Cataract Surgery

A cataract is a cloudiness of the natural lens of the eye that dims or blurs your vision. It may cause glares or halos around light at night, and can also change the way you see color. This is an extremely common occurrence, and those who live to be between the ages of 75 and 85 years old have a 90% chance of developing cataracts. The biggest risk factor for cataracts is age, but they can also develop because of certain conditions such as diabetes and congenital defect.

Luckily, there is a safe and effective way to treat cataracts. Cataract surgery is currently the only way to get rid of cataracts. During surgery, the surgeon will give you some anesthetic eye drops, and a mild sedative to reduce anxiety. Your surgeon will then make a small incision in your eye through which to remove the cloudy lens. After that, the surgeon will replace the cloudy lens with a new lens, called an intraocular lens (IOL). There are many types of IOLs, and your doctor will help you to figure out which is the best fit for you.

Symptoms

Cataracts grow slowly, and therefore symptoms may not be noticeable right away. You will notice a slow deterioration in vision.

Common symptoms of cataracts include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Problems with the way you see light at night, such as halos around light, headlights seeming too bright or glare from lamps.