What is a Cataract?
A cataract is a cloudy or opaque area in the normally clear lens of the eye. Vision becomes blurry and colors loose their brilliance. Driving at night can also become difficult. Cataracts remain the leading cause of blindness. In fact, cataracts are so common it’s said that nearly everyone will develop a cataract if they live long enough.
Most cataracts are due to age-related changes in the lens. A cataract may also develop following an injury to the eye or surgery for another eye problem, such as glaucoma. Usually cataracts develop in both eyes, but one may be worse than the other.
Cataract surgery is one of the safest and most effective types of surgery performed in the United States today. Approximately 90 percent of cataract surgery patients report better vision following the surgery. The symptoms of early cataracts may be improved with new eyeglasses, brighter lighting, anti-glare sunglasses or magnifying lenses. But left untreated, cataracts could eventually lead to blindness.
If you suffer from poor vision or think you might have a cataract, make an appointment to have a complete eye exam.
The only treatment for a cataract is to have the clouded natural lens removed and replaced with an implantable IntraOcular Lens, commonly referred to as an IOL. Surgery to remove cataracts is a safe and commonly performed, same day - outpatient procedure. In fact, over 15 million lens implant procedures are performed every year worldwide.
Today, when patients are diagnosed with cataracts many doctors agree that the time to have them treated is when their quality of vision begins to interfere with doing the things they like to do most in life. Thanks to recent advancements in lens implant technology, patients can not only resume doing the things they enjoy most in life, they now have the possibility of seeing like they did when they were much younger, before they became dependent on reading glasses.