Cataracts typically develop over the course of several years and this is part of the normal aging of the eye. According to the National Eye Institute, at around age 40, the proteins in the eye start to break down and stick together. This causes cloudiness of the eye’s natural lens. People with cataracts often describe […]
Cataracts typically develop over the course of several years and this is part of the normal aging of the eye. According to the National Eye Institute, at around age 40, the proteins in the eye start to break down and stick together. This causes cloudiness of the eye’s natural lens. People with cataracts often describe their visual changes as blurry and hazy. Cataracts can make it challenging to read, see vivid colors, or drive a car – especially at night. Because most cataracts develop slowly, they don’t initially interfere with one’s eyesight but over time, cataracts will cause vision to become blurry.
There are risk factors to the speed at which cataracts develop. Aging and family history are risk factors you cannot control. However, to slow the progression of cataracts, we recommend:
- Quit smoking. Smoking causes the vessels in the retina to break down and become blocked, which will lead to cloudy vision.
- Maintain a healthy weight. Obesity leads to health issues such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
- Control high blood pressure. High blood pressure can damage and weaken the eye’s vessels.
- Control diabetes. High blood sugar levels can change the shape of the eye’s lens and cause cataracts to develop faster.
- Use UV protection when outdoors.
Surgery is the only way to remove a cataract. Luckily, cataract surgery is a safe and effective procedure that can help you regain clear vision. The National Institute of Health conducted a survey in 2021 that determined cataract surgery to be the most common surgery in the United States, with more than three million cataract surgeries performed each year.
Cataract surgery involves removing the eye’s cloudy lens and replacing it with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) implant. This new artificial lens can improve vision and premium IOL options may even reduce the need for glasses or contact lenses entirely!
Can Cataract Surgery be Done Twice on The Same Eye?
Cataract surgery cannot be done more than once per eye. Once it is removed, cataract cannot grow back. Occasionally, patients may experience blurry vision after cataract surgery, a condition called posterior capsule opacification (PCO). This is not a complication but a natural part of the healing process and is treated with a laser procedure that removes the clouded cells.
Can an IOL be Replaced?
The new intraocular lens (IOL) implant should last a lifetime. However, if the IOL shifts in position or if the patient develops a complication that affects the IOL’s function, replacement surgery may be necessary.
Cataract surgery is a common, safe, and effective procedure that millions of Americans undergo each year. As with all surgery, complications can occur, but they are rare.
Contact your doctor for an appointment if you have concerns about your recent cataract surgery, or would like a consultation for surgery. For more information on cataract surgery or to make an appointment with Griffey Eye Care, call (757) 410-9500.
When we age, some of our bodily functions start to slow or break down. That includes the organ we rely on the most for sight, brain focus, and storage/transference of information: the eyes. Around the age of 40, the proteins weaken and become cloudy in the eye’s natural lens. By age 65, one in five […]
Aging doesn’t guarantee that you will develop cataracts in one or both eyes. But as an often age-related condition, your risk certainly increases with age. Fortunately, it’s a highly treatable condition and can often be managed without surgery as a first step. Regular eye examinations are an important part of the early detection of cataracts […]
Cataract surgery can help remove the cloudy lens affecting your vision, improving your sight. If you receive this procedure, is blurry vision normal after surgery? Is blurriness nothing to worry about, or should you contact your eye doctor? Continue reading to learn more about cataracts, including if blurry vision is normal after cataract surgery. Let’s […]
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Maintaining sound eye care habits is essential to eye health, whether you’re keeping up with your doctors on the latest procedures or practicing good eye health habits. Dealing with cataracts is one of those crucial eye health procedures you can monitor. But does everyone get cataracts? Let’s explore what cataracts are, their symptoms, risk factors, […]
Dottie noticed changes in her vision when she found herself constantly cleaning her glasses, “I thought there was something wrong with the glasses but later found out that it was the cataract.” Dottie’s changes in her vision were gradual and she didn’t realize how bad the cataract had affected her vision. “It gradually comes on […]
Poor night vision. Cloudy or blurry images. Unpleasant glare from car headlights. Although most people who have symptoms of cataracts are over the age of 80, many people begin to notice these vision changes when they are in their forties. “Younger people can have cataracts, too, especially diabetics,” said Dr. Paul M. Griffey, a third-generation […]
I recently went to my family doctor for pain I’d been having in my eye that was moving down my neck. I’d been waiting to have an MRI scheduled, and it was taking forever. I wanted to get a second opinion about what course of action should be taken. My husband and daughter are both patients at this practice and have always received stellar treatment. Dr. Griffey took very good care of me and went the extra step to send a letter to my family doctor while I was still there to concur with what they had said and also confirm that he would suggest an MRI as well. I was very impressed with him and his patient care. And, I appreciate the staff (particularly Tara and Benita) in scheduling me in as soon as possible. I would highly recommend this practice! Thank you all again for your help.
