Cataract Surgery in Northside

Cataract Surgery in Northside

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Don’t Let Cataracts Cloud Your Vision

Over 50% of people aged 65 and older have a cataract in one or both eyes. As the cataract progresses, vision deteriorates, leading to a decreased quality of life. Fortunately, cataract surgery can easily treat this condition.

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What Are Cataracts?

Cataracts are cloudy patches that develop on the lens of your eye. Cataracts can cause blurred or double vision, may increase light sensitivity and interfere with driving, especially at night. Without cataract surgery, millions of people around the world would be unable to see clearly.

The most common symptoms include:
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Trouble seeing at night
  • Sensitivity to glare
  • Colored halos around lights
  • Colors appearing more faded
  • Requiring brighter light for reading

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When to Get Cataract Surgery

As we evaluate your eye health and vision, we'll carefully examine your lens for signs of cataract formation. If a cataract is detected and the clouding is causing visual disruption, our optometrist will refer you to a trusted surgeon for cataract surgery. Memorial Eye Center - Heights Blvd will be there for you, providing pre and post cataract surgery care.

As the condition begins to seriously impair your vision and adversely affects your daily life, impacting your ability to read, drive, watch TV or recognize faces, you should seriously consider surgery.

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Your Cataract Surgery Co-Management Specialist in Northside

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Hours
  • Monday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Saturday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Spectera

Benefits of Cataract Surgery

  • High success rate

    Cataract surgery, one of the world’s most commonly performed surgeries, has a 95% success rate.

  • Quick and convenient

    This procedure can take just 30 to 45 minutes in an outpatient setting or hospital.

  • Prevents other eye problems

    Removing cataracts can reduce the risk of eye inflammation and pressure inside the eye–a leading cause of glaucoma.

  • Rapid recovery time

    Patients start seeing more clearly within a few days. Colors may seem brighter thanks to the new, clear lens.

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- Jan. 06, 2023
We love the staff at Memorial Eye Center. Dr Aurea is amazing and Sally never fails to find me the p... erfect frames.
- Nov. 16, 2022
Thanks to the crew that works at this office for always making me feel like family authentically you... are appreciated GLOWIN UP SUNSHINE
- Oct. 24, 2022
Dr. Rivera is incredibly thorough and so knowledgeable. Her staff was very patient as we shopped for... glasses. An excellent experience all around.
- Sep. 17, 2022
Very personable staff and my doctor was extremely intuitive to my eye care.
- Sep. 02, 2022
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- Aug. 31, 2022
Staff made experience comfortable so I could easily explain what I needed.
- Aug. 03, 2022
Dr. Rivera and the team are knowledge and friendly. My questions were answered thoroughly and my eye... s are grateful
- May. 09, 2022
This is my second time going to Dr. Rivera. She's like a grandma as a doctor and excellent at her c... raft. Prior to her I had two Dr.'s get my prescriptions way wrong. She perfected it as she did the first time. The receptionist is a bit too opinionated though.
- Apr. 06, 2022
Great staff and doctor.
- Apr. 06, 2022
Dr. Rivera was great. Attentive and informative. Staff was personable and helpful. Good selection of... frames for small faces.
- Apr. 02, 2022
Professional, friendly and clean! Been going to this eye center for years and they always take care ... of me. Highly recommend.
- Mar. 07, 2022
Friendly staff, welcoming atmosphere, and fantastic patient-care! Overall great experience!
- Mar. 07, 2022
Wonderful staff and experienced practitioners! The office was so welcoming and friendly, and with my... updated prescription, I can finally see so crisp and clear! Bless them!
- Mar. 07, 2022
The staff was super friendly and helpful from the moment I walked through the door. The doctor was v... ery thorough and attentive to my needs with it having been a long time since I had new glasses. Also they definitely get 10 stars for helping me find a pair of glasses to fit my massive head. If you struggle with your vision go here ASAP!
- Mar. 05, 2022
If your grandmother was an expert optometrist she would be Dr. Rivera. Dr. Rivera is a wonderful opt... ometrist, bur she also cares about every patient. She will spend extra time with each patient, both personally and professionally.
- Mar. 05, 2022
All the staff is very friendly and they care about giving you the best care. Dr. Aurea is from Puert... o Rico and the front desk girl, too. The 4 of us were speaking in Spanish and telling stories. We laughed all the time while they helped me choose my glasses for the first time. I didn't want to look weird and they helped me choose a pair of blue glasses that I love them I love them you go to that place and you feel like you went to visit some friends I liked the experience and I thought why hadn't I been before
- Dec. 07, 2021
Dr Rivera and her staff are so helpful and friendly. They took the time to answer all my questions.... Great customer service!
- Dec. 04, 2021
Had such a great experience! Everyone had amazing customer service, and everything was good to go.
- Nov. 13, 2021
Were very nice and helpful with helping me choose the right glasses for me, recommend this location ... if you’re looking for people that are fast and efficient.
- Nov. 09, 2021
The front desk staff are so friendly and helpful! The doctor is very personable and knowledgeable. I... ’ve been going for years and always have a great experience.

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How to Prepare for Cataract Surgery

  • Apply antibiotic or anti-inflammatory eyedrops a few days before surgery if instructed to by your eye doctor
  • Arrange for a ride after the surgery, since you won’t be able to drive
  • Wash your face in the morning of the procedure and don’t wear eye makeup, strong perfumes or aftershave

What Happens During Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery removes your natural cloudy lens and replaces it with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) to improve and restore vision. This common and very safe procedure is performed by an eye doctor (ophthalmologist) on an outpatient basis.

  • The eye surgeon (ophthalmologist) will perform cataract surgery on one eye at a time. That means that you will come in for another surgery on the second eye. The procedure is brief and typically takes 30 to 45 minutes to complete.
  • The eye doctor will place drops into your eyes to numb them and dilate your pupils. Though you’ll be conscious during the procedure, you may be offered a sedative to help you remain calm. The eye surgeon will then remove your natural lens and replace it with the IOL. You should feel no pain or discomfort thanks to the anesthetic.
What Happens During Cataract Surgery

Cataract Surgery After-Care

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After surgery, you may feel a bit drowsy as an after-effect of the sedative. Your eye doctor will prescribe eye drops to prevent infection, inflammation and to reduce pressure within your eye. The surgeon may recommend that you wear an eye patch for a few days after your surgery and the protective shield when you sleep during the recovery period. Make sure to avoid rubbing your eyes or touching them unless necessary.

A day after cataract surgery, we'll provide a post-operative eye exam to make sure that all is well. Your Northside optometrist will further perform a series of follow-up exams in the weeks and months to come. If determined that you require corrective lenses following your cataract surgery, we'll make sure you get the proper prescription.


Cataract Surgery Management FAQs

What are side effects of cataract surgery?

While side effects are rare, there are some issues that people commonly encounter in the days after surgery, as the eyes heal.

  • Dry eye
  • Feeling that something is in the eye
  • Blurry vision
  • Light sensitivity

If any of these side effects do not subside within a week or two, please contact Memorial Eye Center - Heights Blvd.

Can I delay cataract surgery

You can delay cataract surgery, but keep in mind that your vision will likely worsen the longer you put off the procedure.

When is cataract surgery not recommended?

Cataract patients who also have age-related macular degeneration or retinal detachment may not respond well to cataract surgery and the new lens may not correct vision.

Can cataract surgery give me 20/20 vision?

If you had great vision before developing cataracts, it’s likely that cataract surgery will restore your sight. Moreover, the IOL inserted into your eye can be designed to correct refractive errors, providing you with clear vision.


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