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PreLex

Eye Care and Vision Correction in Atlanta, Georgia

At Woodhams Eye Clinic in Atlanta, PreLex™ is the laser vision correction surgery we commonly recommend to our patients who are suffering from cataracts or presbyopia. PreLex can restore the youthful focus of your vision.

Conditions Treatable with PreLex

At Woodhams Eye Clinic, our doctors will meet with you and discuss your treatment options and recommend the appropriate surgical solutions after a comprehensive evaluation of your eye health and vision goals. PreLex may be the right solution for you if you have any of the following:

  • Cataracts. The clouding of the eye lens that usually occurs with advancing age.
  • Presbyopia. The loss of flexibility in the eye lens that prevents us from varying our focus. Seeing up close becomes more difficult with age.
  • Myopia. Known as nearsightedness, this condition makes distant objects appear out of focus.
  • Hyperopia, also known as farsightedness, prevents the eye from focusing correctly on near objects.

These conditions may also be treated with one of our other surgical procedures, such as LASIK, but Dr. J. Trevor Woodham will let you know if PreLex is the way to reverse your vision loss. Even if you have had other laser vision correction surgery in the past, PreLex may still be a good solution for you.

The PreLex Procedure

PreLex is short for presbyopic lens exchange. During the PreLex procedure, Dr. Woodhams will remove the natural lens in your eye and replace it with a multi-focal lens.

The implanted multi-focal lens allows your eye to focus at varying lengths like a youthful natural lens. This is more akin to a natural eye than monofocal lenses that have been used for years in cataract surgery. Those monofocal lenses only allow clear vision focus at one point. The same is true with LASIK solutions, which is why the results you’ll see from your PreLex procedure are superior to LASIK.

With the PreLex procedure, your new lens will not change or deteriorate with age like your natural lens, and your vision will remain clear with little or no dependence on corrective lenses. Recovery for each patient is as individual as the patient. Some patients report improved vision right away and some will see halos around lights while their eyes adjust to the new lenses. Be assured that our doctors will track your progress after surgery in thorough follow-up visits.

To discuss the option of a PreLex procedure with an Atlanta area eye surgeon, please contact Woodhams Eye Clinic to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced doctors.

Questions About Cataracts



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) can be a great option to provide distance and near vision. Woodhams Eye Clinic is the exclusive provider in Georgia for PreLex™ to treat or prevent the development of cataracts. Other options include Enhanced Cataract Surgery and standard cataract surgery.

What is cataract surgery like?

The PreLex procedure is an outpatient surgery 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.

Dr. Woodhams 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 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, the doctor 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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