According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, more than half of all Americans will develop cataracts by age 80. A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye, which can cause one's vision to become blurry. They are common with age and can occur in one or both eyes. The clouding usually occurs slowly, but can happen quickly, especially after trauma to the eye. While cataracts are not painful, they do cause many symptoms such as blurry vision, fewer details, glare while driving or reading, dull colors, changes in your glasses prescription and double vision in one eye.
New advances and techniques have made cataract surgery one of the most successful and life-improving surgical procedures performed. We offer the latest procedures available to help remove cataracts and restore your vision, including the placement of intraocular lenses. Most cataract surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis and more than 98 percent of surgeries improve vision.
During cataract surgery, the eye's natural lens is removed and replaced with an intraocular lens, or IOL. Since being approved by the FDA in 1981, IOLs have offered an effective alternative for cataract patients. Prior to the use of IOLs, cataract patients had to where very thick eyeglasses or special contact lenses in order to see after the natural lenses were removed during surgery.
The Choice is Yours
It can take months or years for a cataract to fully develop. How do you know when it's time to have a cataract removed? The answer is quite simple. The time to have your cataract removed is when you believe your quality of life would be better if you could see better. Only you can decide when it's time to open your eyes to a brighter, clearer world.
Types of Intraocular Lenses (IOLs)
Conventional IOLs are only monofocal, offering patients vision at only one distance (typically far), and still requiring them to use corrective lenses for reading and close work. Now, there are new multifocal IOLs available, which provide patients the ability to see well at more than one distance without the use of glasses or contacts. Other types of IOLs available are: Toric IOLs for people with astigmatisms and Blue Light-Filtering IOLs, which help to filter UV light rays.