A cataract typically manifests as a cloudy structure on the eye that reduces the amount of light that can pass through to the retina.
Cataracts are some of the most common vision conditions affecting older Americans, and they can even occur in younger patients. Characterized by a clouding of the eye’s natural lens, cataracts lead to the loss of near vision (presbyopia) and the need for bifocals or reading glasses. Since cataracts are progressive conditions, they can ultimately lead to a significant loss of vision – and even blindness – if left untreated. There has been a rapid evolution in cataract treatment over the past few years, which has brought about state-of-the-art procedures designed to eliminate cataracts and improve vision without the need for extensive recovery periods. At New Eyes, our cataract surgeons perform the technique for cataract removal called phacoemulsification, or small incision cataract surgery. We also offer advanced SMART Cataract Surgery and a range of intraocular lens options.
What is a Cataract?
A cataract typically manifests as a cloudy structure on the eye that reduces the amount of light that can pass through to the retina. Millions of people are affected by cataracts. In fact, it has been estimated that more than half of all Americans will have a cataract or will have already had cataract surgery by the time they are 80 years of age. Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness throughout the world. With regular eye exams and early treatment, cataracts can often be successfully removed and threats to one’s vision significantly reduced.
Causes of Cataracts
While cataracts typically develop as a result of the natural process of aging, they can also be linked to an injury to the eye, some types of diseases (including diabetes), smoking, excessive exposure to ultraviolet rays, and even certain medications. Cataracts ultimately cause the eye’s natural lens to become cloudy, impairing its ability to properly focus light.
Symptoms of Cataracts
- Blurry, cloudy, and/or dulled vision
- Sensitivity to light
- A “halo” effect surrounding lights
- “Ghost” images
- Color distortion – a fading or yellowing effect on objects
- The frequent need to change prescriptions for glasses or contacts
- Difficulty seeing at night
- The need for additional lighting in order to see clearly while reading or participating in other activities
- Progressive and significant loss of vision
Cataract Surgery FAQs
The information provided below helps to answer to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding cataract surgery. We welcome you to contact us if there are additional questions you would like answered. And we encourage you to schedule an eye examination and meet with one of our experienced eye surgeons to talk more about your particular eye issues and customize your options. Call New Eyes today!
Am I too old for cataract surgery?
Will I need to get approval from a regular physician before I can have surgery?
What about retinal clearance for patients with history of eye diseases or current conditions?
How exactly do you determine which intraocular lens (IOL) will be most beneficial for my needs?
What are the risks of the procedure?
Are there alternatives to cataract surgery?
Will I need to wear eyeglasses following cataract surgery?
If you would like more information on cataracts, or if you would like to schedule a consultation and eye evaluation here at our practice, please contact New Eyes today.