Cataracts affect nearly 5.5 million people in the United States. A cataract occurs when the eye’s normally clear lens becomes clouded. Unlike what many people think, a cataract is not a film covering the outer part of the eye. This clouding is caused by a clumping of protein in the eye’s lens and can lead to the decrease and eventual loss of vision. It is common for cataracts to develop gradually over time and, if left untreated, cataracts can actually cause permanent blindness. In normal circumstances cataracts occur in one eye at a time, however, it is common for cataracts to affect both eyes over a lifetime. It is crucial to contact your doctor if you are experiencing any vision cloudiness before any permanent damage or additional health complications can occur.
There are a number of different categories of cataracts that depend on age, as well as other factors. Some of the types of cataracts include:
Questions To Ask An Ophthalmologist Prior to Getting Cataract Surgery
Cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed operations, and today you have more options than ever before in choosing which lens implant is right for you.
If you notice that you have blurred vision and have trouble reading, driving at night or doing everyday tasks as simple as watching television, you should schedule an appointment with an eye doctor who can perform an examination.
Additionally, it is critical to be knowledgeable about the qualification of your ophthalmologist, how many cataract surgeries they have done and what other surgeries they specialize in. Our surgeons at CaliCataract are recognized for the excellent quality of their cataract surgeries, as well as their strong commitment to providing their patients the best possible results before, during and after surgery. If you choose the wrong surgeon, you could be making a terrible mistake. You can rest assured that all of the ophthalmologists at CaliCataract are experienced, certified, up-to-date on the modern eye technologies, and well-equipped to handle the needs of every individual patient.
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A cataract occurs when the normally clear lens in your eye becomes cloudy, often impairing vision. Clouded vision may make it more difficult for you to read, drive a car or see as clearly as you once did.
For most people cataracts, which develop slowly over time, are a natural result of aging. About half of Americans between the ages of 65 and 75 have cataracts to some degree.
The key to living with cataracts is knowing when it’s time not to live with them anymore. Usually, this happens when your normal lifestyle — reading the morning paper, driving to the grocery store or seeing the expression on the face of a child or grandchild — is jeopardized by impaired vision. Fortunately, advanced surgical methods make cataract surgery one of the most successful surgical procedures performed today.
Surgery is the most effective treatment for cataracts. More than 95 percent of the people who have cataract removal end up with better vision.
Using microsurgery and local anesthesia, an eye surgeon (ophthalmologist) removes the cataract, leaving much of your eye’s natural lens capsule in place. The capsule helps support the clear artificial lens that the surgeon inserts to replace the cloudy lens. The procedure is usually done on an outpatient basis and takes less than 1 hour. If both eyes are affected, surgery is usually performed on one eye at a time, allowing the first eye to heal before surgery is done on the second one.