Alan W. Brown, M.D.
Richard Dax Hawkins, M.D.

What are Cataracts?
Cataracts are a natural part of aging. A cataract is the leading cause of visual loss and occurs when your clear, natural lens within the eye becomes clouded over time. This can occur in one or both eyes and usually happens very slowly and can be hard to notice at first. Objects appear blurry or dull, glare may be more noticeable while driving at night or in bright sun, small print can be come difficult to read, and even television can be difficult to see. Sometimes however, cataracts can develop very quickly or at a young age.

When should I have my Cataract removed? When a cataract becomes visually significant and intereferes with your lifestyle it is time to talk to your regular eye doctor about its removal. The level of impairment can vary from patient to patient depending on the type of cataract. Some patients may not be bothered by a dense cataract while others find it difficult to function even with the smallest cataract. When you make the decision to have cataract surgery, there are more options then ever before than can get you out of our glasses almost all of the time in some cases. Learn more about our Premium Lenses below.
Lens Options

Until recently most patients having cataract surgery received a monofocal or single focus IOL (Intra-ocular lens) to replace their natural lens. Monofocal or Standard IOLs generally provide good distance vision but many patients require glasses to see clearly at both near and intermediate distances. These lenses also do not correct astigmatism and patients who have significant astigmatism will also need to wear corrective lenses after cataract surgery with a standard lens. Below are some options that are available to become less dependent on your glasses.
Toric Lens
A person who has both a cataract and astigmatism may not achieve good distance vision without glasses after surgery to remove the cataract unless the astigmatism is also corrected. One option Dr. Brown and Dr. Hawkins may choose to treat astigmatism is Limbal Relaxing Incisions (LRI). However if you are planning to have surgery to remove a cataract, you now have an additional option… an implantable lens makes it possible to treat the cataract and correct the corneal astigmatism at the same time. This implant is used to make you less dependant on distance glasses but will do nothing to help you see up close without glasses.
Multifocal Lenses
A multifocal lens is a break-through for cataract surgery with a unique design that has helped tens of thousands see near, far, and everything in between without depending on glasses in most situations. Some patients may notice rings around lights at night with multifocal lenses, but most say that the rings are a small price to pay for the visual freedom that experience with these lenses.

What’s next?
These premium lenses are implanted through a highly refined surgical procedure at either a local hospital or local surgery center. During surgery the aging lens is removed from the eye and replaced with a permanent intraocular lens. New technology and advancements have made this surgery a quick, painless outpatient procedure. Dr. Brown and Dr. Hawkins are known leaders in the field of lens implantation and have already helped thousands of his patients achieve visual freedom. These premium, or lifestyle, lenses require an out-of-pocket expense that insurance does not cover. The surgical counselor will go over the costs in more detail at your Cataract Evaluation.

We make Visual Freedom Affordable at Surgical Eye Care



The future of vision correction is here and the benefit of laser eye surgery is now affordable for everyone. We will try to do everything possible to make your surgery affordable and available to all candidates. 0% Financing is available. Call today for details. We also accept major credit cards and personal checks. Our Surgical Coordinators, Kristin and Sherry, will be happy to assist you in the application process.

As a service to our patients, we are proud to accept CareCredit, the nation's leading patient payment program. With CareCredit you can finance up to 100% of your refractive procedure and there are no upfront costs, no annual fees, and no pre-payment penalties. So, you can schedule your procedure today and conveniently pay with low, monthly payments.

CareCredit offers a full range of No Interest and Extended Payment Plans for treatment fees from $1 to over $25,000.

No Interest Payment Plans

     12 month plan options
     No interest if the balance is paid within the specified time period
     Low minimum monthly payments

With CareCredit there are no upfront costs, no annual fees, no application fees and no pre-payment penalties. It's easy to apply and you'll receive an online decision in seconds! Apply now or see our staff for more details. Call Jamie with any questions: 910-796-8600.

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