View VideoThe talented team at Wiles Eye Center are experts at treating cataracts. We understand the inconvenience of poor vision and work hard to offer all our St. Joseph and Kansas City cataract patients high quality, affordable cataract removal procedures. Dr. Stephen Wiles, chief ophthalmologist, is one of the nation’s top cataract surgeons. Dr. Wiles has a 99.9 percent success rate in cataract surgeries without unplanned complications. He has refined cataract surgery techniques that minimize invasiveness and increase the speed of recovery for our patients.
What Are Cataracts?
A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s naturally clear lens. When the lens becomes cloudy, vision cannot pass through it properly, and images are blurred. Cataracts are, for the most part, a normal consequence of aging. Sunlight, genetics, medications, diabetes, trauma, and smoking all contribute to cataract formation. Depending on the severity of the clouding, patients can experience slightly blurred vision to near blindness. Patients who struggle with cataracts often experience:
- Blurred vision
- Increased sensitivity to sun or artificial light
- Increased glare
- Dull colors
Unfortunately, there is no medication or diet that will reverse cataract formation. While eyeglasses and contact lenses can help patients manage the symptoms listed above, only cataract surgery can restore vision and return patients to their previous lifestyles. Cataract surgery is typically a painless procedure that yields excellent results.
Where Are Cataract Procedures Performed?
We perform most cataract surgery in specialized outpatient facilities. Using a high powered microscope, the cataract is gently removed with an ultrasonic probe through an opening so small that it heals without any stitches. A custom-designed lens implant, called an intraocular lens (IOL), is placed into your eye in order to restore bright, clear vision. The newest IOLs allow you to see far away, up close, and in between without glasses. These advanced techniques have been perfected over thousands of cases. It is pain free, uses eye drops for anesthetic (no needles), and requires no stitches for most patients. These amazing refinements allow you to go home within minutes of the treatment without eye patches and begin to enjoy your new vision.
Highly-trained in advanced cataract surgery techniques, our experienced eye surgeons replace clouded lenses with leading-edge intraocular lens implants to help patients achieve crystal-clear vision. They use only the finest implants, including the Crystalens AO accommodating IOL. This advanced technology is one of the first FDA-approved implants for the treatment of presbyopia. At the St. Joseph and Kansas City cataract surgery offices of Wiles Eye Center, patients can also choose to receive distance vision upgrades, such as the AMO Tecnis Multifocal, Bausch and Lomb H60, Alcon ReSTOR Multifocal and/or AO intraocular lenses.
Is Cataract Surgery Right For You?
Cataract surgery is one of the most successful procedures performed in the United States. Almost everyone’s vision improves and side effects are rare. Although you can live with cataracts for a period of time, it is usually safer and easier on you to remove them before they advance to severe vision loss. Cataracts should be removed when you want to see better, and when we anticipate significant visual improvement from the procedure. Our doctors and staff are dedicated, experienced cataract surgery professionals and will be able to help you decide if a cataract surgery procedure is right for you. Our staff is also available to answer the many questions you may have like:
- Can I wear makeup after cataract surgery?
- Are you awake during cataract surgery?
- Can I go swimming after cataract surgery?
Contacting Your Cataract Surgery Specialist
If you would like to learn how premium IOLs cataract surgery in Kansas City and St. Joseph can help you realize your vision correction goals, use our contact page to schedule a one-on-one consultation with one of our talented cataract surgeons.