Cataracts

Same Day Cataract Consults

Temas Eye Center services patients from Winston Salem and many surrounding communities. As a service to our patients who travel a long distance to see us, we offer same day cataract consults. Patients can have their pre-operative exam, testing, and surgical counseling all completed in one visit. Please ask your Optometrist to schedule you for a same day consult, or ask our staff when you call in to schedule an appointment.


What is a cataract?

Cataracts are the leading cause of poor vision in adults. Cataracts can occur at any age. They may be present at birth or may develop as a result of injury, disease or the normal aging of the eye. A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens of the eye, which is located behind the pupil. The clouding blocks the passage of light through the eye to the retina. As a result, the retina receives a blurred image, which it transfers to the vision center.

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What are the symptoms of a cataract?

People with cataracts often describe their vision as being blurred, distorted, or hazy. Following are some other common symptoms:

  • Halos or glare around lights
  • Double vision
  • Frequent changes in glasses prescription
  • Difficulty driving at night
  • Decreased color preception
  • Difficulty reading small print

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How are cataracts diagnosed?

A cataract can be diagnosed during a regular eye exam. Using special instruments, the doctor can determine the size, type and location of the cataract. Other tests may be done that measure sensitivty to glare, color vision and contrast sensitivity. This type of exam can be done by an Optometrist or an Ophthalmologist.

How are cataracts treated?

A cataract cannot be treated by eye drops, herbs, medication, or a change in diet. Once cataracts form, the only way to restore clear vision is to surgically remove the cataract and insert a replacement lens.

When should cataract surgery be performed?

A cataract often takes months or years to develop. When loss of vision begins to interfere with your daily activities and your quality of life, you should discuss cataract surgery with your  Winston Salem eye doctor.

How safe is cataract surgery?

Dr. Temas introduced numerous advanced cataract and implant surgeries to Winston Salem and the Triad area. Their modern techniques have reduced the complication rate from over 50% in the 1980's to less than 5% today.

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Featured Testimonial:

I couldn't have asked for better treatment or outcome.  The staff at both your office and the surgical center are superior by every measure.  They are professional, knowledgeable and respectful of all patients.  It was almost a fun experience!  Although the cataracts in both eyes had impaired my vision, the thought of eye surgery was scary.  But - my fears were all for "naught" - it was such a quick, PAINLESS procedure, I wondered why I had waited so long!

- Carol V.