Described as a natural clouding of the eye lens, cataracts are a normal part of life. According to The American Academy of Ophthalmology, cataracts affect nearly 22 million Americans age 40 and older. Given that the natural eye lens is made of similar material that comprises our fingernails and our hair, cataracts are often considered an inevitable part of aging, and are widespread among people ages 55 years and older. Just like fingernails often get brittle and hair goes gray, the natural eye lens will stiffen and get cloudy due to the normal aging process. In fact, half of all Americans have them—or have had cataract surgery—by age 80. So if you live long enough, you will likely develop cataracts. Cataracts are not preventable, but they are treatable and our very experienced San Antonio cataract surgeon, Greg Parkhurst MD can discuss your options with you, so you see better after cataract surgery.
Many patients think that a cataract is some sort of film that spreads over the surface of the eye. In reality, a cataract is a natural occurring change in the eye, which is a gradual clouding that makes vision less sharp over time. Patients typically report the sensation of looking through wax paper, they often have trouble driving at night and colors seems very dull. The eye works much like a camera, and like a camera, the lens must be very clear to see well. A healthy transparent lens absorbs light and accurately focuses it onto the retina, providing a crisp clear image. As the aging process takes hold of our eyes, proteins begin to clump together forming opaque clusters. Over time, these protein deposits eventually cloud the entire lens allowing significantly less light to pass through. The small amount of light that does make it through is diffused or scattered, leaving vision defocused. These protein clusters can also change the color of the normal clear lens making it a yellowish brown color.
Cataract surgery is a medical procedure that needs to be done when the cataract becomes cloudy and starts to impair vision. The decision to undergo cataract surgery is one that needs to be made with your family eyecare provider and surgeon, and one that should be made together. Sometimes, a surgeon may suggest waiting for surgery, and this will not hurt your eye. However; considering the benefits of this procedure, it is a decision most of our patients make once they have been diagnosed.
Trouble driving at night, glare from headlights.
Having trouble determining shades of colors.
Cloudy vision or sometimes even blurry vision.
Sunlight can often appear too bright to handle.
Frequent changes in eyeglass prescription.
Dr. Gregory D. Parkhurst is a board certified and fellowship trained cornea specialist who is recognized nationally as an expert and leader in cataract surgery and laser cataract surgery. His work with the modern technology of the LENSAR® laser cataract surgery platform is second to none among U.S. ophthalmologists. With the introduction of the LENSAR® Laser System, laser cataract surgery has become a reality, and Dr. Parkhurst can now remove cataracts in a more advanced way.
Not only does his experience with cataract surgery speak for itself, but he has been highly recognized by the ophthalmologists and the ophthalmology community. Dr. Parkhurst has been named as of onthe Top 40 Under 40 Ophthalmologists in the world by The Ophthalmologist, a respected industry publication out of Europe. He is also listed as a Top Ophthalmologist by the Consumer's Research Council of America, was named to the Super Doctor's Rising Star List.
Cataract Surgery Recovery
At Parkhurst NuVision in San Antonio, we work very hard to provide a detailed explanation of what to expect in cataract surgery recovery. There are minimal restrictions, even immediately after cataract surgery. You will be using antibiotic and anti-inflammatory eye drops for a few weeks to aid in the healing process. Standard post-op visits are 1 day, 1 week, 1 month, 3 months, and 1 year. Patients are required to have a driver take them home after surgery and drive them to their one day post-op visit. Patients can usually return to work after the first post-op visit. If cataracts are affecting your vision, contact Parkhurst NuVision today to schedule your appointment or call (210) 615-9358.
Modern cataract surgery is often a form of vision correction surgery. In the field of laser cataract surgery, Dr. Parkhurst is one of the leaders in Texas, and he is recognized for his experience, innovation, and success. People who are looking to undergo cataract surgery at a practice in the San Antonio, New Braunfels, Corpus Christi, and Uvalde areas, will find the region’s premier surgeon and facility at Parkhurst-NuVision. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation. Cataract patients throughout the greater San Antonio area now have access to an all-laser, blade-free method of cataract surgery that is revolutionizing one of the most common procedures performed in medicine today, according to eye surgeon Gregory D. Parkhurst, MD, Medical Director and Founder of Parkhurst NuVision, who recently performed the first official LENSAR laser cataract procedure in San Antonio.
