Is There a Right Time for Cataract Surgery?

cataract surgeon walter john murrell md amarillo tx Cataracts are indicative of the natural thickening of the eye’s lenses that may occur with age. According to experts, as much as 70% of older individuals will develop this condition in one or both eyes. Cataracts cause cloudiness as the lenses lose their flexibility and transparency. This cloudiness, clearly, presents an obstacle to clear, crisp vision. But does that mean that you should have cataracts removed at the first sign of visual distortion? Let’s look more closely at the timing of cataract removal surgery.

Look at your Daily Activities
The ultimate reason to have cataracts removed is to regain an optimal quality of life. So, when assessing the timing of surgery, consider the severity of the yellowing or blurriness that results from cataracts. If you find that you have lost a bit of confidence to participate in activities you once enjoyed, or you cannot do them any longer due to the inability to focus properly, it may be a good time to meet with an experienced ophthalmologist.

It doesn’t have to be that cataract surgery is postponed until you have trouble reading or watching television. Some people find that their cataracts get in the way of their active lifestyle. For the active adult who enjoys physical fitness, skiing, and other outdoor activities, physical performance is a vital aspect in a good quality of life.

Look at your Ability to Drive
Daily activities and driving to two important aspects of independence. Sometimes, daytime activities are no problem at all, but getting around after dark becomes an unpleasant chore. The clouding of the lens from cataracts can create impairment in low-light settings or at night. If you feel distracted or uneasy driving at night, consider how soon you can have your cataracts removed.

Look at your Current Approach
There are methods of intervention that may help patients reduce the effects of cataracts, such as brighter lighting in the home or prescription glasses that reduce glare. If the current approach to vision improvement is not achieving the desired outcome, it would seem that now is a good time to consult with your ophthalmologist about cataract removal surgery.

Are you in the Amarillo area and interested to know more about cataract treatment? Call  806-351-1177 for a consultation with Dr. Murrell.

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This is the latest IOL for Dr. Murrell's cataract practice. The LAL is the first IOL that can be adjusted after the surgery. Dr. Murrell can customize your IOL so that you can have the vision that you desire.

The LAL is a premium IOL which will not be covered under your medical insurance hence will have to pay for this IOL.


What's coming to Dr. Murrell's practice in the next few months.
Embrace with Accutite and Facetite and Morpheus Prime and Morpheus8

Accutite and Facetite: - These are FDA approved cosmetic devices that can melt fat and mildly tighten skin. It requires only a small opening in the skin. The Accutite is for small areas such as the upper and lower eyelids. The Facetite is for the larger areas of the face such as the jowls, neck, and nasolabial folds.

Morpheus Prime and Morpheus 8 - These are FDA approved cosmetic devices that are applied to the skin to tighten the skin and collagen underneath the skin. The Morpheus Prime is for smaller areas smaller areas such as the upper and lower eyelids. the Morpheus8 is for the larger areas of the face. Both Morpheus Prime and Morpheus 8 takes 3 treatments spaced 4 weeks apart from each other.

The Accutite and Morpheus Prime can both be performed to the eyelids to maximize the cosmetic effect. Likewise, the Facetite and Morpheus8 can both be performed to maximize the cosmetic effect.

The Embrace is the device that rungs the Accutite, Facetite, Morpheus8, and Morpheus Prime. These treatments are not covered by insurance. The patient will have to pay for the procedure.

What's New in Dr. Murrell Practice in 2023

Light adjustable IOl (LAL) for Cataract Patients

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