Cataracts are a very common problem related to aging. By the time Americans reach 75 years of age, just about half of them will have cataracts to one degree or another. It’s vital to see your eye doctor as soon as you see signs that you are developing cataracts because this is a progressive problem. It won’t improve or go away by itself.
A cataract is a clouding of the tiny lens in the eye. This lens is positioned just inside the cornea and it is normally crystal clear. All light entering the eye passes through this lens. When it gets cloudy, a person’s sight gets dimmer. The lens can also begin to take on a yellowish color which can make it harder for a person to perceive colors accurately.
Symptoms of Cataracts
- Haloes or starbursts around lights at night
- Dimming daytime vision
- Blurry vision (when it was previously clear)
- Changes in prescriptions
- Double vision in one eye
- Need for brighter light when reading or working
If you see these signs at any age, it’s important to see your eye doctor so they can monitor the progression of your cataracts and recommend corrective surgery at the right time.
Because cataracts are so common, the surgery to correct this condition has been extensively tested and improved over the years. It is now a fast, out-patient procedure.
First, the cloudy lens in your eye must be removed. Inserted through very tiny incisions at the surface of the eye, a special tool uses ultrasonic energy to break up the clouded lens. The pieces are then removed through the incision.
Then a clear, artificial lens is then rolled up and slipped in through this incision. The lens will unroll once it is in place. Now, this patient has a clear lens and can see colors and objects more clearly.
Surgery is only done on one eye at a time. Complete healing requires about a month.
After the Surgery
You will need to protect your eye according to your doctor’s instructions for up to a week, and use prescription eye drops to prevent infection. You will probably notice that your vision is clearer immediately. In fact, some lenses used for cataract correction can actually correct your vision too. If you wear glasses and anticipate having cataract surgery in the future, talk to your doctor about the types of corrections available.
While cataracts usually occur in the later years, there are other types of cataracts that can show up earlier in life. Therefore, if you see any of these symptoms of cataracts, no matter what your age, please call us.
We have some of the best surgeons in the country who are also leaders in this field. If you think you might require cataract surgery, please call us for an initial appointment: (727) 500-2020.
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