Cataract care at our office is a combination of regular eye examinations to identify how much a cataract is affecting your vision, and working with one of the best cataract eye surgeons in the United States when it is time to remove it.
Cataracts are a normal part of the aging process. The older you are, the more likely you will have a clouding of the clear lens of your eye. About half of Americans ages 65-74 have cataracts. Premature cataract development can occur from eye injuries, certain diseases, or medications. There can also be a family tendency towards cataracts at an earlier age.
Cataracts develop independently in each eye so one eye usually will be slightly worse than the other, or even only present in one eye. Most cataracts evolve slowly and don't disturb your eyesight early on. But with time, cataracts will eventually interfere with your vision making it difficult to read or drive a car – especially at night. At first, stronger lighting and eyeglasses can help you deal with cataracts. But if impaired vision interferes with your usual activities, you might need cataract surgery. Fortunately, cataract surgery is generally a safe, effective procedure.
Click here to visit the Mayo Clinic website to read more about cataract care.
For patients who require surgery for cataract removal, we work with Pittsburgh cataract surgeon and corneal specialist Robert C. Arffa, MD.
Dr. Robert Arffa is a nationally recognized corneal surgeon specializing in cataract surgery and laser vision correction. He was selected by his peers as one of the “Best Doctors in America” for several years and one of the “Top Doctors in America.” Locally, he has been recogized by Pittsburgh Magazine as a "Best Doctor." In addition to his cataract specialty, Dr. Arffa serves as Medical Director of TLC Laser Vision Centers and Medical Eye Bank of Western Pennsylvania. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh, and has authored a widely used textbook on diseases of the cornea, along with numerous research studies and reviews.
Dr. Arffa is board certified and has proudly served the greater Pittsburgh community since 1986. He graduated from Cornell University in 1975 and received his Doctorate of Medicine in 1979 from the University of Connecticut. He completed his residency in Ophthalmology at Indiana University in 1984 and his fellowship in Cornea and External Disease at Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans in 1986.