Cataracts can affect your quality of life by making reading, watching TV, and seeing your loved ones' faces difficult.

Fortunately, modern cataract surgery can safely restore your vision, and can even give you better focus than you had before cataracts.

We invite you to explore how our board-certified eye doctors at Ohio Vision in Sidney, OH, can restore your eyesight.

What Are Cataracts?


Our eyes contain a clear lens called the crystalline lens, which sits behind the cornea. The lens focuses light onto the retina, and our brains interpret that light as visual images. Cataracts are the gradual clouding of this normally clear lens. They occur as proteins within the lens of the eye begin to break down and clump together, often due to the natural aging process.

The Symptoms of Cataracts

You may be developing cataracts if you notice vision problems such as:

  • Sensitivity to light
  • Increasing difficulty seeing at night
  • Halos around lights
  • Dimmed, cloudy, or blurry vision
  • Frequent changes in glasses or contacts prescription
  • Double vision when looking with one eye

When prescription eyeglasses and contacts don't provide clear vision for cataract sufferers, the only other treatment option is surgery. Our doctors serving West Central Ohio can remove your cataracts and replace your natural lens with an artificial lens to restore your vision.

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What Are the Risk Factors for Developing Cataracts?

Patients who are more at risk for developing cataracts include those who:

  • Are over age 40
  • Have diabetes
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Are obese
  • Have had a previous eye surgery
  • Have had a previous eye injury
  • Smoke
  • Drink excessive amounts of alcohol

You may be able to decrease your risk of developing cataracts or slow their development by attending regular eye exams, wearing sunglasses, improving the lighting in your home, avoiding alcohol and nicotine products, and eating a healthy diet.


At Ohio Vision, our board-certified eye doctors are committed to providing patients with effective care and lasting solutions for vision problems. If your cataracts are starting to affect your ability to perform everyday activities, it may be time to have them removed. Dr. Christopher Johnson can perform safe cataract surgery to restore your vision and your ability to read, drive, and see your loved ones.

If you're noticing changes in your vision, the team at our Sidney, OH, ophthalmologist's office can help. We invite you to explore our other locationsfill out our contact form, or call:

(937) 492-8040

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Siera Cornett

Sidney, OH

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Dr. Johnson has revolutionized this practice, with his new technology and thorough exams, eye care has never felt this safe and accommodating. If you or anyone you know needs cataract surgery i would tell anyone and everyone to go here. Completely pleased with staff and doctors. Dr. Schemmel works hand in hand with Dr. Johnson and his calculations and exams are spot on. Highly recommend!!!!

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Michael Gantt

Troy, OH

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This doctor came in and opened his office solely for the purpose of seeing my father when he was not doing well on both the Saturday AND the Sunday of a recent weekend. I do not need to know anything else to know that this is a totally dedicated man and a great human being. There was no "take an aspirin and call me Monday." 

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The Cataract Surgery Timeline

Cataract surgery is a safe and effective procedure that can usually be completed in under an hour. Your surgery at our Sidney practice will involve these steps:
Our board-certified eye doctors can provide you with safe and effective treatment.
Our board-certified eye doctors can provide you with safe and effective treatment.


Your doctor will administer local anesthesia to minimize discomfort. Most patients can remain awake during this procedure, but you can receive additional medication if you're anxious.

Cataract Removal

Your ophthalmologist will make a small incision in the cornea (the dome-shaped front surface of the eye) and use a special tool to gently break up the clouded lens and remove it.

​Replace Lens

Your lens will be replaced with an intraocular lens, an artificial lens that will remain a permanent part of your eye. If you have an eye condition that prevents you from receiving an intraocular lens, glasses or contacts can be used to restore focus instead.
Cataract surgery is generally an outpatient procedure, meaning most patients can return home following treatment. You will have to arrange for someone to drive you.

Our Available Intraocular Lenses

Our offices in Sidney, Bellefontaine, Celina, or Troy, OH, offer two revolutionary intraocular lenses. While standard monofocal lenses only improve distance vision, the lenses we offer improve vision at all distances. Additionally, these lenses can correct astigmatism.

