Cataract is the progressive clouding of the eye's natural lens, which interferes with light passing through to the retina. This is most commonly age-related, and is present in >50% of people over the age of 60. It may also be trauma induced in younger patients.
Common visual symptoms associated with the development of cataracts are:
Decreased color contrast
Decreased vision in glare
Difficulty driving at night
Hazy or cloudy vision
Halos around lights
At some point, glasses will be ineffective at solving your visual problems. There is no medical treatment to reverse or prevent cataract formation, therefore requiring surgical removal of your natural lens and implantation of a man-made intraocular lens (IOL).
A cataract is commonly removed through the advanced technique called Phacoemulsification. This procedure is typically done under topical anesthesia and is approximately 15 minutes long. During this procedure, the cataract is broken into particles and gently suctioned from the eye through a small self-sealing incision (no stitches). A new intraocular lens (IOL) is then implanted into the eye.
Advanced Technology allows you to choose from various options, provided that you are a good candidate. We offer multifocal IOLs to correct for cataract, presbyopia, and astigmatism (if applicable). These lenses provide you with an extended range of vision in order to reduce your dependency on glasses. Conditions such as glaucoma, diabetes, macular degeneration, and other retinal problems may affect your candidacy.