Cataract 

Cataracts occur as part of the normal aging process. Studies show that 80% of people over the age of 60 have some evidence of cataract formation in their eyes. Cataracts can severely reduce your vision. Cataracts were and continue to be a leading cause of blindness in the world. Fortunately today, they can be treated with one of the most rehabilitative operations in the history of the world. Modern surgical

techniques, such as intraocular lens implantation and same day surgery make cataract surgery safe, fast effective,  and virtually painless.

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Cataracts 

 

Cataracts occur as part of the normal aging process. Studies show that 80% of people over the age of 60 have some evidence of cataract formation in their eyes. Cataracts can severely reduce your vision. Cataracts were and continue to be a leading cause of blindness in the world. Fortunately today, they can be treated with one of the most rehabilitative operations in the history of the world. Modern surgical

techniques, such as intraocular lens implantation and same day surgery make cataract surgery safe, fast effective,  and virtually painless.

 

A cataract occurs when the normally clear lens of the eye becomes cloudy. As the cataract develops, the haziness no longer allows the lens to focus light on the back of the eye. This unfocused light causes vision to look blurry or distorted. The development of cataracts has been associated with exposure to ultraviolet radiation. Cataracts are particularly prevalent in persons who spend a lot of time in the sun, such as fishermen. The best thing to do to prevent cataracts is to wear Ultraviolet filtering sunglasses.

 

Different Types of Cataracts and After-Cataract

 

Treatment is needed when decreased vision affects your everyday activities or hobbies. To determine how much your vision is decreased, your doctor should screen you with a new test called glare contrast sensitivity if you are seeing well on the standard Snellen Chart. Contrast sensitivity determines how much your everyday or functional vision has been affected by the cataract.

Cataract surgery, in which the natural cloudy lens is removed, is now a very successful procedure. The most widely used technique is called phacoemulsification and is the world standard.  A very small incision is made and a tiny ultrasonic probe is used to break up the cataract and gently suction it away. A clear membrane is left in your eye called the lens capsule where an intraocular lens is placed (IOL). This IOL is necessary to compensate the focusing power of the natural lens that has been removed. With the insertion of an IOL, there is little need for thick cataract glasses and contact lenses that were used previously.

 

Surgery Procedure

 

Cataract surgery removes the cloudy lens from the eye. Today, the procedure can be accomplished very quickly with no stitches. A topical drop anesthetic is used and the surgeon makes a small incision in the outer covering of the eye. A technique called phacoemulsification is then used to remove the lens via the incision. At least 99% of patients receive an artificial lens implant after the cataract is removed. This lens is called an intraocular lens (IOL) and is made from the same plastic as certain contact lenses, silicone, or acrylamide. In most cases, a specially designed IOL is used for implantation that can be folded and inserted via an even smaller incision. This type of lens is inserted into the eye through an opening only one eighth of an inch wide. Once in the eye, the lens unfolds to its full size. The IOL restores the focusing power of the natural lens. IOLs are an excellent alternative because they are placed permanently in the eye. IOLs do not get lost like glasses or have to be replaced like contact lenses. Furthermore, the focusing power of the IOL can be synchronized to closely match your eye. With an IOL, glasses for distance vision may not be needed. Many times a lens is placed in one eye for distance and the other eye for near. This is called monovision. There are several benefits to this technique. No hospital stay is needed, there is no pain, no injections are required, recovery is quick and vision after surgery is typically excellent if there is no other problem with the eye.  

 

Small incision surgery has several benefits. The procedure is very quick, sometimes taking less than 20 minutes. Moreover, the recovery period is short. Patients are able to eat a light snack and drink immediately after the surgery. The results of the surgery are almost immediate; most people notice an improvement in vision soon after surgery. You may still need glasses for some activities after the surgery. The new prescription is given several weeks after the procedure.

 

 

 

 

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Click here to read about blue blocking and ultraviolet filtering sunglasses, which may reduce your risk for cataracts.

 

Click here to read about the revolutionary Tecnis lens implant from Pharmacia-Pfizer.

Click here to learn more about Intraocular Lens Implants and their history.

Click here to learn about the revolutionary presbyopic lens implants

 

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