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The eye is like a camera. Light enters the clear front of the eye (cornea), passes through the opening in the center of the iris (the pupil) and is focused by the lens, which lies behind the pupil and the iris. The lens focuses light rays on the back of the eye (retina), which transmits images to the brain via the optic nerve. This is the process of seeing.

A cataract occurs when there is a progressive clouding of the eye’s natural lens. It interferes with light passing through the eye to the retina. Vision becomes blurred or dimmed because light is not transmitted clearly through the lens to the retina. Your VisionFirst doctor can diagnose a cataract by performing a contrast sensitivity test and other tests to determine how much your vision has been affected by a cataract. There is no medical treatment to reverse or prevent a cataract. Once they form, the only way to achieve clear vision again is through cataract surgery. Microsurgical techniques allow cataracts to be removed quickly and easily on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia with no needles, no stitches, and no patches. These procedures require only a very small incision that heals quickly and promotes rapid recovery.

Normal vision compared to vision through cataracts

All VisionFirst doctors work closely with the leading surgeons in the area to ensure you are in the best care possible.

Your VisionFirst doctor will assist you with all your pre- and post-operative care at any of our 15 locations.