COVID-19 Update!

As we continue to learn about COVID-19 and adjust/transition accordingly, we are happy to announce we have resumed regular physician and clinic schedules! Please call us to set up your next eye exam .

For all appointments, patients are REQUIRED to wear a protective face covering. Only the patient will be admitted entrance into clinics, unless assistance is needed for mobility reasons. Caregivers and family members will be asked to wait outside during the appointment, please, no children.

Our in-clinic pre-screen questions are as follows, if you answer YES to any of the following questions, we kindly ask you call to reschedule your appointment..

1. Have you had a fever in the last two weeks?
2. Have you experienced a cough, shortness of breath, or a sore throat in the last two weeks?
3. Have you experienced loss of sense of smell or taste in the last two weeks?
4. Have you had any exposure to a known COVID case?

Stay well and safe,
Hines Sight Staff

Understanding Cataracts & Effects on Your Vision 

Is your vision foggy or blurry? Do colors appear dull or not sharp? Do your eyes hurt when you go out in the sun? If you answered YES to these questions you may be experiencing cataracts.

A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s naturally clear lens. When the natural lens experiences this clouding effect, vision quality is diminished. Many people describe this sensation as looking through a foggy car window or a piece of wax paper. Some times a cataract will make nighttime vision worse, making driving more difficult. For some, bright lights make the vision worse. For others, cataracts can cause reading vision to worsen.

The lens in your eye is responsible for focusing light rays on the retina, which is the part of the eye that senses light and transmits these images to the brain. When the natural lens becomes cloudy, light rays cannot pass through it and vision becomes blurry. As the cataract develops it becomes increasingly difficult to see. Developing cataracts is part of the normal aging process. It has been stated by many an eye doctor that if you live long enough you will develop cataracts.

example of vision with and without cataracts

What causes a cataract?

Cataracts are caused mainly by age, trauma, heredity, and exposure to ultraviolet radiation. Cataracts can also occur as a result of eye disease, after the use of certain medications, or as a result of medical conditions such as diabetes.

  • Getting Older - Age is a major cause of developing cataracts.
  • Birth defect like abnormal conditions in the eyes of unborn babies
  • Environmental factors such as disease, toxic chemicals, medications
  • Accidents or Injuries
  • Exposure to ultraviolet light
  • Cigarette Smoking

Remember that having cataract is very normal. Most cataracts happen naturally as part of the aging process. Rest assured that today's cataract surgery has come a long way since the 1970s and the days of long hospitalizations are gone. 

Choosing a Denver cataract surgeon can still be difficult if you are not properly educated about what is a cataract and how this cataract is removed. Although cataract surgery is one of the most performed surgeries today, it is serious surgery and you will need a surgeon with credible experience and a strong knowledge of lens implantation. Cataract surgery is the only way to remove a cataract and restore clear vision. The doctors at Hines-Sight, experts in cataract surgery, will recommend cataract surgery when the cataracts begin to limit your activities. 

What do I need to know prior to cataract surgery? 

  • When do I need to remove my cataracts?
  • What is the cataract surgery process?
  • What type of lens implant should be used in surgery? (Discuss vision after cataract surgery with our cataract surgeons)
  • What are the differences between monofocal and multifocal lenses? 
  • What happens after cataract surgery? Will I get a schedule for eye drops?
  • Is it possible to see without glasses after cataract surgery? 
The team at Hines Sight

Hines Sight

The team at Hines Sight works together to provide the greater Denver, CO, area with the best possible experience. Our doctors are affiliated with professional organizations including:

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Osteopathic Association
  • American Osteopathic College of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • International Society of Refractive Surgery
  • Sigma Sigma Phi Osteopathic Honors Society

Schedule your consultation by contacting us online or calling us at (303) 777-3277.

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