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If cataract symptoms affect your everyday activities or keep you from doing the things you love, our eye care specialists (ophthalmologists) can help.

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At the University of Missouri Health Care’s Mason Eye Institute, we offer the most advanced care for cataracts in central Missouri. Our eye care specialists are among the most highly trained, experienced doctors in the region. We’re one of the only centers in the state to offer bladeless cataract surgery — today’s most innovative approach.

When you choose MU Health Care, the same doctors who care for you are also educators and researchers at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. That’s important for you because it means your ophthalmologist uses the latest, safest ways to improve your eyesight. Your care team has access to all the research capabilities and technology found only at an academic health center, which includes clinical trials.

Complete care for cataracts

We use advanced equipment in our visual electrophysiology lab to diagnose cataracts. Whether you need a new eyeglass prescription, which you can easily fill at one of our on-site Mizzou Optical retail stores, visual aids to enhance your eyesight, or cataract surgery, you’ll find it at MU Health Care. We offer complete services to improve vision and your quality of life.

Your doctor will talk with you about your choices and suggest a custom treatment plan that takes into account your lifestyle and what’s important to you.

Cataract surgery

Cataract surgery is one of the most widely performed, successful surgeries in the U.S. Our ophthalmologic surgeons use the latest methods and eye surgery technology to offer you the highest level of care.

During this outpatient procedure, your eye surgeon will remove your eye’s cloudy natural lens and replace it with an artificial lens, called an intraocular lens (IOL). At MU Health Care, we offer standard and bladeless laser cataract surgeries — both are safe and effective. Our eye surgeons have done thousands of these procedures, so you can count on a very experienced team.

Innovative bladeless cataract surgery

Our eye surgeons are among only a few in the state who are experts in doing laser cataract surgery, a groundbreaking new technique. We use very sophisticated laser surgery equipment that helps make surgery more precise and allows your doctor to tailor surgery to your exact needs — something that’s not possible with standard methods.

After the cataract is removed, your surgeon can measure your eye during surgery and be more exact about where to place the new lens. Being able to do this lets your surgeon make tiny changes and modify the new lens to give you the best possible vision.

Unlike manual cataract surgery, the laser emits pulses in femtoseconds, which are extremely small units of time. This speed reduces heat and improves patient comfort. This surgery is minimally invasive, which reduces recovery time and allows tissue to heal more promptly.

Based on your condition, your surgeon can use:

  • Standard lenses. These monofocal lenses focus on a single distance (near, intermediate or far). They can be used to correct nearsightedness or farsightedness, but not astigmatism.
  • Premium lenses. These special lenses can focus on more than one distance. That means they can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism all in one surgery. They may be able to keep you from needing glasses after surgery.

Talk to your doctor to learn more about eye and vision treatments and find out what’s right for you.