Cataracts is a disease of the eye that results in the clouding of the lens of the eyeball. Cataracts prevent clear images from appearing on the eye’s retina; causing mild, moderate, even severe blurred vision.
Typically an eye disorder associated with aging (over half of the people in America over age 80 have either had a cataract or cataract surgery), cataracts generally occur later in life as the lens structure within the human eye changes and gets older.
During the evaluation of your eye health we will carefully examine your lens for signs of cataract formation. If a cataract is noticed and the clouding is causing visual disruption, our optometrist will refer you to a trusted and respected surgeon for surgery, which is the only known cure for cataracts. Advanced Eye Care Center in Northwest Phoenix will be there for you providing pre and post cataract surgery care.
Is Cataract Surgery Right for Me?
Let’s start with the good news. Having cataracts does not mean that you need to have surgery right away, or ever – for that matter. If you do elect to have the surgery, the cataracts can be safely removed. Well over 90% of those who have had cataract surgery regain very good vision (in the range between 20/20 and 20/40 vision) and return to the quality of life and the healthy vision they had before the onset of cataracts.
What are Cataracts?
Cataracts is a common eye disease that comes on gradually and results in the clouding of the eye’s lens, which lies behind the iris and the pupil. You may experience common symptoms such as an increase in glare, seeing halos around lights and an overall decreased level of vision.
How do I know if I have Cataracts?
The first step is to see your optometrist and undergo a comprehensive eye exam. During the exam, your eye doctor will ask you a lot of questions and perform a series of diagnostic tests. The advanced technology used during the exam includes the use of a slit lamp microscope, a high-intensity light source that shines a thin sheet of light onto the eye.
If I have Cataracts….what next?
After consultation with your eye doctor, and depending on the degree to which the cataracts affect your vision, you may elect to:
- Forego surgery and take advantage of a wide variety of alternative optical aids such as new glasses, bifocals, magnification lenses anti-glare sunglasses or other visual aids.
- Monitor the cataracts until or if your vision deteriorates to the extent that it affects your everyday life (i.e., driving, watching TV, or during sports).
- Undergo cataracts surgery after being fully informed by your optometrist of the benefits, risks and potential complications. Did you know that cataract surgery is the most common surgery in the U.S. today, with more than 3 million such surgeries performed every year? The surgery is performed by an eye surgeon, and is done on an outpatient basis using local anesthesia. In the surgery, your clouded lens is replaced with new, clear, synthetic lens.
If you are over 60, or if you experience any of the symptoms raised above, schedule an appointment with your eye doctor.