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Cataracts cause an overall blurring and haziness of vision. If you have cataracts, it often appears as if everything is out of focus. People with cataracts tend to be very sensitive to bright light and glare.

The Center for Cataract is the hub of Carolina Eye Associates. Each year thousands of patients undergo cataract surgery at Carolina Eye, benefiting from the experience of world-class surgeons rated as America’s best.

Carolina Eye was the first ophthalmic center on the east coast and the second in the United States to offer cataract surgery with the Catalys™ Precision Laser System. Catalys™ combines a state-of-the-art femtosecond laser, advanced 3D Optical Coherence Tomography imaging, sophisticated software and a host of other unique features to deliver a precise, customized procedure and an exceptional experience for patients.

Carolina Eye also offers the ORA™ System Optiwave Refractive Analysis. The OptiPlus™ is a revolutionary new option used during your cataract procedure to optimize your postoperative visual outcomes.

We offer our cataract patients the latest in advanced intraocular lenses (IOLs) which are used to replace the natural lens of the eye during surgery. Traditional IOLs provide patients with good “distance” or good “reading” vision, but not both. The new accommodating IOLs such as the Crystalens give patients the ability to have glasses-free vision from reading to distance vision. Ask your doctor if you are a candidate for this new technology.

Healthy Eye Compared to One With a Cataract

A clear lens is pictured on the left while a cataract is pictured on the right.

At Carolina Eye, we use only the latest and most advanced surgical techniques, enabling our doctors to perform without stitches, needles or even the need for an eye patch to wear home. Our patients call it Comfort Cataract Surgery because they’re able to return to many of their normal daily activities on the same day as their procedure. Because no stitches or needles are used, our surgical techniques take the fear out of having cataract surgery.

Patients with cataracts and mild-to-moderate angle glaucoma should be considered for a minimally-invasive, new technology known as iStent®. Click here for more information.

For more information or to schedule a cataract evaluation call (910) 295-2100 or toll-free at (800) 733-5357 by email at