Cataract Surgery
in Detroit, Troy, & Birmingham

Also serving Royal Oak & Clawson, MI

If you have been diagnosed with cataracts or cataracts with presbyopia or astigmatism, there are solutions that will improve your vision and possibly let you live glasses-free for the rest of your life. Our laser eye surgery institute offers multiple solutions for cataract surgery patients in Birmingham.

Learn more about cataracts by reading more of each of the sections below.

Clear Lens

Cataract Forming on Lens

Procedure: Let’s Focus on the Implant

After the cataract (the natural lens of the eye) is removed, an implant (artificial lens or IOL) is put in its place. At the Clavenna Vision Institute we offer and are experienced with all of the various implant choices. Your cataracts specialists at our Birmingham location will help you decide which implant is best for you. View our wide list of available lens implants.

Implant Lens choice: Cataracts and Clarity

  • Conventional, Single-Vision Lens, which is a range of proven, conventional, single-vision lens implants that provide improved vision after cataract surgery. Most people receiving a conventional lens implant require glasses either for near vision, distance vision or both after surgery.
  • TECNIS™ Monofocal Lens is designed to provide safer, sharper vision than conventional lens implants. It is a good option for people who want sharp distance and night vision and don’t mind depending on glasses for near vision.

Cataracts and Reading Without Glasses

Tecnis SymfonyThe Tecnis Symfony multifocal extended range intraocular lens is designed to improve both range and quality of vision. The advanced lens is the first of its kind to provide a full range of continuous high-quality vision, while also helping people focus on near objects. The Tecnis Symfony is a good option for patients who suffer from both cataracts and presbyopia.

Cataracts and Astigmatism

Tecnis ToricThe Tecnis Toric intraocular lens is an advanced IOL that provides stability and precision for patients with astigmatism. The stability of the lens contributes to optimal astigmatism correction. Patients are able to enjoy sharper vision and less dependence on eyeglasses.

New AcrySof® IQ PanOptix®

Clavenna Vision Institute is pleased to announce we are now offering an option for our Cataract patients to have a lens that gives full range of vision eliminating glasses altogether. Click here to learn more.



Advance ORA System for Cataract Treatment in Birmingham

The ORA System provides an on-demand analysis of the eyes during cataract surgery, not possible with today’s conventional measurements and instruments. At any point in the cataract procedure, your surgeon can easily take a measurement, which is then analyzed and used to guide your surgeon’s decision making to optimize your vision. Prior to the ORA System, surgeons have been unable to assess the quality of vision during the procedure, and would have to wait until weeks after the procedure to determine the accuracy of the results. The ORA System measures the eye’s focusing power during cataract surgery so the surgeon knows the results instantly. Then, adjustments can be made during, instead of after, surgery. The ORA System is especially helpful in treating patients with astigmatism and cataract patients with previous LASIK surgery.

Please contact our office to schedule an appointment if you are thinking of having cataract surgery. Birmingham and Troy patients can visit our cataract specialists to learn more about our advanced treatment options.

Patient Testimonial Videos

Isaac Sheppard, Rochester, MI (Cataract Patient)

Ramon Trapiss, Macomb, MI (Cataract Patient)


What is a cataract?
What causes a cataract?
How is a cataract detected?
How fast does a cataract develop?
How are cataracts treated?
When should surgery be done?
What can I expect from cataract surgery?

What is a cataract?

A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens of the eye. It is often compared to a window that has been frosted. Common symptoms of cataracts include: a painless blurring of vision, glare or light sensitivity, poor night vision, double vision in one eye, needing brighter lights to read, or fading yellowing of colors.

The amount of cloudiness within the lens can vary. If the cloudiness is not near the center of the lens, you may not be aware that a cataract is present.
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What causes a cataract?

The most common type of cataract is related to aging of the eye. Most people develop cataracts to some extent after the age of sixty. Other causes of cataract include: a strong family history; medical problems, such as diabetes; a previous injury to the eye; different medications, especially steroids; long-term, unprotected exposure to sunlight, cigarette smoking; and previous eye surgery.
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How is a cataract detected?

