Duke eye surgeons perform thousands of cataract surgeries each year and can often restore your vision to 20/20. We remove your cloudy lens using tiny incisions and sophisticated techniques, including highly precise lasers and ultrasound. We employ the latest lens designs to clear your vision. Depending on the lens used, you may no longer need glasses.
Improved Vision Through Cataract Surgery
Blurry or hazy vision and nighttime glare or halo may be a sign that you have a cataract. A cataract occurs when the normally clear lens inside the eye becomes cloudy or opaque. Age is the most common culprit, but medication use, diseases (like diabetes), and trauma can also cause the lens to cloud. A cataract can also be present at birth. When a cataract deteriorates your vision, your best option is the surgical removal of the cataract and placement of an intraocular lens that permanently corrects your vision.
Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure that takes less than 15 minutes to perform using only light sedation. Most people experience no pain and enjoy a rapid recovery. Our approach improves your vision and gets you back to enjoying your normal activities as quickly as possible.
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Magnified, 3-D examination of the structures at the front of the eye.
Corneal Topography and Tomography
A computer-guided device creates a 3-D image map of the cornea to measure corneal power, curvature, and thickness.
Measures the curvature of the cornea’s front surface to assess astigmatism.
Ultrasound waves measure the thickness of the cornea.
Ultrasound waves measure intraocular lens power.
Why Choose Duke
Implantable Lens Options
Recent advances in lens technology and design mean we have multiple options to improve your vision with cataract surgery. Your cataract surgeon will thoroughly discuss with you your individual situation and what you can expect from surgery. This will help determine which lens is right for you.
Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery
Some people may benefit from the use of lasers, which can be used during cataract surgery to correct astigmatism or assist in the implantation of multifocal lenses, which can improve distance and up-close vision.
If your cornea is not completely round, called astigmatism, you may have blurring or distortion of your vision. After careful evaluation, we may recommend one of two options to correct your astigmatism. We may correct your vision with a special artificial lens, or we may recommend an alternate procedure called limbal relaxing incision (LRI). A small incision is created to reshape your cornea and reduce astigmatism. LRI can often be performed at the same time as your cataract surgery.
Simple Secondary Cataract Treatment
In a small percentage of cases, scarring or a secondary cataract may form on the membrane that supports the implanted lens. If this occurs in the months or years following your cataract surgery, we perform a short, painless in-office laser procedure to create an opening that lets light shine through and eliminate the secondary cataract.
Compassionate, Supportive Environment
We offer patient support services including educational materials and programs, a low-vision rehabilitation program, and a dedicated social worker to help you and your loved ones manage your condition and maximize your quality of life.