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About Carrot Eye Center
At Carrot Eye Center, we believe that every visit and procedure should be as unique as our patients, with no exception. When you come to Carrot Eye Center, you’ll notice that there’s nothing old-fashioned about the way we do things. We’re committed to innovation, combining eye care specialists with the most advanced technology in the industry.
Cataract Treatment in Mesa
Having cataracts that obstruct your vision can be scary, but you don’t have to be intimidated at Carrot Eye Center. We’ll do everything in our power to make sure that you’ll be comfortable during your time with us, from the initial consultation to follow-up visits in recovery.
We use cutting-edge technology that allows us to complete every procedure in the most comfortable and minimally invasive way. Our experienced Arizona cataract surgeons will work with you to develop a plan that meets your needs.
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What are Cataracts?
A cataract occurs when the eye’s natural lens becomes cloudy. It’s the most common cause of vision loss in people over 40 years old and is known as one of the main causes of blindness in the world. There are three different types of cataracts:
- Subcapsular cataracts, which occur at the back of the eye’s lens
- Nuclear cataracts, which form in the nucleus of the lens and are associated with aging
- Cortical cataracts, which begin to form in the periphery of the lens and work their way in
At Carrot Eye Center, our years of experience allow us to create personalized care plans for every patient, no matter the type or severity of their cataracts.
Signs and Symptoms of Cataracts
During the early development of a cataract, it won’t have much impact on your eyesight, but as it progresses, it will become noticeable: your vision may blur slightly, as if you are looking through clouded glass. Cataracts can make light seem too bright, and things like headlights may cause more glare than they did previously. Other symptoms include frequent changes in eye prescription and colors becoming faded or forming a yellow hue.
As you age, the proteins that comprise the lenses in your eyes begin to change their precise formation and clump together. This causes a film to build in the lens, or, a cataract. In some cases, cataracts aren’t severe enough to need surgery, but many times, they are.
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Treatment Options for Cataracts in Mesa
In the early stages of cataracts, they can be managed with new glasses with a stronger prescription, brighter lighting in dim settings, anti-glare sunglasses to eliminate halos and glare, or even magnifying reading glasses to help improve clarity when text is small.
If these do not help, surgery becomes the only option. At Carrot Eye Center, our surgeons are able to customize a cataract surgery for the desired outcomes of each individual patient.
Laser Cataract Surgery in Mesa
Cataract surgery may seem intimidating, but the procedure only takes about 15 minutes from start to finish. Our surgeons will continually check in on you to ensure you are comfortable and relaxed. During the virtually painless procedure, the doctor will remove the old clouded lens and replace it with an intraocular lens (IOL).
IOL’s are small lenses placed in the eye to boost visual clarity following cataract surgery. With multiple types of IOLs available, you and a Carrot Eye Center doctor will discuss what your goals are after surgery to decide which type best suits your unique needs.
Recovery and Results for Cataract Surgery
Your cataract surgery can be approached in two different ways, something we’ll discuss with you during your initial consultation. You’ll choose if you want to live with glasses or without following the procedure. With the first option, we’ll help you decide on the best pair of glasses for you to ensure clear sight in the long-term.
If you decide that you don’t want to live with the hassle of corrective eyewear after your cataract removal, we’ve developed a signature process:
First, we perform the surgery to remove the clouded lens, before letting your eye(s) fully heal. We look at your eyes again to determine if we can use a laser refractive surgery technique to improve your vision further.
Follow-ups are simple and convenient, with our doctors checking to make sure your eyes are healing properly and that clear sight is restored. When both eyes’ cataracts have been removed, the next appointment will be three weeks out to check if glasses or a laser touch-up are needed, and after three more months, you’ll receive a final evaluation.
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Cataract Surgeons in Mesa
Dr. Michael Herion, M.D., and Dr. Matthew Hammond, M.D. lead Carrot Eye Center’s cataract surgery team. Board-certified ophthalmologists, Dr. Herion and Dr. Hammond both have a passion for ensuring that every one of their patients in Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler and the surrounding areas have access to care that’s truly unique.
“Carrot Eye Center is the place to go for your overall eye care needs. The staff is very friendly and efficient. The doctors are Amazing! So excited to recommend this place to all of my family and friends.”