What Do You Know About Cataracts?

As common as cataracts are, most people are unaware of important details related to this eye disease. Because we frequently answer questions patients seek a diagnosis for their symptoms, we find it beneficial to also ask “what do you know about cataracts?”

Do You Know

  • That cataracts may develop in one eye or both eyes? This condition is an accumulation of protein deposits that stick to the natural lens of the eye. Over time, more and more tiny protein particles clump together, forming a blanket over the lens.
  • That cataracts account for the majority of preventable blindness? This is true not only in America but around the world. Blindness occurs when the blanket of protein particles on the lens becomes thick enough to obscure vision.
  • The signs of cataracts? At first, when there are few protein clumps on the lens, symptoms may be that colors do not appear as vibrant. This is an easy symptom to miss. As cataracts worsen, it may become difficult to drive at night due to blurriness and seeing halos around lights. Foggy, cloudy vision is indicative of significant cataracts.
  • Your risk of getting cataracts? Do you have a family history of cataracts? You may be at a higher risk than others. Your risk may also be higher if you smoke or consume alcohol, have diabetes or high blood pressure, or have frequently been exposed to sunlight without the protection of sunglasses.
  • That cataract removal is a simple outpatient procedure? Remember we stated that cataracts are the leading cause of preventable blindness. Although it may not be possible to prevent cataracts in every person, the loss of vision caused by cataracts can be restored. Cataract removal surgery is one of the leading eye procedures performed today. It works by replacing the clouded lens of the eye with a clear synthetic lens. The intraocular lenses available today not only restore clear vision but can also correct certain visual errors that make it hard to read or perform other tasks.

You don’t have to know everything about cataracts. Your Amarillo ophthalmologist has the knowledge and experience to help you see clearly again. Call (806) 351-1177 to schedule your consultation to discuss cataract removal.

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Panhandle Eye Group Subspecialists

7411 Wallace Blvd
Amarillo, TX 79106

Amarillo Cataract & Eye Surgery Center

7310 Fleming Ave
Amarillo, TX 79106

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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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