Cataracts are a common cause of visual loss. Cataracts are a clouding of the natural lens in the eye; the lens in your eye is normally crystal clear, but when the lens becomes cloudy, it is called a ‘cataract.’ Evidence of cataracts is frequently present from the age of 50, with visually significant cataracts occurring in an increasing percentage of patients with increasing age. Currently there is no medical treatment to reverse or prevent the development of cataracts. When cataracts affect vision, the only way to see clearly again is to have them surgically removed.

Symptoms of Cataracts:

  • Decreased vision that is not corrected by glasses
  • Glare from car headlights at night or from bright sunlight
  • Blurry or dim vision that requires brighter lights in order to read small print
  • A yellowing of the vision
  • Distortion, double images, or ghosting of images

Cataract surgery has undergone tremendous advances. A generation ago, cataract surgery was considered risky, required hospitalization, and was usually delayed for as long as possible. Modern cataract surgery is done as an outpatient and typically takes only 10 to 20 minutes to perform. It is extremely successful in most cases. Like all surgery, there are potential risks and complications which can occur.

Cataract surgery is recommended when:

  • Poor vision affects the quality of life
  • Glasses do not improve the vision adequately
  • Cataracts are found to be the cause, or a significant cause, of poor vision

Evaluation of cataracts includes a discussion of symptoms, visual needs, and a complete eye exam. Once the need for surgery has been established, the eyes are measured with an ultrasonic (sound wave) device to determine the strength of the implant needed to restore good uncorrected vision. If both eyes need cataract surgery, the procedures are scheduled on separate days as a safety precaution.

The surgical procedure is painless, and usually requires no injection, no stitches, and you go home without an eye patch. Once the cataract is removed, an artificial ‘intraocular’ lens is put in its place.

If you want and need better vision for your daily activities, and would like to see more clearly, then schedule a consultation with one of our cataract surgeons today!