A thorough eye examination by our cataract surgery specialists at our Birmingham location, just north of Detroit, can detect the presence of a cataract, as well as any other conditions that may be causing blurred vision.
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How fast does a cataract develop?

How quickly the cataract develops varies among individuals, and may even be different between the two eyes. Most age-related cataracts progress gradually over a period of years.

Other cataracts, especially in younger people and people with diabetes, may progress rapidly over a short time. It is not possible to predict exactly how fast cataracts will develop in any given person.
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How is a cataract treated?

Surgery is the only way a cataract can be removed. However, if symptoms of cataracts are not bothering you very much, surgery may not be needed. Sometimes a simple change in your eyeglass prescription may be helpful. There are no medications, dietary supplements or exercises that have been shown to cure cataracts. To find out if you need cataract surgery, patients in the Troy and Royal Oak areas can visit our clinic in Birmingham for an examination.

Protection from excessive sunlight may help slow the progression of cataracts. Sunglasses that screen out ultraviolet (UV) light rays or regular eyeglasses with a clear, anti-UV coating offer this protection. Some studies indicate that vitamins A and E may help prevent cataracts.
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When should surgery be done?

Surgery should be considered when cataracts cause enough loss of vision to interfere with your daily activities.

It is no longer true that cataracts need to be “ripe” before they can be removed, or that they need to be removed just because they are present.

Cataract surgery can be performed when your visual needs require it. You must decide if you can see to perform your job and drive safely or, if you can read and watch TV in comfort. Can you see well enough to perform daily tasks, such as cooking, shopping, yard work or taking medications without difficulty?
Based on your symptoms, you and our doctor should decide together when surgery is appropriate.
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What can I expect from cataract surgery?

Over 1.4 million people have cataract surgery each year in the United States and most are very pleasantly surprised with both the ease and results of the procedure.

During cataract surgery, which is usually performed under local or topical anesthesia as an outpatient procedure, the cloudy lens is removed from the eye. In most cases, the focusing power of the natural lens is restored by replacing it with a permanent intraocular lens implant or IOL.

You will have to take eye drop medication as your ophthalmologist directs for several weeks. Our doctors will check your eye several times to make sure it is healing properly.

Cataract surgery is a highly successful procedure. Improved vision is the result in over 97 – 98% of cases, unless there is a problem with the cornea, retina, optic nerve or other structures. It is important to understand that complications can occur during or after the surgery, some severe enough to limit vision. If you experience even the slightest problem after cataract surgery, our doctors will want to hear from you immediately.

  • Cataract surgery is one of the most successful and reliable types of surgery. After clear-cornea surgery, and a brief recovery, most people see colors more vividly, see faces clearer and best of all, enjoy all of their daily and recreational activities.
  • The Clavenna Vision Institute performs cataract surgery at TruVista Surgery Center, a state-of-the-art outpatient cataract surgery facility. TruVista is designed and developed to provide Detroit, Troy & Royal Oak cataract surgery patients with the highest quality of patient care in a comfortable, convenient environment. TruVista Surgery Center is located at 230 W. Maple Road, Troy, Michigan.

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What will my recovery be like?

For a successful recovery, patients must apply the prescribed eye drops frequently to help dry itchy eyes and to avoid any scratching or rubbing, which could cause issues during the recovery period. Rubbing your eyes may be temping at times. Cataract patients can be given an eye patch or shield to prevent rubbing or any accidental brushes. Sunglasses can be very helpful whenever you want to go outside. It’s best to keep eyes away from direct sunlight during your recovery time.

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Other Vision Correction Procedures in Birmingham neighboring Detroit, Michigan

The Clavenna Vision Institute, a renowned cataract treatment provider in Birmingham, provides other eye care services for patients who are not suffering from cataracts but seek to repair other refractive errors and improve their vision. With our highly skilled and experienced LASIK specialists on our team, patients can expect to receive superlative care and treatment that allows them to see clearly without the use of eyeglasses or contact lenses.