Cataracts are a result of the clouding of the eye’s natural lens.
When you were born, you had a clear lens that allowed light to pass through without difficulty. With time, the lens becomes cloudy, which causes your vision to become blurry.
Another way to think about cataracts is to think of your lens like a car windshield. When you first drive the car off the lot, the windshield is clean and provides you with a clear view of the road. Over time, dust collects on the windshield, causing your view of the road to be less clear.
What are the symptoms?
For most people, the symptoms come on so gradually that you may not realize that your vision is blurry. You may notice things like you need to turn on really bright lights to read or you may not drive any more in certain conditions (such as at night) because you do not feel safe driving. Others may notice a distortion in their vision or that their vision is blurry even with new glasses.
What is the treatment?
For early cataracts, new glasses with the appropriate glare protection may help. However, there will come a time when even new glasses do not make the vision clear. When conservative measures do not work, we recommend cataract surgery.
What happens during cataract surgery?
The surgery is an outpatient procedure (meaning you do not have to spend the night in the hospital) that will usually take about half a day. While the surgery is not very long, much of that time is spent making sure you are appropriately prepared for the surgery, you are comfortable during the surgery, and that you are safe to go home after the surgery.
During the procedure, we remove your natural lens and replace it with a new lens to provide you with the best possible vision you can achieve.
Can I choose my lens?
Yes. Part of the pre-op discussion will include your vision goals. Once we know what you want, we can talk to you about the appropriate lens. We offer multifocal lenses, toric lenses, and monofocal lenses. We also offer femtosecond laser cataract surgery as well.
Please call or make an appointment for cataract evaluation if you have any questions.