Precise Solutions for Your Best Vision
When it comes to experience and expertise, the providers at Griffey Eye Care are industry leaders. Our ophthalmologists have helped thousands of patients regain the vision of their youth. Not only do we excel in performing advanced laser cataract surgery, but we are passionate about educating our patients so they feel informed and confident in their surgical decision.
If your vision appears blurry or cloudy, speak with our team about your options to improve your sight. Schedule an appointment with us today.
What Is a Cataract?
A cataract occurs when the natural lens in your eye becomes clouded. The lens in your eye is responsible for helping you focus on objects at different distances, changing shape as needed to properly refract light onto the retina.
Cataracts are a common age-related ocular condition. As you age, the proteins and fibers in the lens begin to break down, causing clouding. Symptoms of cataracts can include:
- Blurry vision
- Colors appearing faded or yellow
- Difficulty seeing at night
- Light sensitivity
- Constant changes in prescription
Traditional Cataract Surgery vs. Laser Cataract Surgery
Traditional cataract surgery restores your vision with a standard lens replacement implant. The procedure is performed manually by your doctor using a blade to make a small incision in the eye. This cataract surgery is typically covered by insurance (except for co-pays and deductibles)
Laser cataract surgery using the LenSx laser system is a personalized, comfortable, and precise procedure. Computer control assists your doctor in making the necessary incision using advanced laser technology. No blades are required for laser cataract surgery and most patients are suitable candidates for this procedure.
Due to the customizations in laser cataract surgery, there are extra fees with this procedure that are not covered by insurance. Financing options are available.
What to Expect from Cataract Surgery
In the beginning stages of cataracts, updating your prescription can help improve your vision until your sight starts to impact your daily life. The only way to completely remove a cataract is through surgery. Typically, your natural clouded lens is removed and replaced with an intraocular lens (IOL) implant. There are various IOLs available to help improve your vision. Dr. Griffey will discuss your options with you to determine what is best for you and your eyes.
Prior to Your Pre-Operative
A preoperative appointment with Dr. Paul Griffey will consist of a thorough assessment to determine whether you are a suitable candidate for surgery and the correct power of IOL needed for your lens replacement.
We will also review your IOL options, prescribe eye drops to use before and after surgery, go over your medical history, and answer any questions you may have.
The Day of Your Procedure
When planning for your procedure, you will need to find someone to drive you home as your eyes will need time to heal. You will be required to fast on the day of your surgery.
When you arrive, we will administer eye drops to dilate your eye and a topical anesthetic to numb the area. You will also receive a mild sedative to ensure you are comfortable throughout the process, but you will remain awake during the procedure.
A small incision will be made in the eye. Then, the clouded lens will be broken up and removed from the eye using specialized surgical instruments. Dr. Griffey will then implant the IOL in your eye to replace the natural lens.
Once the surgery is complete, you can request water or juice and a nurse will go over your instructions for postoperative care. We request a short stay in our outpatient recovery area before heading home.
Following Your Procedure
A follow-up appointment will be scheduled a day after your surgery to have your vision checked by our technician. The technician will discuss your eye drops and go over the instructions before you see your doctor. Your doctor will examine your eyes to ensure the IOL implant is centered and there are no signs of infection.
We will schedule another follow-up appointment 3 weeks later to ensure your eye is healed. The success rate of cataract surgery is high and most patients experience improved vision within hours.
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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