Eye Health

Cataracts: Surgery, Symptoms, and Causes

Cataract

What Is a Cataract?


Cataracts are a common cause of vision loss after the age of 55. A cataract is a disease of the eye that results in the clouding of the lens found inside the eye. Cataracts prevent the formation of clear images and cause your vision to appear foggy or cloudy. This clouding can cause mild, moderate or even severe blurred vision over time. Cataracts tend to be associated with aging, typically occurring later in life, as the lens structure within the human eye changes. Structural changes of the crystalline lens fibers over a life time lead to the development of the cataract and loss of transparency, causing impairment or loss of visual clarity.

During the evaluation of your eye health, our doctors will carefully examine your lens for signs of cataract formation. If a cataract is detected and the clouding is causing significant visual disruption, the optometrist will refer you to a trusted and respected surgeon for cataract surgery, which is the only known cure for cataracts. Our doctors will be there for you providing pre and post cataract surgery care. Cataract surgery is the removal of the natural lens of the eye that has developed an opacification, which is referred to as a cataract. During cataract surgery, a patient’s cloudy natural lens is removed and replaced with a synthetic lens to restore the transparency of the lens and vision clarity.

Cataract surgery is generally performed by an ophthalmologist (eye surgeon) in an ambulatory (rather than inpatient) setting, in a surgical center or hospital. Local anesthesia (either topical, peribulbar or retrobulbar) is used, causing little or no discomfort to the patient. Well over 90% of operations are successful in restoring useful vision, with a low complication rate.

EMERGENCY EYE CARE

We will make every effort to accommodate patients with red eyes, painful eyes, ocular foreign bodies, sudden vision changes, sudden floaters or flashes of light. Please call our office to book an appointment as we dedicate certain appointments only for ocular emergencies.



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