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Christenbury Eye Center Recognizes Cataract Awareness Month with Complimentary Educational Materials for Early Detection

Charlotte, NC (PRWEB) June 13, 2013 – Prevent Blindness America has announced that June is Cataract Awareness Month and Christenbury Eye Center, a premier vision correction clinic in Charlotte, North Carolina, is educating the community about the causes, symptoms and treatment of cataracts. During the month of June, Christenbury Eye Center welcomes the community to stop by the office to receive a complimentary cataract information packet with educational materials to help identify the symptoms and treatment with cataract surgery.

Cataracts are a common condition, experienced by more than 22 million people in the U.S. over the age of 40 and that number will grow to 31 million by 2020. A cataract forms when the lens in the eye becomes cloudy, making vision blurry. Cataracts are painless and worsen over the years; they can be slowly progressive, but in some cases, cataracts can worsen in a matter of months.

The natural crystalline lens of the eye is located behind the pupil and is clear when young. With age, the lens fibers thicken and scatter light. Then, the lens blurs vision and eventually becomes opaque. Symptoms of cataracts include:

  • Night vision glare and halos
  • The need for brighter light while reading
  • Frequent changes to your prescription glasses or contact lenses
  • Glare in sunlight
  • Loss of ability to see color
  • Cloudy or blurry vision
  • Double vision
  • Difficulty reading street signs

Cataracts are very common in people age 40 and over. Cataracts are often slowly progressive and some of the first symptoms are glare and difficulty with night vision.

“Some patients have given up night vision entirely by the time cataracts are diagnosed,” says Dr. Christenbury. “A quickly progressive cataract with blurring of vision just over a few months is sometimes seen in the young, diabetics or patients taking steroids.”

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“Some patients have given up night vision entirely by the time cataracts are diagnosed…”

The treatment for cataracts includes the removal of the cataract and replacement with an artificial lens. Often vision is corrected at the same time by replacing the cloudy lens in the eye with a new lens. Today, even astigmatism can be corrected during cataract surgery. Cataract surgery has come very far throughout history. This surgery is the most commonly performed outpatient procedure and takes only 10 minutes with mild sedation without sutures or stitches.

Now, patients may choose modern lens implants to be placed during the procedure. For example, the Toric® lens corrects distance and astigmatism, and a multifocal lens, such as ReSTOR®, eliminates reading glasses. Lasers, such as the Catalys® Laser are now available for cataract surgery. The use of these lasers increases precision and accuracy, while making surgery safer by decreasing healing time and quickening vision recovery.

With modern technology most patients can have cataract surgery earlier with excellent results. Certainly, most patients would have cataracts removed in order to avoid losing their driver’s license and continue driving at night.

To receive a complimentary cataract surgery information packet, stop by Christenbury Eye Center at 3621 Randolph Road, Charlotte, NC 28211, or call (877) 702-2020 to schedule a free consultation. For more information, visit the Christenbury website or Facebook page.

About Christenbury Eye Center

Dr. Jonathan Christenbury established Christenbury Eye Center in 1987 and is known for his groundbreaking work in vision care. For more than a decade he has consistently been one of the first surgeons in the Carolinas to perform many pioneering vision care procedures including LASIK, Visian ICL, and ReSTOR.

Dr. Christenbury has performed more than 15,000 cataract surgeries since 1987. He performed the first LASIK procedure in the Carolinas in the early 1990s and since that time has performed more than 75,000 laser vision correction procedures. He also performed the first IntraLASIK procedure on the East Coast in 2002 and the first WaveFront Customized IntraLASIK in the Carolinas in 2005. In the Spring of 2005, he  was the first Carolinas eye surgeon to perform the ReSTOR procedure, used both for the treatment of cataracts and for Presbyopia, eliminating the need for reading glasses and bifocals. Today, Dr. Christenbury is the most experienced ReSTOR surgeon in the United States.

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