What Is A Cataract?

If you’re looking for a cataract surgeon in San Antonio, look no further than Dr. Iskander at San Antonio Eye Specialists. A cataract is what we call a lens in the eye that has become cloudy. When you see someone who has a cataract, they will typically have a gray or blue tint to their eye where the pupil is (the part that normally appears black). For a person who has a cataract, it can have many unusual symptoms, including yellowing of colors, halos, glare, and more. The initial symptom is blurred vision, and other symptoms develop over time, even resulting in unusual symptoms like diplopia (double vision) when the cataract is ‘ripe’ or ‘mature’.

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Do You Need A Cataract Surgeon? Look No Further that San Antonio Eye Specialists!

Currently, the only treatment for cataract is to surgically remove the eye’s natural lens and replace it with a synthetic one, which is a clear plastic intraocular lens (IOL) made of either PMMA, acrylic or silicone. These materials are all biocompatible and have proven safe for many decades of life.

Although the procedure itself sounds scary to just about anyone, ophthalmologists will always tell you that, statistically, cataract surgery is one of the safest and most frequently performed surgical procedures in modern medicine. The statistics are impressive. Of the 1.5 million cataract surgeries performed each year, 98% are complication-free and 95% result in improved vision. This is largely because of advances in cataract surgery technology and techniques. For example, ultrasound is used to liquefy the eye’s natural lens rather than ‘cutting’ it out. The liquefied lens is in fact gently suctioned out through an extremely small incision, and the same incision is used to implant the folded IOL, where it unfolds into its proper and permanent position.

 

Why Choose Dr. Iskander and San Antonio Eye Specialists?

Dr. Iskander has extensive experience with state-of-the-art cataract surgery. He performs no-stitch cataract surgery under topical anesthetic drops. No needles will be used during surgery and patients often require no patch after surgery. More than 98% of patients are pain free, and most see clearly within hours to days after the procedure.

Dr. Iskander specializes in refractive custom cataract surgery. This entails custom tailoring the procedure to each patient i.e. we try to minimize the refractive error (prescription) during surgery by choice of intraocular lens implants (IOL) and management of astigmatism, to lessen the dependency on glasses after surgery.

Dr. Iskander also utilizes laser assisted cataract removal.  This technology can add a greater amount of precision, safety and improved visual outcome to the entire cataract procedure. Learn more by clicking HERE

 

Dr. Iskander is referred many “complex” cases from colleagues in San Antonio for his surgical expertise.

There are several types of IOL’s available. Dr. Iskander will provide a thorough examination and evaluation to help determine which lens is best for you. To Learn more about lens options, click HERE

 

Testimonial

“I was scared to have cataract surgery after I was diagnosed by my optometrist. After going to several ophthalmologist in town, I decided to go with Dr. Iskander of San Antonio Eye Specialists because I felt most comfortable with him. He took the time to explain the difference between modern cataract removal and old fashion cataract surgery like my mother had. After undergoing laser-assisted cataract removal, I can see clearly again! I also chose a premium lens implant which has freed my from reading glasses and bifocals for nearly all activities! Thanks again Dr. Iskander!”