A cataract is an eye condition that occurs when the eye’s natural lens becomes cloudy. Cataracts are most often caused by natural changes to the eye as we age. However,…
To regain their vision and avoid complete reliance on glasses, many patients opt to undergo cataract surgery to replace the cataract with a lens implant. There’s a broad range of…
A cataract is an eye condition that causes the eye’s natural lens to yellow and/or become cloudy. This makes it more difficult for the patient to see, especially in bright…
Over 24 million Americans over the age of 40 are affected by cataracts. It is a very common eye condition and one that can leave you completely blind if left untreated. There are many treatments for cataracts, including surgical measures that can be taken. The sooner cataracts are discovered and diagnosed, the more treatment options there are available. Here are three warning signs that you might have cataracts.
Cloudy or Blurred Vision
The most common warning sign of cataracts that prompts people to see a doctor is cloudy or blurred vision. You may also experience a dimming of your vision. Any sudden or gradual vision changes should be immediately reported to your optometrist, especially if you are over the age of 40. The cloudy or blurred vision that comes with cataracts usually is an indicator of a more advanced case. (more…)
Cataract Surgery is the most common procedure in the US. However, there is nothing common about your eyes! It’s normal to be a little anxious about surgery. A little information about what to expect can help for sure. Although anesthesia and methods vary across the country, there’s a reason why so many people rate us so highly. Everyone is different so we have many ways to relax you before surgery. Our methods are typically more individualized and advanced than most places. So what we say here may not apply at other places. Here is what you need to know about what to expect after your cataract surgery with us.
The Day of Surgery
At our center the surgery, your time in the operating room is only 5-7 minutes. The total time spent at the center is 90 minutes. We like to say it’s the best happy you have been to. You are relaxed, and no breathing tubes are used. You simply don’t care and are relaxed. Most don’t need an IV and do great with medicine placed under the tongue for two minutes. You will need someone to drive you home. Some will have tape over their eye for 2 hours but most don’t. (more…)
Cataracts are the most common eye condition over age 50. Almost everyone will get a cataract during their lifetime. Guess what the most common surgery in the world is? It’s cataract surgery. It’s also one of the most successful. Cataracts progress slowly so there’s time to plan your best options. Here are some common questions we often are asked about cataracts.
What are Cataracts?
The human lens changes throughout life. Chemical changes first begin to stiffen the lens at age 40 or so. That’s why most adults will need reading glasses or a bifocal. With time, those same chemical changes in the lens gradually make it less clear. The lens becomes more yellow, like stained glass, which makes it more difficult to see through. (more…)
Losing your sharp vision to age isn’t the only threat that your eyes face over time. Cataracts are also a major concern, especially for the elderly. Learn all about cataracts to identify your risk level and seek the treatment you need to preserve as much of your vision as possible.
What Are Cataracts?
A cataract forms when the normally clear lens of the eye becomes yellow or cloudy, making everything appear like it is behind a foggy or frosty window. It’s not a sudden condition, but one that gradually forms until it can no longer be resolved with just eyeglasses and stronger lighting.
On a healthy eye, the lens sits positioned behind the colored iris and works to focus light that passes into the eye. When the lens does this correctly, the membrane on the back inside wall of the eyeball basically functions like the film of a camera to help images become visible. However, as the lens yellows into a cataract, the cataract scatters incoming light and prevents sharply defined images from reaching the retina like it should.
What Are the Common Symptoms of Cataracts?
A cataract can be identified from a few different symptoms, none of which should be ignored or assumed to be insignificant.
- You need to change your eyeglasses or contact prescription
- You see halos around lights
- Increased sensitivity to light and glare
- Double vision
- Cloudy vision
As the cataract grows, the symptoms will become more obvious, until you can no longer ignore them. You may also notice that the natural lens of your eye looking yellow. (more…)
It would be wonderful if vision never faded or changed, but the unfortunate reality is that the majority of adults will experience significant vision problems as they get older. Many of these vision problems are caused by cataracts, the yellowing or clouding of the lense of the eye. Cataracts used to be considered an irreversible condition, but thanks to Crystalens implants, cataract patients now have a second chance at clear vision.
What Are Cataracts?
A cataract forms when the normally clear lens of the eye becomes yellow or cloudy, making everything appear like it is behind a foggy or frosty window. It’s not a sudden condition, but one that gradually forms until it can no longer be resolved with just eyeglasses and stronger lighting. (more…)