As you age, you will find your eyesight changing in many ways. For most of us, that simply means an onset of presbyopia or the aging of eyes that causes us to become more nearsighted. But thousands of others develop a more severe condition that requires cataract surgery. If cataracts are left untreated, they will eventually cause blindness, but modern ophthalmology has found a treatment for cataracts.
Is cataract surgery necessary for me?
Cataracts are a condition of the lens where a cloudy or milky substance covers the lens, blurring or blocking vision. Cataracts are most common in older individuals but may develop at any age. Cataracts are a progressive condition which worsens without treatment. The most effective treatment is to replace the lens of the eye entirely with cataract surgery. The technology for replacing the ocular lens has only become available within the last few decades, but this cataract surgery is a relatively safe procedure with a very high success rate.
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, more than half of all Americans will develop cataracts by age 80. A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye, which can cause one's vision to become blurry. They are common with age and can occur in one or both eyes. The clouding occurs slowly, but can happen quickly, especially after trauma to the eye. While cataracts are not painful, they do cause many symptoms such as blurry vision, fewer details, glare while driving or reading, dull colors, changes in your glasses prescription and double vision in one eye.
New advances and techniques have made cataract surgery one of the most successful and life-improving surgical procedures performed. We offer the latest procedures available to help remove cataracts and restore your vision, including the placement of Intraocular Lenses. Most cataract surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis, and more than 95 percent of surgeries improve vision.
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