A cataract is a condition that causes a clouding of the lens in your eye, which affects your ability to see correctly.
Inside our eyes, we have a natural lens that bends light rays that come into the eye to help us see. The lens should be clear, allowing crisp, clear vision. If you have a cataract, your lens has become cloudy. It is like looking through a foggy or dusty car windshield. Things look blurry, hazy or less colorful with a cataract.
Cataracts are a common side effect of aging in patients who are 60 years and older. While less common, they can happen in younger patients. Some of the factors that can make you more likely to develop cataracts include:
Most people that are affected by cataracts experience them in both eyes, but they can develop unevenly, with the vision in one eye becoming worse than the other.
The team at Fry Eye Associates can perform an eye exam to determine whether you have cataracts. Some of the symptoms that you might experience if you have cataracts include:
Cataracts tend to develop slowly, so you might not notice the changes in your vision. Because of this, it’s incredibly important to have routine eye exams with the professionals at Fry Eye Associates so that they can monitor, diagnose, and treat any developing cataracts.
Cataract surgery is a procedure in which the team at Fry Eye Associates replaces the clouded lens in your eye with a new, unclouded, artificial lens called an intraocular lens (IOL). You receive either topical or local anesthesia for the procedure, which only takes a matter of minutes. Your doctor makes a few incredibly small incisions in your eye, removes your cataract, and replaces it with a new lens.
Modern technology has made it possible for patients to resume their normal activities within 24-48 hours of their surgery. Many people leave their cataract surgery with better visual acuity than they had before.
Schedule your cataract consultation today by calling Fry Eye Associates. Clear vision is just a phone call away.