When Cataracts Aren’t the Only Problem

Cataract Surgery Amarillo TX 52% of patients with cataracts also have astigmatism or farsightedness. Conversely, nearly all of us are at risk of developing presbyopia, or nearsightedness, at some point. For the person who has cataracts, the risks of these other two conditions do not go away. In fact, a fair number of people who get treated for cataracts also have some degree of farsightedness or nearsightedness – or both – at the same time. This might sound like bad news, but it presents us with an excellent opportunity to address all three in one procedure.

Cataracts develop on the lens of one or both eyes when protein particles accumulate and form a clump. As this island of protein particles expands, vision progressively grows cloudier. It may become difficult to differentiate between colors. Reading and performing other tasks also become challenging. The choice to have cataracts removed is very personal and not dependent on any factor other than a desire to see more clearly. Cataracts do not cause blindness. Once they are removed, the visual field is cleared of its perpetual fog. However, that doesn’t mean it will be clear.

When presbyopia and astigmatism coincide with cataracts, these conditions may be corrected alongside cataract removal. Dr. Murrell can do this because a number of intraocular lenses, or IOLs, have been developed to replace the natural lens in a way that also accounts for the vision error.

There are a variety of IOLs that are popular today, though some more than others. While there are lenses that can provide better visual clarity at all distances, the standard IOL continues to lead the pack. A standard IOL clears the visual field of fog and also corrects one focal point. This could be distance or near but is usually selected for distance. This means patients continue to need reading glasses.

Premium IOLs like the Symphony Toric lens offer more clarity at all distances and can correct astigmatism. Though near distance is improved with a Toric lens, many patients do still need to use weak reading glasses for up-close tasks.

Explore your options for cataract removal with vision correction. Call our Amarillo office at (806) 351-1177.

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7411 Wallace Blvd
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Amarillo Cataract & Eye Surgery Center

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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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