Most of us will develop a cataract. Just like grey hair, some patients will develop cataracts at an earlier age than others. Cataracts are part of the normal aging process and occur in perfectly healthy eyes.
In very advanced cases, and before modern surgical techniques, some advanced cataracts turned white. The name “cataract” actually refers to the whiteness seen in a waterfall, also known as a cataract.
Symptoms of Cataract
After light passes through the cornea, the natural lens in our eye focuses light onto the retina. When we are born, the natural lens is crystal clear allowing sharp, bright clear vision. With time, the natural lens become cloudy and/or yellowed.
The cloudy cataract does not transmit as much light causing vision problems. Here are some of the more common symptoms of cataract;
- Dim vision (need more light to read)
During the initial stages of cataract formation, the early blurriness may simply be corrected with glasses. With time, changing glasses is no longer effective and cataract surgery may be considered.
The timing of cataract surgery varies from patient to patient. After a complete eye examination, my surgical team and I will discuss with you the appropriate timing of surgery, discuss your options and answer any questions to ensure your visual needs and expectations are aligned.
In most cases, an intraocular lens, or IOL, will need to be implanted. This IOL will replace your cloudy cataract. The intraocular lens will be crystal clear and will replace the focusing power of your natural lens.
Modern cataract surgery is highly successful. Careful measurements will be taken during your cataract evaluation to allow us to pick the correct power of your implant – allowing us to predict your prescription after surgery.
Surgery will take place as an outpatient and careful follow up begins the next day.
Intraocular Lens (IOL)
There are various types of intraocular lenses we can choose depending upon your needs and expectations. The standard implant is called a “monofocal” implant. Newer technology offers so called “multifocal implants,” and implants which correct for astigmatism.
- Monofocal Implants are the gold standard. This is often chosen to correct your distance vision only. You will likely need reading glasses after surgery.
- Multifocal Intraocular Lens Implants – in selected patients, these can correct distance vision, but also improves intermediate and near vision.
- Toric Intraocular Lens Implants can correct moderate amounts of astigmatism.
If you would like to have more information or you would like to make an appointment, please call us.
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