I was referred to Dr. Griffey by several people. I was told he was an excellent ophthalmologist, and they were right. This was my first time meeting him and he made me feel so safe, comfortable and confident that he was providing me with the best and most knowledgeable treatment I could ask for. As I sat in the chair, I observed him interact with a baby he kissed on the forehead, it was so special to see him do that because it showed a gentle side of him, and his interaction with his assistants was nice, professional and straight to the point of what he needed in order to help his patient, I remember him saying to one of them that he was not going to let me leave until he reviewed a report from another doctor about my condition and that really made me feel special because it showed his concern. I don’t think I could have asked for a better doctor. Thank you Dr. Griffey for being the best and hats off to your father and grandfather.
I had a wonderful first appointment. The staff is attentive and the techs and doctors are knowledgeable and take their time really getting to know their patients. So happy to have found them.
I travel from Atlanta, Georgia to see Dr. Griffey, MD, and board certified Ophthalmologist. Dr. Griffey has performed two surgeries on me and I would trust him to do anything he deems necessary. The staff is fantastic and I would recommend Dr. Griffey, to all that needed to see a competent Ophthalmologist!!!
I want to thank everyone at Chesapeake Eye Care for their care on a recent visit. I had an accident involving my eye and even though they were booked, the receptionist worked me in that day. The technician and Dr. Fox saw me promptly and performed a thorough exam. I was very pleased with both of them and appreciated their kindness and professionalism.
My dad had cataract surgery a couple years ago. I was a little nervous for him, he’d been resisting getting surgery for so long. However, the staff and Dr. Griffey were wonderful to him and everything went very smoothly. He had a great experience, and I am thankful to them for making him so comfortable.
The best thing I ever did was get LASIK surgery; it is unbelievable how I can see 20/20. When I get in bed at night I still think … wait….no, I don’t have to take my contacts out and it’s been 3 months. It was wonderful in Mexico also with not having to worry about contacts and all the solutions to bring with me. I had an amazing experience with my LASIK surgery with Dr. Paul Griffey and his staff! I would definitely recommend him to friends and family!!!
I sent my mom to Dr. Griffey for a 2nd opinion on her eyes. Years later, I am still satisfied with the care he has provided. She had an appointment today and Dr. Griffey called me personally to discuss my concerns. WOW!!!!! GREAT PROVIDER!!!!!! I also referred my dad to him after a bad cataract surgery elsewhere. Dr Griffey did his 2nd eye without complications. THANK YOU for taking care of my parents! I have 30+ years in the business as a licensed optician and have worked with many doctors, I would recommend Dr. Griffey to any patient for care!!!!!!!!!!
I have been a patient of Dr. Griffey, since 2012. I’m born, raised, formal education, retired Law Enforcement, City of Virginia Beach, VA. After moving to Atlanta, I felt I could not find the care I needed, so I travel back and forth to receive my care. I will not allow anyone to see me. Well worth the trip, and will continue to do so!
Thank you for being The Best…
We both underwent cataract surgery, in both eyes. Barbara’s was in September of 2018. Mine was in December 2018. We both had excellent experiences, from her first visit, to my last. Dr. Griffey, as well as everyone on his staff, (that we came in contact with), were prompt and very professional. Yet, at the same time they were relaxed and very friendly. We were very impressed that everyone, asked, if we had any questions.
And, we can both see 20/20 again!!.
There was an general atmosphere of confidence and calmness throughout his practice, as well as within the Chesapeake Surgical Center. That made us both feel very comfortable, and well cared for. We have never before experienced such a well run practice. We have, (and will continue to), highly recommend Dr. Griffey to anyone who needs eye care.
Barbara and Eddie
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