Trust your eyesight to cataract specialists
Having cataracts is a common vision problem that also presents an opportunity. With aging the eye's lens may cloud and affect vision. By age 75, 70 percent of people will develop cataracts.
The good news is that the clouded lens can be replaced with a prescription lens to correct vision, possibly eliminating the need for eyeglasses completely.
Implanting intraocular lenses (IOLs) is a common eye surgery approved by the Food and Drug Administration in the 1980s. In fact, today cataract surgery is the most common surgery in the world.
While it is a common surgery with a low rate of complications, you want to make sure you choose the best surgeon for the best results. When selecting a cataract surgeon, patients look for a doctor with experience, a high patient satisfaction rating and a state-of-the-art surgical center.
UTMB Health cataract surgeon Dr. Kevin Merkley performs both routine and complex cataract surgeries for patients from the greater Houston/Galveston area. He is a cornea specialist who earns high patient satisfaction ratings.
Helping you choose the best IOL for you
By talking with cataract patients about their expectations and doing thorough evaluations with advanced equipment, the surgeons determine the best lens and prescription for each patient.
- Monofocal lenses offer clear vision at one distance and will require the use of glasses or contact lenses to see clearly at all ranges.
- Multifocal and accommodative lenses enable a person to rely less on glasses and/or contact lenses to see clearly at both near and far distances. UTMB Health surgeons use premium multifocal lenses including the ReSTOR® CyrstaLens® and TECNIS® brands.
- Patients with astigmatism can be treated with the Toric IOL™
- Patients with a history of uveitis or diabetic reinopathy may need special types of lenses.
Dr. Merkley works closely with his patients to determine the best lens option for the best outcome.
Why choose UTMB Health for your cataract surgery?
Dr. Merkley said, "What separates us from the competition is we use the latest technology and strive to provide excellent outcomes. Our doctors and staff are compassionate and dedicated to providing outstanding customer service. We also use the most advanced equipment available."
Expert care, close to home
Patients have the option of doctor appointments at UTMB Health Eye Centers in Friendswood or Galveston. They can choose to have their surgeries at John Sealy Hospital in Galveston or the new Victory Lakes Surgical Center in League City, both UTMB Health facilities.
What should patients expect with cataract surgery?
Dr. Merkley explains to his patients that the eye lens is shaped like an M&M candy. The surgeon opens the shell with a tiny 2mm incision, removes the chocolate and replaces it with a lens. The outpatient surgery takes about 20 minutes. Patients can return to work and other routine activities two days after surgery. Patients rarely experience any pain but may have a scratchy feeling in their eyes for a few days.
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