What is a Cataract?
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A cataract is a clouding on the lens of the eye which affects the vision. The lens is the part of the eye that helps focus light and images for the retina. The lens must be clear for the retina to focus on the image/light appropriately. The majority of cataracts can be associated with aging. Older people are often affected by cataracts more so than any other age group. Cataracts can be in a single eye or both eyes.
What Causes Cataracts?
Behind the iris and the pupil is the lens. It works like the lens of a camera. It focuses on the retina at the back of the eye and records an image. The lens also adapts the focus of the eye, allowing us to see things clearly both up and down. The lens consists mainly of water and protein. The protein is precisely arranged to keep the lens clear and allow light to pass through. However, as we age, some protein can clump together and start clouding a small area of the lens. It's a cataract. Over time, the cataract may become wider, and the lens clouds more, making it more difficult to see.
What are the Signs of Cataracts?
Common signs indicating the development of cataracts are the appearance of blurred vision, a halo effect around light sources, decreased night vision along with increased light sensitivity, and having a dual vision in one eye.
If you have any of these problems, schedule an appointment with us. Years of professional expertise and the most advanced diagnostics are used by our ophthalmologist to assess and remove cataracts accurately.
What is Cataract Surgery?
Cataract surgery is a very common procedure, with rare complications. The operation itself is very successful in improving patients' vision around 95% of the time. Cataract surgery is usually an outpatient procedure that takes less than 10 minutes.
After undergoing anesthesia through the use of eye drops, the doctor will remove the clouded lens from the eye. Dr. Delianides then places an intraocular lens (IOL) in place of the removed lens. The IOL compensates for the power provided by the old lens. Modern IOLs have been designed for different functions and are made of different materials.
When surgery is complete, we will apply an eye shield and give you eye drops as directed to help the recovery process.
How We Can Help
It is our mission and privilege to protect and promote our community's ideal eye health. In this way, we offer modern vision care solutions for patients through laser cataract surgery and premium lens implants. If you need protective eye-wear like sunglasses, we offer a variety of quality lenses and frames in our optical shop. Contact our practice today to learn more about cataracts and advanced treatments and schedule your consultation!