Cataract Specialist

Dr Edward T Washington, Eye Doctor Norcross GA at Peachtree Corners Eye Clinic

Board-certified ophthalmologist and cataract surgeon Dr. Washington of Peachtree Ophthalmology, located in Peachtree Corners, Georgia, is trained in the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating cataract patients in Norcross, Alpharetta, Roswell, Johns Creek, and the surrounding areas.

Call 770-285-7910 to book an appointment.

He is experienced in laser surgery for the treatment of cataracts. With expertise in advanced cataract removal surgery, he delivers outstanding outcomes, restoring clarity and vision for his patients. If you are looking for a cataract surgeon near me, schedule your consultation today at Peachtree Ophthalmology to get a clear vision.

Why Choose Dr. Washington As Cataract Surgeon?

Member of American Academy of Ophthalmology

Dr Washington is a member of the prestigious American Academy of Ophthalmology. The American Academy of Ophthalmology is the world’s largest association of eye physicians and surgeons- a global community of 32,000 medical doctors.

Intentional & Personal Treatment

Our practice believes in intentional and personal eye care. We are dedicated to the education and comfort of our patients to assist them in making knowledgeable decisions regarding their overall health and eye care.

Care Through Fostering Strong Relationships

We provide intentional care through fostering strong relationships with community healthcare providers, recruiting compassionate staff, and empowering employees. We were founded on the belief in the unlimited potential of the neighborhood practice.

A cataract is formed when the natural crystalline lens inside of the eye becomes cloudy, foggy and less transparent. The natural lens loses its ability to focus light on the retina. The proteins inside of the natural lens develop structural abnormalities, pigment changes, and becomes more rigid causing scattering of light onto the retina, causing blurred vision.

Most cataracts are due to the natural aging process hence the term “age-related cataracts”, but there are secondary causes of cataracts and risk factors that can accelerate the development of cataracts listed below.

  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Steroids 
  • Smoking 
  • Alcohol
  • UV light
  • Trauma
  • Prior eye surgery
  • Systemic disease (Atopic dermatitis, Myotonic dystrophy, Neurofibromatosis)
  • Radiation
  • Generics

Symptoms of cataract include the following:

  • Blurry vision (distance and/or near)
  • Glare & halos (around car headlights or street lights)
  • Difficulty driving at night
  • Decreased contrast sensitivity
  • Decreased color sharpness
  • Double vision in one eye
  • Difficulty with reading 
  • New glasses prescription does not help
  • Increase in near-sightedness “second sight” (ability to read without glasses)

Cataracts are diagnosed with a dilated eye exam or comprehensive eye exam

A preoperative exam consists of a comprehensive eye exam with some extra steps to prepare for cataract surgery.

HISTORY

The following infomation will be gathered during the exam.

  • Chief Complaint (CC),
  • History of Present Illness (HPI),
  • Past Medical History (PMHx),
  • Past Ocular History(POHx),
  • Past Surgical History (PSHx),
  • Medications,
  • Allergies.

PATIENTS WHO WEAR CONTACT LENSES

  • Patients who wear soft contacts will need to be out of the lenses for 3 to 7 days.
  • Patients who wear hard contacts will need to be out of the lenses for 3 weeks.

EYE EXAM

  • Autorefraction
  • Visual Acuity testing
  • Glare Testing
  • Eye Muscle, Pupil Response, Eye Pressure, Confrontational Visual Field testing 
  • Slit Lamp Exam  and Dilated Fundus Exam 
  • Optical Biometry 
  • Corneal Topography
  • A-scan Ultrasonography
  • Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)

The treatment for cataracts is surgery which means removal of cataracts and placement of an intraocular lens.

PHACOEMULSIFICATION CATARACT SURGERY

Traditional cataract surgery involves the use of a blade to make one to two incisions into the cornea. This gives surgeon access to your cataract. Then the surgeon manually removes the anterior capsule (outer layer or wrapping paper of the cataract). Lastly the surgeon uses the phaco-ultrasonic hand device to fragment the lens in tiny pieces for easy removal.

