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Cataract Care

Cataracts occur as part of the normal aging process, and studies show that virtually everyone over age 65 has some cataract formation in their eyes. Looking for details on the typical clinic process for cataract treatment? View our video below.

The normally clear lens in the eye becomes yellowed, interfering with light as it enters the eye. As a result, your vision can be affected in any number of ways, including blurred vision, bad night vision, reduced vision in low lighting, trouble with street and road signs, or problems with small print.

The amount and pattern of cloudiness within the lens can vary, and you may not know it is present since cataracts do not cause watery, achy or sore eyes. Nor will they cause red or irritated eyes.

Most age-related cataracts progress gradually over many years. Other cataracts, especially in younger adults and people with diabetes, may progress rapidly. The aging process, family history, diabetes or other medical problems, smoking, trauma to the eye, some medications, and excessive unprotected UV exposure are known causes of cataracts.

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It can be helpful to think of the eye as a dirty windshield on a car. It will not harm the eye to leave the cataract in place, and results are no different if the cataract is removed sooner or later. You should remove your cataract only when you decide you want it removed to make your vision better.

How dirty is your windshield? You tell us…you’re the one looking through it. If it bothers you, fix it. If not, wait until it does bother you.

A thorough eye examination by your ophthalmologist can detect the presence of a cataract, as well as any other eye conditions. Cataract surgery is necessary when your decreased vision interferes with your everyday activities.

Cataract surgery has become the most common surgery performed on adults in the United States. During this procedure, the cloudy lens of your eye is removed and replaced with a clear lens implant, placed directly into the eye to reduce or eliminate the need for any glasses after surgery.

The newest implants (called multifocal implants, or presbyopia-correcting implants) can even provide sharp vision at both distance and up close, reducing or eliminating the need for any kind of glasses, including reading glasses after surgery.

This procedure, performed with sterile technique on an outpatient basis at our clinic, is extremely safe, predictable and effective, and allows for restoration of vision hampered by the cataract.

Rest assured, lens implants have been a standard part of cataract surgery for the last 25 years. Note that standard cataract surgery is not designed to correct astigmatism.

Following cataract surgery, sometimes the posterior capsule will cloud over. In the video above, Dr. Michael Richie explains this laser eye Treatment and a YAG Laser Capsulotomy is performed.

Please contact us to discuss your options for Cataract Care.

Video: YAG Laser Eye Treatment Also: Richie Eye Clinic YouTube Channel

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We are well into the weirdest time any of us have ever experienced. Not since World War II have we seen these kinds of actions and steps to keep us safe.

Bars and restaurants are shuttered by order of the Governor and social distancing leaves many of us confined to our homes. Everyone is more tech savvy as we learn Facetime, Netflix, video streaming and GrubHub.

Businesses are limited to “essential services” only making most of us reorder our priorities. However important we thought our work was before this, we have a new found appreciation for the folks who deliver goods to the store, stock the shelves, scrub the floors and take out the garbage.

Kids are learning online, people who never dreamed they could be working remotely are doing so, and tele-everything is taking off.

With Governor Walz’ announcement on March 25th, we have at least another 2 weeks of Shelter In Place to endure (enjoy?).

At Richie Eye Clinic, we are doing our part, too. We are open on a limited basis for urgent and emergent problems including eye pain, sudden loss of vision, infections, foreign bodies in the eye, and those who are receiving injections for macular degeneration, diabetes, and other retinal issues.

Although we have limited staffing, we are here to answer your questions, so if your call goes to voicemail, please leave a message; we will return your call as soon as possible.

As society continues in “lockdown” mode, rest assured that we are here for you when you need us and, together, we will get through this.


Mike Richie