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 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 dark center spot in your eye (the pupil). As the lens clouds,  the passage of light through the eye to the retina is reduced or blocked. As a result, the retina receives a blurred image, which it transfers to our vision center in the brain.

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What are the symptoms of a cataract?

People with cataracts often describe their vision as being blurred, distorted, or hazy.

Common symptoms are:

  • Eye Strain
  • Difficulty reading small print
  • Sensitivity to bright lights
  • Difficulty driving at night
  • Halos or glare around lights at night, especially from car headlights
  • Double vision in one eye
  • Frequent changes in glasses or contact lens prescription
  • Faded or yellowing of colors

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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 clarity. Thorough cataract exams 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 permanent replacement lens. Cataracts do not 'come back' once they are removed.

When should cataract surgery be performed?

Cataracts can 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 eye doctor.

How safe is cataract surgery?

Dr. Temas is know for introducing numerous advanced cataract and implant surgeries to Winston Salem and the Triad area. His more advanced techniques have reduced the complication rate from over 85% in the 1980's to less than 5% today.

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Featured Testimonial:

Thank you for your compassion and care you show to your patients. I could no longer see the colors of the world. They were so cloudy. When you restored my vision--WOW! Thank you!! I am enjoying the flowers. May God bless you and your staff.

- Nancy R.