UNDERSTANDING WHY YOUR VISION HAS CHANGED.
What are cataracts?
The human eye is like a camera, your eye has a clear lens through which light passes for you to see. Like a camera, when the lens of the eye is cloudy, not as much light can pass through the lens. Clouding of the human eye lens is called a cataract, a medical condition in which the lens of the eye becomes progressively opaque, resulting in blurred vision. Cataracts cause a progressive, painless loss of vision. The first thing you will notice after surgery is the brightness around you. The sky will be bluer as you notice the yellow tint is a thing of the past.
What Causes Cataracts?
The most common cause of cataract is more candles on the cake. The lens inside of our eyes naturally become cloudy over time. Cataracts can also be cause by UV light exposure, diet, eye trauma, previous eye surgeries and certain types of medications. It is said that if you live long enough everyone will get cataracts.
How Do I Know If A Cataract Is Developing?
One of the first noticeable symptoms of cataracts is a bothersome glare that makes night driving difficult. Other symptoms include halos around lights, light sensitivity, double vision in one eye or temporarily improved near vision.
You may be ready for surgery when you can no longer do the things you enjoy in your everyday life. These might include driving at night, reading, painting, sewing, golfing, reduced socializing. Things you normally like to do, you now avoid because they are more difficult.
What Is The Current Treatment For Cataracts?
Cataract surgery is a simple, relatively painless procedure. This surgery is the most frequently performed procedure in the United States, and also one of the most successful. During surgery, a small incision is made in the eye to remove the cloudy lens and replace it with a clear silicone lens, called an implant.
Once the opaque lens is removed by your surgeon, there is now opportunity to replace it with a variety of lenses. Before cataract surgery, an intraocular lens implant (IOL) measurement is made to determine the lens power. This measurement will incorporate your glasses prescription. Without an implant, you would need to wear very strong glasses or contact lenses.
How do cataracts impact my vision?
It’s a tricky thing, cataracts. They usually come on so gradually, it is difficult to choose to take care of them until you discover you are no longer legal to drive, even with glasses.
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