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Overland Park, KS 66207
Phone: (913) 341-4508

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Cataract ImageMany body parts begin to change as you age, and your eyes are no exception. One of the most common age-related eye changes is the development of cataracts. Although cataracts do not occur exclusively in older adults, they affect approximately half of all Americans by age 80.

What Are Cataracts?

Cataracts occur when the lens of the eye becomes clouded. The lens is a flexible, clear structure of the eye that changes shape to reflect light onto the retina. This allows your eye to focus light rays, transforming visual signals into a clear, sharp image.

As you get older, the tissue forming the lens grows less flexible, thicker, and less transparent. Slight degeneration of the tissue causes cloudy areas to form. As light passes through the lens, these cloudy areas scatter the rays and cause visual distortions. Many people report that having cataracts is like looking through a foggy windshield, as everything looks clouded. This can cause difficulties when driving, reading, and performing other everyday activities.

Age-related cataracts are the most common, but other types may also develop. Cataracts are associated with eye injuries, exposure to radiation, smoking, diabetes, steroid use, and surgery for other eye conditions. Cataracts can also be congenital, causing some babies to be born with cataracts.

Diagnosis of Cataracts

Checking for cataracts is a routine part of your annual vision exam. Your eye care provider will test your visual acuity using an eye chart to determine if you have any visual impairment. The eye doctor may also use a bright light to view your cornea, lens, and iris to note any changes to their anatomy. Small areas of clouding are visible when performing this test. Your eye care provider may also dilate your eyes and examine your lens for signs of cataracts.

Treatment Options

In their early stages, cataracts may cause only minor visual impairment. Using brighter lights for reading or getting an anti-glare coating on your glasses for night driving may be adequate treatments in the early stages. As cataracts grow, however, they can severely impair vision. Your doctor may recommend cataract surgery, in which the clouded lens is removed and replaced with an artificial lens. Like all surgeries, cataract surgery carries some risk of infection or bleeding; however, it is considered a very safe surgery that is routinely performed worldwide.

Clouded vision due to cataracts can be very impairing, so it is important to monitor your eye health. An annual optometry exam will detect changes to your lens that may be early indicators of cataract development.

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Last year, with your help:
• our mobile unit visited 6 area schools and rescue missions
• our doctors performed over 400 free exams 
• our volunteers dispensed over 370 free pairs
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Overland Park Office
5703 W. 95th Street
Overland Park, KS 66207
Phone: (913) 341-4508
Fax: (913) 341-4570

Regular Office Hours:
Mon: 7:30a – 5:00p
Tue:  7:00a – 5:00p
Wed: 8:45a – 6:00p
Thu:  8:45a – 5:00p *
Fri:    7:00a – Noon

Saturday Hours:  8a - Noon

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Gardner Office
315 E. Main Street
Gardner, KS 66030
Phone: (913) 856-6360
Fax: (913) 856-4120

Regular Office Hours:
Mon: 8:45 am – 5:00 pm
Tue: 8:45 am – 5:00 pm
Wed: 8:45 am – 5:00 pm
Thu: 8:45 am – 5:00 pm *
Fri: Closed

Saturday Hours:  8a - Noon
Dec 2

* 1st Thursday of the Month: On the first Thursday of each month we stop and “sharpen the saw” in a full staff meeting. On that day, the Overland Park office opens at 9:30 am and the Gardner office opens at 10:00 am.

Please excuse this inconvenience as we improve serving you, and your families!

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