A cataract is the gradual clouding of the natural lens inside the eye that can impair vision. More than half of all Americans age 65 and older have cataracts in their eyes.
Cataracts occur when there is a buildup of protein in the lens that makes it cloudy. This prevents light from passing through a normally clear lens, causing some loss of vision.
The chance that you will develop cataracts:
·50% of Americans ages 65+ have some clouding in their eyes.
·70% of Americans ages 75+ have cataracts that impair their vision
Possible symptoms of a maturing cataract
·Difficulty seeing at night·Colors appear faded or yellowish
·Frequent changes in prescription
·Halos or glare from sunlight, headlights or lamps
·Need for brighter reading light
Treatment For Cataracts
A series of tests will be performed by your ophthalmologist. An eye exam will be given to test how well you can see. Bring your glasses to your visit and a current list of any medications that you are taking. Your ophthalmologist will dilate your pupil in order to examine the condition of the lens and other parts of the eye.
If you suffer from vision loss that impairs your daily life, you may be a candidate for cataract surgery, which involves removing the clouded lens and replacing it with a clear implant made of an acrylic material, silicone, or PMMA.
During cataract surgery, the affected lens is removed and replaced by a lens implant. There are
different surgical techniques used to remove the lens.
After the cataract is removed, it is usually replaced with a new, man made lens called an intraocular lens.
Despite claims by the manufacturer of Similasin eyedrops, there is no effective non-surgical treatments for cataracts.Even if your natural lens is replaced with an intraocular lens, you probably will need a new eyeglass prescription. Ask us about the new ReStor and Toric lens options; in most cases these premium lenses will eliminate the need for glasses (for distance or near) following the surgery. Cataract surgery is usually done as an outpatient basis in an operating room under local anesthesia. We are not allowed to operate on both your right and left eye at the same. We will schedule one eye at a time; primarily the eye with the worst vision will go first.
Vision is usually improved within a few days after cataract surgery. Maximum improvement is usually achieved when new glasses are prescribed, several weeks after cataract surgery.
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