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Cataract Treatment

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What Is A Cataract?

Cataracts form when, as we age. our eyes' lens becomes thicker and less flexible, causing eye tissue to break down and cloud the lenses. As light enters the eye, the lens produces images onto the retina at the back of the eye. As more eye tissue breaks down, the cloudiness (cataract) scatters the light entering the lens, and the images become less sharp, thus blurring vision.

Cataracts generally occur in both eyes at a similar but not identical rate, but they may affect only one eye in some cases. Because cataracts often develop at a slightly different pace, one eye may require cataract surgery before the procedure is necessary on the other eye. Typically, cataract surgeries for both eyes are not performed simultaneously but are scheduled a few weeks apart, correcting the more affected eye first.

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How Do I Know If I Have Cataracts?

If you answer “Yes” to any of these questions, you may be showing early signs of cataracts, or have a cataract already.

  • Is your vision yellowing?
  • Do you see a lot of glare?
  • Are colors changing?
  • Are you having difficulty driving, reading, or recognizing faces?
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Signs and Symptoms of Cataracts

Cataract symptoms often present so slowly that they go unnoticed for a time. During the early onset of a cataract, vision is not significantly affected. Foggy or blurred vision is the symptom most associated with cataracts; other signs that may signal cataract formation include:

  • Difficulty with night vision
  • Blurred or dim vision
  • Light sensitivity or glare
  • Difficulty reading small print
  • Seeing light "halos"
  • Colors appearing to fade or yellow
  • Difficulty distinguishing color shades
  • Double vision in one eye
  • Frequent vision prescription change

Cataracts are part of the aging process. However, some factors may increase the risk of developing them; they include:

  • Family history of cataracts
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • High blood pressure
  • Frequent sunlight exposure
  • Ionizing radiation exposure, such as x-rays or radiation therapy for cancer
  • Smoking
  • Prolonged use of certain medications, such as corticosteroids
  • History of eye inflammation, injury, or surgery
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Types of cataracts:

  • Nuclear cataracts: Cataracts that affected the middle of the eye lens and were characterized by increased nearsightedness at the onset, then a yellowing to browning of the lens that can distinguish color shades difficult.
  • Posterior subcapsular cataracts: Cataracts that typically form at the back of the lens, interfering with the light's path and usually causing reading difficulty, poor vision with bright light, and a halo or glare effect around lights at night.
  • Cortical cataracts: Cataracts in which streaks or wedges begin on the outer lens of the eye and progress to the center of the lens, interfering with light entry and typically causing glare problems.
  • Congenital cataracts: Cataracts which are present at birth often due to prenatal infection in the mother or a congenital medical condition such as rubella, myotonic dystrophy, Lowe's syndrome, or galactosemia.
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Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT ARE THE RISK FACTORS FOR CATARACTS?

By the age of 80, most Americans will have developed cataracts, which occur when your human lens becomes clouded to such an extent that it affects your vision and quality of life. This condition typically occurs with age, but can also result from trauma, disease, and use of certain medications.

HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE A CATARACT?

Typically, we find that a key indicator of cataract development is the introduction of "night halos" or glares in vision. That, coupled with the above signs (difficulty driving and reading or colors appearing less sharp/vivid) may be warning signs of a cataract.

However, the BEST way to know if you have or are developing a cataract is by scheduling a consultation with one of our eye doctors. There, a doctor will run tests to properly assess your vision and whether or not cataract surgery is right for you.

ARE CATARACTS TREATABLE?

Yes! For those who have already developed a formal cataract, typically found in patients ages 60 and above, we recommend modern cataract surgery (see next question).

WHAT IS CATARACT SURGERY?

Cataract surgery is a simple procedure with an excellent success record. The clouded natural lens is replaced with an artificial lens called an intraocular lens (IOL). It is done on an outpatient basis with a topical anesthetic that will make it a painless procedure. One eye is done at a time, with a short healing period in between.After making a very small incision outside your field of vision, your eye surgeon will insert a tiny probe and use ultrasound to break up the clouded natural lens. With suction, the pieces are easily removed, and through the same incision, the IOL is inserted and positioned correctly. You may have a protective shield to wear during sleep for about a week, and your eye surgeon will prescribe eye drops to be used several times each day for several weeks. For best results, it is very important that you follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions exactly.

ARE THERE ADDITIONAL CAUSES OF CATARACTS?

Yes. Although aging is the prime culprit in most cataract cases, there are other causes of cataracts, such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Eye injury
  • Prolonged exposure to radiation
  • Uncontrolled steroid use
  • Lifestyle indulgences (e.g. excessive drinking and smoking)

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