Who Is At Risk of Developing Cataracts?

Senior grey-haired woman wearing elegant shirt standing over isolated white background doing ok gesture with hand smiling As we age, we might get used to a variety of changes to our physiology. We get used to relying on “readers” to read the small print on labels. We might find halos and glares around lights “normal.” Because the body and brain are so used to adjusting to new stimuli, we might miss the clues that our eyes could use some extra care. Cataracts are one of those conditions that should be under the care of an ophthalmologist. If you develop this condition, it does not mean that you need to receive care (surgery) immediately. Having cataracts does not mean that you are at risk of permanently losing your eyesight. However, cataracts WILL diminish your visual clarity bit by bit. At the point of your choosing, which is hopefully before your quality of life is severely impaired, you will want to schedule a simple procedure to remove cataracts.

What are Cataracts?

A cataract is the formation of a clump of proteins on the lens of an eye. Most often, only one eye develops this condition at one time. This is not to say that only one eye ever will, nor that having cataracts in one eye means having them in both. Cataracts are known to cause clouded vision, the sensation of looking through a fog or through a dirty window. While clouded vision is the most recognizable symptom of cataracts, this condition may also cause changes in color perception, with once-vibrant colors appearing duller. Cataracts may also be the root cause of consistent and frequent changes to eyeglass prescriptions. When cataracts are forming, a person may become sensitive to bright light or may experience new irritation while wearing contact lenses.

Who Is At Risk of Developing Cataracts?

Millions of people around the world develop cataracts. It is estimated that approximately one in six Americans over age 40 is in some stage of cataract development. Various factors can contribute to the risk of cataracts development. These include aging, certain medications, diabetes, smoking, steroid use, and sun exposure (wear sunglasses!).

How Are Cataracts Diagnosed?

As you might suspect, if you are experiencing symptoms that involve one or both eyes, you should see a doctor. An ophthalmologist is a specialist who has years of training and experience diagnosing and treating conditions and diseases that can degrade vision. This ensures that symptoms are thoroughly evaluated in their earliest stages, provided that care is sought right away. If your vision has become more blurry or cloudy, now is the time to consult a board-certified ophthalmologist. Cataract surgery has advanced a great deal in recent years. Today, a brief, painless procedure can restore clearer, crisper vision.

To explore your cataract treatment options, contact our Amarillo office at (806) 351-1177. We look forward to meeting you!

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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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