Femtosecond laser cataract surgery using the LENSAR laser system offers a reproducible, noninvasive technique to replace the least predictable - and most technically demanding - steps for surgeons during conventional cataract procedures."Our LENSAR laser procedure is truly a technological breakthrough in precision, accuracy and safety for today's cataract patients,” said Dr. Parkhurst, who performed the first LENSAR laser cataract procedure on Daniel Von Brown on Friday, October 24, 2014.
"As the fastest growing femtosecond cataract laser company, we are looking for young, talented ophthalmologists to help the next wave of LENSAR Laser cataract surgeons integrate this technology into their practices. We are thrilled to have Doctor Greg Parkhurst and Parkhurst NuVision as one of our newest Centers of Excellence,” said Nicholas Curtis, CEO of LENSAR, Inc."Now, not only will patients in San Antonio have an opportunity to receive the most advanced blade-free cataract procedure, but ophthalmologists worldwide will have the benefit of visiting Doctor Parkhurst¹s best-in-class practice to observe the LENSAR Laser in action.”
Cataract removal and lens implantation is one of the most common – and successful medical procedures performed today. Each year, more than two million people in the United States have their vision restored through cataract surgery.
The LENSAR combines a state-of-the-art femtosecond laser, non-applanating patient interface, sophisticated software and a host of other unique features that allow Dr. Parkhurst to provide patients a gentle, highly customized cataract surgery with unprecedented precision and accuracy."The LENSAR allows me to perform a more gentle method of cataract surgery because of a more efficient way of fragmenting the cataract and reducing the amount of energy needed to remove the cataract," he said."This results in less overall surgical time and a much healthier post-operative eye in general."
"This femtosecond laser technology allows us to take an already safe procedure and make it even better by adding a new level of precision and predictability that is simply not possible with traditional manual cataract surgery,” said Dr. Parkhurst.
Dr. Parkhurst is among the top 10% surgeons in the world to offer patients the safety, precision and accuracy of the LENSAR Laser System. The LENSAR also makes laser correction of astigmatism now possible with more precise and predictable laser-guided application. In the post-operative recovery period following laser cataract surgery, there is less incidence of swelling and inflammation than with traditional cataract surgery.
"What has been most impressive with the LENSAR system,” said Dr. Parkhurst,"is the advanced imaging this technology gives surgeons. For the first time in medical history, we're able to precisely image the exact location, contour and density of the cataract. LENSAR's augmented reality technology allows us a build a sophisticated 3-D model of the true anatomy of each individual patient's eye.”
The LENSAR laser procedure is surgeon-directed, computer controlled and allows for added precision during surgery. This means patients can return to their normal activities sooner. Cataract development is simply part of the natural aging process and is quite common in everyone over age 50. Cataracts occur when the natural clear lens of the eye becomes progressively cloudy, causing colors to become less vibrant normal vision to become blurred. The only method to treat a cataract is through surgical removal of the body's natural lens and implanting an artificial lens.
According to Dr. Parkhurst, cataract surgery has evolved over the years from a procedure with less than certain outcomes, to an advanced no-patch, no-shot, no-stitch, 10-minute procedure with a swift recovery time."The LENSAR Laser is a perfect match with our state-of-the-art lifestyle lens implants that help reduce or eliminate dependency on prescriptive eyewear following cataract surgery.
The LENSAR Precision Laser System allows Dr. Parkhurst to perform cataract surgery with accuracy up to 10 times greater than is possible with a manual cataract procedure. The reproducibility and accuracy of the LENSAR enhances the positioning of the artificial replacement lens.
Dr. Parkhurst is recognized nationally as an expert and leader in cataract surgery and LASIK vision correction who has helped pioneer new trends in refractive surgery worldwide.
The Refractive Surgery Alliance (RSA) has also recently announced that Dr. Parkhurst has been awarded the RSA President's Award for best-exemplifying the values and mission of the organization at the semi-annual RSA meeting in Chicago, Illinois.
Parkhurst NuVision is one of San Antonio's fastest growing LASIK and cataract centers and was recently recognized as the ‘Cataract Center of Excellence' of San Antonio by LENSAR CEO Nick Curtis. For additional information about this press release, please contact Laura Jackson at 210-615-9358.
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