FEMTOSECOND LASER CATARACT SURGERY

The surgeon uses femtosecond laser technology to make anterior cornea incisions, remove the anterior capsule (outer layer of cataract), soften the cataract lens, fragment the cataract lens, correct astigmatism with corneal incisions. The ultrasonic device is still used for final removal of cataract. The use of femto-laser can decrease the amount of ultrasound energy used to fragment and emulsify the cataract lens which can potential improve postoperative visual recovery.

The typical goal for cataract surgery is emmetropia, basically an eye with no refractive error. Usually, doctors aim for emmetropia or slightly myopic (-0.25 D to -0.50D) since it is well tolerated. Patients will usually need reading glasses after surgery.

Sometimes there are patients that want to be nearsighted, typically (-1.50D to -2.00D) depending on daily activities, after cataract surgery and prefer to wear glasses for distance.

Monovision: Patients who had previous refractive surgery or contact lenses where their dominant eye was corrected for distance and their non-dominant eye was corrected for near. Usually patients do not require glasses.

Some patients do not want glasses after surgery which may require a special intraocular lens known as a multifocal lens. Intraocular surgery involves placement of an artificial lens inside the eye.

TYPES OF ARTIFICIAL LENSES

  • Monofocal Lens: A lens with one focus point usually far distance. Patients will need glasses after surgery either for reading or distance vision depending on chosen focus point.
  • Toric Lens: An astigmatism corrective lens used to decrease/reduce post operative astigmatism after surgery.
  • Multifocal Lens: A lens with multiple focus points: distance, intermediate and near. Patients do not require glasses after surgery. These lenses are not covered by insurance and are out of pocket.

EYE PROTECTION

After cataract surgery, patients are typically discharged from the facility with an eye shield, sometimes an eye patch, and surgical sunglasses.

EYE DROPS

Patients typically have one to three eye drops depending on the surgeon and facility protocols. These drops can include the following:

  • Antibiotic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Steroid
  • Eye Pressure Lowering
  • Combination Eyedrops (Antibiotic + Steroid + Anti-inflammatory all in one)
  • No Drops (if the patient had dropless cataract surgery)

TRANSPORTATION HOME

Patients need to have a person or home transportation service that will take them home and make sure they arrive home safely.

POST-OP INSTRUCTIONS

Please refer to your specific surgeon for details. Patients will have a post-operative instructions sheet with the drop frequency schedule and activities that should be limited including:

  • Keep the eye shield on until appointment.
  • Do not bend below the waist to pick up objects.
  • Do not swim or have your head underwater.
  • Do not rub or place pressure on the eye.
  • Do not lift anything weighing over 5 lbs.
  • Do not participate in sports or physical activity for a limited duration.

SEEK ATTENTION FOR POST-OP ISSUES

Patients will have a number to call if post-operative issues arise that require attention including:

  • moderate to severe eye pain
  • moderate to severe headache
  • decreased vision or loss of vision
  • severe bloodshot or red eye
  • new flashers or new floaters

POST-OP VISITS

Patients will have one to five postoperative visits and will have changing instructions and allowable activities.

  • Post Op Day 1 (1st eye)
  • Post Op Week 1 (1st eye)
  • Post Op Day 1 (2nd eye)
  • Post Op Week 1 (2nd eye)
  • Post Op Month 1

Testimonials

I had a good experience with my cataract surgery. I recommend Dr. Washington and Peachtree Ophthalmology!!
- Doina Margeanu

How To Contact Us

Our eye clinic is ideally located close to the intersection of Holcomb Bridge Rd and Spalding Dr. Serving Norcross GA, Duluth, Sandy Springs, Roswell & Johns Creek.

Address

4045 Wetherburn Way, Ste 1
Peachtree Corners, GA 30092

Phone & Fax

770-285-7910
770-609-8356

Office Hours

Mon - Fri: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sat & Sun: Closed

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