Cataracts

Scott Vandenbelt, M.D. -  - Ophthalmology

Valley Eye Care, P.C.

Scott Vandenbelt, M.D.

Ophthalmology located in Bay City, MI

Losing the clarity of your vision is an inevitable part of aging. For people living with cataracts, however, corrective lenses is not enough to restore sight. Scott Vandenbelt, MD, offers cataracts surgery to improve your vision. He and his expert staff at Valley Eye Care, P.C. in Bay City, Michigan, can help you turn back the clock and restore your eyesight. Call the office or make an appointment online today.

Cataracts Q & A

What are cataracts?

Cataracts are a condition that affects the lens of your eye. Over time, cataracts cause that lens to become cloudier and cloudier, making it more and more difficult to see.

Cataracts are extremely common. Over 20 million Americans are affected by them. They are most often caused by aging, but other factors like medication, other eye conditions, and certain diseases can cause cataracts to progress more quickly.

Individuals living with cataracts can try strong corrective eyeglasses and may be able to see more clearly when things are well lit. Over time, however, cataracts generally progress and make vision difficult, ultimately impacting that individual's quality of life. At that point, cataract surgery may be the right option.

What causes cataracts?

The eye sees clearly because of the way it focuses light through the lens onto the retina. Eye lenses consist of water and protein and, in an ideally functioning eye, the proteins in the lens are arranged so they don’t impede vision.

Over time, however, those proteins can begin to clump together, making it more difficult for light to pass through to the retina and, consequently, decreasing an individual’s ability to see clearly. Those protein clumps cause cloudiness in the lens that we call cataracts.

What can be done to treat cataracts?

Fortunately, cataracts can be removed to restore clarity to your vision. Dr. Vandenbelt leverages the most advanced technology available today to surgically remove cataracts from the eye. Because this procedure removes the clouded lenses that inhibit your vision, it can dramatically transform your quality of life.

During your cataract surgery, Dr. Vandenbelt removes the lens of your eye that has become cloudy. He then replaces that lens with a permanent artificial lens implant made of flexible plastic. This lens is called an intraocular lens (IOL). There are multiple different types of IOLs available to replace your eye’s lens. Dr. Vandenbelt explores your IOL options with you.

Valley Eye Care, P.C. offers premium lenses to further correct your vision, giving you the clearest sight possible. Premium lenses can be used to correct astigmatism, nearsightedness, and farsightedness. They can also be manufactured to more closely resemble the shape of your cornea, delivering you the clearest vision possible in the widest range of conditions.

Valley Eye Care, P.C. offers financing options for premium lenses.

If you are living with cataracts, he can explore treatment options with you to restore your vision and your quality of life. To request your appointment, call Valley Eye Care, P.C. today or make an appointment with the online scheduler.