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Cataract

Symptoms

Cataract symptoms may include:

  • Blurry vision.
  • Lights seem too bright or have a "halo" effect.
  • Double vision in one eye.
  • Decreased night vision - sensitivity to glare from headlights.
  • Dull or fading colors.

The condition involves a gradual clouding of the natural lens of the eye that obstructs light from passing through the retina, resulting in a blurring or dimming of vision. This causes normal activities, such as driving and reading, to become more difficult. Cataracts typically occur more frequently in people over the age of 60, however there are many other factors such as family history, diabetes, long term UV exposure, or certain medications like steroids that can cause cataracts. Also, previous eye injuries can be a contributing factor. Although there is currently no treatment available to prevent or reverse cataracts, cataract surgery can help to restore clear vision. Early on, a cataract may be treated with a change of glasses or contact prescription. Once the cataract begins to interfere with daily tasks such as reading and driving, surgery is the only remaining option.

 

Treatment Options 

Cataract Surgery

During cataract surgery the cataract is removed from the eye using the phacoemulsification technique. Performed on an outpatient basis, our cataract surgeon uses local anesthesia. Utilizing sound energy waves, the cataract is dissolved into microscopic particles. Next, the surgeon will remove the particles from the eye. Cataract surgery requires a small, self-healing incision, the doctor inserts an intraocular lens (IOL), which remains permanently in place of the removed natural lens of the eye. Cataract surgery is a very common procedure, and complications (if any) are rare and treatable. Modern IOLs are designed for various functions and made out of different materials; your doctor will know which is most appropriate for your individual case.