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Cataracts

Cataract Surgery and Vision Correction in Atlanta, Georgia

CataractsA cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens, reducing the sharpness of the image on the retina, making it look fuzzy.
Cataracts are the leading cause of visual loss for people 55 or older, but eye injuries and certain diseases, such as diabetes and alcoholism can also cause cataracts.

Treatment for a cataract consists of replacing the clouded lens with a sterile acrylic or silicone lens.  These lenses can also correct your myopia and hyperopia.

Cataract surgery is a fast, safe and painless procedure that is done with such precision and with such tiny incisions, that usually no stitches are required and recovery time is minimal.

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Dr. Woodhams has been performing cataract surgery at Woodhams Eye Clinic since 1983. He was the first surgeon in Georgia to perform the newer multi-focal or accommodating PreLex™ lens exchange.

Since 2004, Dr. Woodhams has helped thousands of patients become free of bifocals and reading glasses. One was even a staff member. Ask to speak with Jan when you call for information.

If you have signs of cataracts, Woodhams Eye Clinic can help. Contact us by e-mail or call 770.394.4000 today!

Cataract Surgery Recovery



Cataract Surgery and Vision Correction in Atlanta, Georgia

During your cataract surgery consultation with Georgia ophthalmologist Dr. Trevor Woodhams, you will learn about the surgery options available at Woodhams Eye Clinic. You and Dr. Woodhams will discuss your cataract surgery questions and what you can expect during your recovery period.

Please call Woodhams Eye Clinic in Atlanta at 770-394-4000 for an initial eye evaluation.

Recovery Period

Everyone’s recovery from Georgia cataract surgery will be unique. In general, full recovery takes about three months. The day following your surgery you will return to the clinic for a brief check up.  Post op visits will be at about a week, a month, and at about three months after your surgery.  Your second eye will be scheduled when you and the doctor agree that the first eye is satisfactory.  This typically occurs in about two to three weeks.

Dr. Woodhams will prescribe the necessary eye drop medications that you will pick up from your pharmacy and bring to your surgery appointment.   On the day of your surgery, you will be given a kit that contains lubricating eye drops, protective eye shields, and instructions detailing when to use your drops after surgery.  Our nurse will review these instructions with you on the day of your surgery.

After surgery your vision will improve rapidly over the first 5 to 7 days but may fluctuate some during the cataract surgery recovery period.   During your follow up visits your vision will be checked to measure your progress.

Once your vision has stabilized, you may still need prescription glasses to correct for refractive errors.   However, some people find that cataract surgery that includes special lenses available at Woodhams Eye Clinic, will address most of these issues.  It may be possible for you to have LASIK after your cataract surgery to correct your astigmatism.  As with your recovery period, this will be based on factors unique to your body.

During your Georgia cataract surgery planning phase, Dr. Woodhams and our highly trained staff will discuss any questions with you in more detail.

If you live in Georgia and have developed cataracts, please contact Woodhams Eye Clinic today to schedule a cataract surgery consultation.

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Questions About Cataract Surgery



Cataract Surgery and Vision Correction in Atlanta, Georgia

What is a cataract?

A cataract is the clouding of the lens in your eye. It affects your vision because it interferes with light passing through your eye to your retina. A cataract can occur in one or both eyes, but a cataract can’t spread from one eye to the other.

What are the causes of cataracts?

Cataracts can develop naturally as you age because the proteins contained in your eye lens may start to clump together. Eye injuries, smoking and alcohol use, or diseases, like diabetes, may also contribute to cataract development.

What are the symptoms?

Common cataract symptoms include cloudy or blurry vision, poor night vision, or double vision. You may also notice glare or a halo appearance around lights. And colors may seem faded.

How do you detect cataracts?

You may notice the symptoms of cataracts, but they are best detected through a comprehensive exam by one of our doctors at Woodhams Eye Clinic. A visual acuity test will measure how well you are seeing at various distances, and a dilated eye exam will allow your doctor to examine your retina and optic nerve after drops have dilated your pupils. Additional tests may be performed to assess the overall health of your eye.

How do you treat cataracts?

To treat your cataract, our doctors will remove your clouded lens and replace it with an acrylic or silicone intraocular lens. PreLex™ (Presbyopic Lens Exchange) is the procedure can be a great option for many of our patients.  Woodhams Eye Clinic is the exclusive provider forPreLex™ in Georgia to treat cataracts and provide distance and near vision.  Other options include standard cataract surgery and Enhanced Cataract Surgery.

What is cataract surgery like?

Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure performed at our surgical center. It takes about 15 to 20 minutes. Your visit on surgery day, including pre-op preparation, will take 2 to 3 hours.

Our doctor removes your natural lens with ultrasonic vibrations through a micro-incision of less than 3 mm. Your multifocal replacement lens is inserted through the same hole. Sutures are generally not required because the small incision will heal on its own.

What are the risks of cataract surgery?