PanOptix Multifocal IOL

The PanOptix® Multifocal IOL is the first and only trifocal lens in the United States. The lens can help patients who perform many up-close tasks but wish to be less dependent on prescription glasses and contacts.

IQ Vivity Multifocal IOL

The IQ Vivity™ Multifocal IOL can improve your vision at all ranges with a lower risk of visual disturbances, such as glares and halos around lights. You may still require glasses for up-close tasks. 

Cataract Surgery Recovery

In the days following your surgery, be sure to use your provided eye drops to prevent infection, don't drive or pick up heavy objects, and avoid putting pressure on your eye. You will be provided a plastic eye shield to wear at night, and you should keep it on for the entire prescribed duration (usually about a week). You may experience vastly improved vision as soon as 24 hours after surgery, but it is normal for vision to be blurry for several days. It may take several weeks to completely heal. During this time, you may experience side effects such as:

  • Discomfort
  • Itchiness
  • Soreness
  • Tearing
  • Difficulty seeing in bright light

Your doctor will let you know when you can resume driving and other tasks based on your follow-up exams.

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Is It Time For Cataract Surgery? Request a Consultation

Have you suspected that it's time for cataract surgery, but have delayed seeking treatment because the idea of surgery is intimidating? The good thing about cataracts is that they're easily treatable, and surgery is safe and highly effective. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmologists, more than 6 million Americans have undergone this very same procedure.

Our offices accept insurance from most providers, allowing you to receive treatment you can afford. If your eyeglasses aren't helping you see and you've noticed symptoms that may signal cataracts, call our practice to request an appointment at our Sidney, Bellefontaine, Celina, or Troy offices:

(937) 492-8040

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Beth Reames

Bellefontaine, OH

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Dr. Johnson is the best!! He took excellent care of a family member who had shingles in the face/eye even when it required after hours direction. You can trust him with your vision, he won't let you down!!

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Virgil Knapke

Sidney, OH

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I am very pleased with the professional services provided by this ophthalmology practice. The doctors and staff members do a great job of explaining treatments and outcomes. Very friendly and helpful in all aspects. Great results.

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What's the Success Rate for Cataract Surgery?

About 90 percent of patients report better vision after cataract surgery.

Slowing the Progression of Cataracts

If you're at risk of developing cataracts or have developed early-stage cataracts, taking certain preventive measures can slow the progression of cataracts:

Quit Smoking

People who smoke are two to three times more likely to develop cataracts than non-smokers. 

Eat a Healthy Diet

A nutritious diet can help improve multiple aspects of your health, including your eyesight. Increase your intake of foods rich in vitamin C such as citrus, and your intake of vitamin E, which is found in dark leafy greens, certain oils, and nuts. 

Get Regular Eye Exams

If it has been awhile since your last exam, meet with one of our doctors to find out how often you should be visiting us. Our Sidney, Ohio-based offices can identify your risk factors and provide the ongoing care needed to protect your vision.

Protect Your Eyes 

UV light can damage the proteins in your eye lens, causing cataracts to develop more rapidly. It's important to protect your eyes with sunglasses or shade from a wide-brimmed hat when going outside into direct sunlight. 

What If I Have Cataracts and Glaucoma?

If you have both cataracts and glaucoma, the doctors at our Sidney, Bellefontaine, Celina, and Troy offices may be able to alter your procedure to treat both concerns at once. During cataract surgery, our ophthalmologist can place the FDA-approved iStent Inject® device in your eye, restoring your eye's ability to drain fluid. This relieves pressure in the eye and controls glaucoma.

"At Ohio Vision, our board-certified eye doctors are committed to providing patients with effective care and lasting solutions for vision problems. "
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Ohio Vision is honored to provide the very best medical and surgical eye care to patients in Mercer, Shelby, Logan, and Miami Counties. Drs. Johnson, and Schemmel are both board-certified and experts in their respective disciplines. We are proud to be affiliated with several prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Medical Association
  • Ohio State Medical Association
  • American Board of Optometry
  • Vision Professionals Boar

To request more information, or to schedule an appointment, please contact us online or call (937) 492-8040.

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