Dr. Jennifer L. Shane & Associates
5385 Reno Corporate Dr #100 Reno RV 89511 +1 775-852-3937
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Reno, NV / 775-852-3937

Cataract Exam & Management

Cataracts: Prevention, Treatment, and Surgery

This condition is characterized by the clouding of the natural lens. This cloudiness prevents lights from reaching the retina, creating blurry vision, glare, or a general dullness to your sight. Cataracts are often considered just another sign of aging, however, there are ways to delay this condition in your golden years.

Cataract Prevention

A healthy lifestyle is your best defence against cataracts. Smoking, obesity, and excessive alcohol consumption increase your risk of forming early cataracts. Other factors, such as myopia, hormone replacement therapy, hypertension, and family history can have an impact.

Eating a healthy diet that is rich in Vitamin E, and carotenoids like lutein and zeaxanthin can be helpful in preventing cataracts and AMD. Including a range of antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids have shown to be another prevention method. These can be found in many fruits, vegetables, and proteins, or they can be ingested through supplements.

Tests We Use to Screen For Cataracts

Cataract testing is done through a variety of tests which are part of a normal eye exam

  • Visual Acuity Test – The optometrist checks your vision with an eye chart. Your eyes are tested one at a time, with you reading the letters or numbers shown to you.
  • Slit-lamp Exam – A tiny slit of light is used to illuminate the structures of your eye. The optometrist can examine the lens for warning signs of cataracts.
  • Retinal Exam – In this exam, your optometrist can do retinal imaging or dilate your pupils using eye drops. This leaves a larger opening for them to examine your lens. Your pupils will naturally constrict over a few hours.

Cataract Treatment

As your vision deteriorates, there are management strategies to help you live with cataracts. Stronger glasses may help you in the day-to-day tasks that become more difficult. Cooking, using your phone, driving, and reading can be improved with the right prescription and increased lighting. When these methods lose their efficacy, surgery is advised.

Cataract Surgery

If your cataracts have progressed to the extent that they are now compromising your personal or professional life, then it may be time to consider surgery. This outpatient procedure takes less than a half hour and is performed on each eye on separate visits, with a few days of recovery time between. Within a few days, you could be seeing better and living life to the fullest.

First, your eye is numbed using anesthetic eye drops. The surgeon then makes a tiny incision, less than 1/8th of an inch, and removes the clouded natural lens. After the old lens is gone, a new intraocular lens is positioned to replace the old one. Most patients only need an eye patch while they sleep for the first week so they don’t rub their eye. Drops are used to aid healing.

How Safe is Cataract Surgery?

This technique is incredibly safe and successful. It is the most performed surgery in the United States, with almost 3 million procedures performed annually. 90% of these cases report very good vision – between 20/20 and 20/40 – after the full 8 weeks of recovery.

Visit Our New Office in Reno

We are located on Reno Corporate Drive off of Longley and Barron Way. From Longley off McCarran turn east onto Barron way then turn south on Reno Corporate Drive. We will be on your right side. From Double R heading toward Longley, turn north on Reno Corporate Drive just before Longley. Proceed on Reno Corporate Drive to the last drive way before Barron Way. We will be on your left side.

Address

Dr. Jennifer L. Shane & Associates
5385 Reno Corporate Drive #100
Reno, NV, 89511

Contact Number

Phone: 775-852-3937
Email: [email protected]

Hours of Operation

Monday:9:00am - 5:30pm
Tuesday:9:00am - 5:30pm
Wednesday:9:00am - 5:30pm
Thursday:9:00am - 5:30pm
Friday:9:00am - 5:30pm
Saturday:10:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday:10:00am - 4:00pm