Cataract surgery, like any other surgery, does pose risks like infection and bleeding. We will discuss pre-surgery precautions, such as not taking certain medications that will increase the risk of bleeding during surgery, and postoperative care with you, such as keeping your eye clean and using medications to decrease the risk of infection.

If you live in the Atlanta area and are concerned about cataracts, please contact Woodhams Eye Clinic to schedule a consultation.

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Cataract Surgery: What to Expect



Cataract Surgery and Vision Correction in Atlanta, Georgia

The decision to undergo cataract surgery with lens implant is an important one, because it’s a decision that will likely pay dividends for the rest of your life. Cataract and lens implant surgery is one of the most widely performed surgeries in the world.   Dr. Woodhams has years of experience caring for the people in the Atlanta area as well at the entire southeast.

The purpose of cataract and lens implant surgery is to replace your natural, clouded lens with a new intraocular lens implant that will correct your vision. The exact type of lens implant will be determined in the consultation with your doctor.

Woodhams Eye Clinic is the exclusive provider for PreLex™ procedure in Georgia.  With Prelex™, the doctor inserts a presbyopia-correcting lens instead of the traditional monofocal lens. What does this mean for you? An eye that can focus at varying distances much like your natural, healthy lens.

We also have other cataract and lens options available.  During your consultation with our doctors you will discuss all of your lens options and pricing as well as financing options with your surgery counselor.

Here is what to expect during your Cataract and lens Implant surgery

On the day of surgery you will need someone to drive you home after your procedure

When you arrive at the surgery center you will go to the pre-op area and be given a mild sedative, (Valium) to help you relax.  We perform cataract surgery on an outpatient basis so there is no overnight stay needed.   We use an anesthetic gel along with an antibiotic drop to anesthetize and sterilize the eye. The drops work almost instantly to numb the eye, making the procedure painless.  Because we do not use general anesthesia, you will be back on your feet much more quickly.

After the eye has been completely anesthetized, the doctor will begin the procedure while you focus on a bright overhead light. A tiny incision will be made, allowing access to your natural lens where your cataract will be broken up with ultrasonic vibration and vacuumed out. Then the new, folded up lens implant will be inserted thru the same small incision.  The incision is so small (less than 3 millimeters in length) that it usually does not require single stitch!

Your entire cataract surgery lens implant experience, including pre-op preparation, should take about two to three hours.  Vision can vary quite a bit on the first post-op day depending on how much swelling there may be. Your vision will improve quickly over the next five to seven days and it will continue to improve in the weeks that follow.  There is rarely any discomfort following this procedure. You can expect some temporary and side effects such as scratchiness and light sensitivity.

If you have any other cataract surgery questions, please call the office to speak with our knowledgeable staff. We’re happy to walk you through what to expect.  Two of our staff members have had Prelex and can speak with you about their experience.

If you’re an Atlanta, Georgia resident considering cataract surgery, please contact Woodhams Eye Clinic today to arrange a consultation.

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Cataract Symptoms



Cataract Surgery and Vision Correction in Atlanta, Georgia

Cataracts occur frequently in people over the age of 50. As we age, the lens in our eye starts to cloud and blurs our vision. At Woodhams Eye Clinic in Atlanta, our doctors can detect the development of cataracts in your eyes and restore your vision with cataract surgery using the PreLex™ procedure.

Common Cataract Symptoms

Cataracts begin when protein in your eye lens clumps together,  causing a yellow or brown discoloration of your lens and cloudy vision. Often a cataract will not affect your vision significantly in its early stages. You may not even notice the initial development of a cataract. But as it enlarges you may notice any or all of the following:

  • Your vision may be hazy or blurred. This can feel like you are looking through a cloudy piece of glass.
  • Colors may seem faded and less vibrant and take on a yellowish tint.
  • You may notice glare from headlights or lamps or see a halo around lights.
  • The sun can appear too bright, and you can develop a general sensitivity to bright lights.
  • You can develop poor night vision, which will make it difficult to drive safely at night.
  • You may experience double vision or multiple images in one eye. As the cataract enlarges, this symptom may actually improve.

The type of cataract you have will affect the kind of symptoms you notice and how soon they occur in the development of your cataract.

Detection by Your Eye Care Professional

The best way to determine if you have cataracts and are ready for cataract surgery is to consult with an eye care professional. At Woodhams Eye Clinic, our doctors will assess your eye care needs using the latest in vision technology, and we’ll recommend treatment that is right for you. The only treatment for cataracts is surgery.

Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure, performed at our state-of-the-art surgical center in Atlanta, Georgia. During surgery, Dr. Woodhams will remove the natural lens in your eye and replace it with an acrylic or silicone intraocular lens that will allow your eye to behave naturally. The procedure is relatively painless and often only requires a local anesthetic to numb the nerves around your eye.

To learn more, please see Questions about Cataracts.

If you think you have cataracts and are in need of cataract surgery in the Atlanta area, please contact Woodhams Eye Clinic to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced doctors.

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