Cataract FAQ’s

What is a Cataract?

A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens in the eye. A cataract causes images to look dull, keeping us from seeing clear and crisp. It is an eye condition that will develop in everyone if we live long enough. It is possible for cataracts to begin developing between ages 40-50.  However, people in their 60’s notice that the cataracts are impacting their vision.

What is the Lens?

The lens is located behind the iris and pupil. The purpose of the lens is to focus light onto the retina. The lens accommodates when we focus from distance to near and intermediate objects. When you have a cataract, the lens inside the eye becomes cloudy, making it difficult to see clearly.

What causes Cataracts?

Cataract is a natural aging process. Everyone will eventually develop a cataract sometime in their life. Cataracts usually develop starting around the age of 55 and on up; however, it is different for everyone. A routine dilated eye exam will help determine if you have a cataract. For more information on this condition or to schedule an eye exam, please contact us at 800-760-4171.

Who is at risk for Cataracts?

We are all at risk for cataracts. This is a natural aging process that happens to everyone. Cataracts can develop around the age of 55 on up. There are some factors that can play a part in the development of cataracts, such as:

  • Exposure to ultraviolet radiation in sunny climates or a large amount of time outdoors without UV protective glasses
  • Occupations that involve being exposed to infrared or microwave radiation
  • Trauma
  • Heredity
  • Certain diseases like Diabetes
  • Certain medications

How can Cataracts affect my vision?

As cataracts progress images aren’t as crisp and clear as they once were. Cataracts may cause you to see dull images, be sensitive to light, notice more glare, or have difficulty driving at night. If you want to improve your quality of vision and think you may be suffering from cataracts, call us today at 800-760-4171.

What are the symptoms of a Cataract?

Symptoms include blurred vision, sensitivity to bright light, reduced vision in bright light, increased distortion, impaired depth perception or frequent changes in eye glass prescriptions.

How is a Cataract detected?

A detailed eye exam is needed to detect a cataract. If you think you may have a cataract and would like to schedule a cataract evaluation with one of our world renowned cataract surgeons, contact the Eye Institute at 800-760-4171.

How is a Cataract treated?

A cataract is generally treated through surgery. The entire cataract procedure takes approximately 10 minutes.  The surgeon creates a tiny incision on the edge of your cornea and then uses an ultrasound system to break up and remove the cataract. Depending on the type of intraocular lens that is best for you, a standard monofocal lens, an astigmatism-correcting toric lens, or a multifocal lens will be inserted in the eye. The standard, toric, and multifocal lenses have different objectives. To find out more information regarding these lenses and to determine the one that would best fit your needs call 800-760-4171.

What are the new technology lenses available and what will they do for me?

The Eye Institute offers a large variety of intraocular lenses that will help you reduce your need for glasses and contacts. These lenses include presbyopia-correcting and astigmatism-correcting IOLs. There are numerous types of presbyopia-correcting IOLs including multifocal, accommodating, and extended-depth-of-focus IOLs that all are designed to improve vision at all distances. These lenses include the ReSTOR®, TECNIS®, and Tecnis Symfony® lenses, all of which will correct presbyopia and reduce your need for vision correction at all distances.
In the past, patients that needed astigmatism correction could only correct their vision at one distance using a monofocal, Toric IOL. In 2016, the FDA approved two revolutionary IOLs, the Symfony Toric IOL, followed shortly by the ReSTOR® Toric IOL. These advanced lens implants can treat both astigmatism AND vision at all distances, giving even more people the opportunity to achieve visual independence from glasses and contact lenses.
To find out which lens implant is best suited for your lifestyle and vision, schedule a cataract consultation with your eye doctor today!

*Individual Results May Vary
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