple fix like glasses or contacts. Cataracts can be a challenging sign of aging, affecting the ability to drive, see clearly, and can greatly limit your enjoyment of life. Cataracts can develop due to aging, environmental factors, eye injuries, or genetics. Thankfully, cataracts are treatable with a surgical procedure that is typically painless. At the Waring Vision Institute in Charleston, SC, Dr. Waring, a renowned ophthalmologist and authority on eye surgery can help you restore your vision.

Dr. George Waring Interviewed on Cataracts and Advances in Cataract Surgery

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What Causes Cataracts?

The lenses in our eyes are formed with water and proteins, and cataracts form when the proteins begin to clump together as we age. This condition can worsen with time, causing progressing cloudiness and blurred vision. Beyond the normal aging process, other causes of cataracts are:

  • Conditions like diabetes, hypertension, and obesity
  • Medications like corticosteroids or certain cholesterol drugs
  • Ultraviolet radiation exposure
  • Smoking
  • Prolonged alcohol consumption
  • Previous eye injuries or surgeries
  • Severe myopia (nearsightedness)
  • Genetic predisposition

Cataract
Surgery
: How it
Works

The only way to successfully treat cataracts is with a surgical procedure. Unlike other conditions that can be corrected with glasses or contacts, the clouding of the eye’s lenses is irreversible, and can be alleviated with a replacement lens implant. In your initial consultation, we will need to review any medical conditions, medications, or supplements you take. To perform cataract surgery your eye will be numbed and you will be mildly sedated to make the procedure more comfortable. Cataracts are often fixed with a laser, which automates and customizes much of the procedure with precision. Dr. Waring then makes small incisions near the outer edge of the cornea (the transparent layer at the front of the eye), either with the laser or by hand. Using a very small, special medical instrument, he will access the eye structure, break up the existing lens, and gently remove it. A replacement lens implant will then be inserted. The incisions heal by themselves and in most cases, do not require stitches. After a short observation period of approximately 30 minutes, you are free to go home, driven by a family member or friend.

Risks & Recovery

Be sure to follow our aftercare instructions carefully. You will be taking eye drop to aid in the healing process and keep the eye lubricated. Do not put pressure on your eye area. Some clients wear glasses to avoid accidental bumps. Avoid getting soap or water in your eyes, and you’ll need to wear an eye shield the day after surgery and while sleeping for the week. Cataract surgery is one of the most common procedures preformed world wide, but all surgeries have risks. The risks associated with cataract surgery will be discussed with you prior to scheduling surgery.

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Treat Your Cataracts in Charleston, SC

Dr. George Waring owns and operates his practice out of Charleston, SC. Recognized as an international leader in vision correct and cataract surgery, Dr. Waring is responsible for the development of some of the most advanced eye surgeries and treatments. The Waring Vision Institute was established to provide the highest quality care and most advanced treatments available. We offer a range of lens types, including the most advanced versions of IOL (intraocular lenses) with extended depth of focus and multifocal lenses, which can reduce your dependence on distance and reading glasses, and various other options that could be appropriate for your eye condition. When you need eye surgery for cataracts it can be worrisome, but the staff at Dr. Waring’s practice are committed to client health, safety, and comfort. Schedule a consultation with our office as your first step towards vision correction.

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