Dr. Kruger likes helping people see without glasses. The need for cataract surgery is a very patient-driven thing. Most patients who suffer from cataracts seek out ophthalmologists once their vision significantly affects their lifestyle. If your general eye care doctor doesn’t perform the most advanced surgeries and you’re looking for someone trustworthy and talented who can do the job perfectly, Dr. Kruger is an excellent choice. He specializes in low impact procedures, such as a no stitch small incision surgery for cataracts, as well as more complex treatments for complicated conditions.
Common Questions about Cataract Surgery
What are cataracts?
Our eyes have a natural lens, through which light is refracted to help us see. A healthy lens is clear, but with cataracts, things might look blurry, hazy, or even less colorful due to spots on the lens. Cataracts scatter light passing through the eye, disrupting normal vision.
What are the signs of cataracts?
- Clouded, blurred or dim vision
- Increasing difficulty with vision at night
- Sensitivity to light and glare
- Seeing "halos" around lights
- Frequent changes in eyeglass or contact lens prescription
- Fading or yellowing of colors
- Double vision in a single eye
What causes cataracts?
Age is the most common cause of cataracts in patients. At around age 40, proteins in the lens of the eye may start to break down, clouding the lens. Other risk factors include diabetes, eye injury or surgery, smoking, upper body radiation treatments, and spending a lot of time in direct sun.
How can I protect myself from cataracts?
Unfortunately, the natural deterioration of protein due to age isn’t preventable. However, the best defense against cataracts is using sunglasses and eyeglasses that protect the eyes from harmful UV rays. Dr. Kruger recommends an overall healthy lifestyle to promote eye health throughout his patients’ lifetimes.
Why is cataract surgery necessary?
Cataracts can only be completely removed by replacing the natural eye lens with an artificial, clear lens called an intraocular lens (IOL). As cataracts don’t medically harm the eye, there is no urgency when choosing whether or not to have cataract removal surgery. Typically, it is recommended only when the cataracts get in the way of a patient’s everyday activities, such as reading or driving. Dr. Kruger specializes in low-impact procedures to correct the effects of cataracts, like no-stitch small incision surgery.
If you’re suffering from cataracts, Dr. Kruger can help. Contact our office to schedule a consultation and discuss the best option for you.