You Have a Cataract. What’s Next?

Portrait of beautiful young woman trying new glasses in optician store Millions of Americans are living with the dull, clouded vision of cataracts. A cataract is the clumping of proteins on the natural lens of the eye. The accumulation of these proteins hardens the lens and causes clouding. Normally, the lens of the eye is transparent. When clouding begins, colors may appear less vibrant, with somewhat of a yellow tinge. Over time, dullness turns to increasingly stronger cloudiness, like a fog bank over the eyes. The National Eye Institute estimates that approximately half of all Americans will have had a cataract by the age of 80. Most people who have cataracts do not have them removed until later in life. However, with advances in ophthalmic surgery, we are seeing more people seek cataract-removal surgery at a younger age.

About Cataract Surgery

Cataract removal surgery is conducted in the ophthalmologist’s office. Patient comfort is maintained with a local anesthetic, eye drops that numb the eyes.

The surgical procedure is streamlined and does not take very long. Patients are typically back at home within a few hours.

During the procedure, a tiny incision is made to remove the natural lens that has become cloudy and rigid. The capsule of tissue that holds the lens is observed to ensure protein deposits have all been removed. Finally, the new lens, called an intraocular lens or IOL, is placed into the capsule. A small stitch may be inserted to secure the new lens.

Cataract Surgery Decisions to be Made

  • First, a patient must find an ophthalmologist who has experience performing cataract-removal surgery.
  • Visits with this doctor will provide the detailed information needed to decide when to have cataract-removal surgery.
  • When surgery is the next step, the ophthalmologist will discuss options for lens replacement. A variety of intraocular lenses are available today, some of which have vision-correcting qualities.
  • Before surgery, the potential risks and expectations of surgery are discussed. All patient questions are answered.

Cataract removal surgery takes out the clouded lens and puts a transparent lens back in its place. In many cases, patients who undergo cataract removal surgery not only see more clearly but also have less of a need for eyeglasses.

Learn more about cataract removal and what this procedure can do for you. Schedule a visit to our Amarillo office at (806) 351-1177.

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7411 Wallace Blvd
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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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