As we age, we become more and more likely to develop eye diseases and conditions. Cataracts are one of the most common age-related eye problems and one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. Cataracts affect almost every person over the age of 50, and there is no known prevention. Fortunately, cataracts are completely treatable. With today's technology, not only can you safely and effectively get rid of cataracts, you may be able to achieve vision better than before your cataracts!
Although surgery is the only form of treatment for cataracts, cataract surgery is safer, faster, and more efficient than ever! Both traditional and laser-assisted cataract surgery are extremely common procedures that allow you the option to choose an IOL that will improve your vision.
A cataract occurs when the natural crystalline lens in the eye begins to stiffen and cloud as we age. When the normally flexible and clear lens begins to form a cataract, your vision will begin to look blurry and cloudy. Cataracts progress slowly over time and, if left untreated long enough, can cause blindness. Extremely dense and mature cataracts do not allow light to enter through the corner (the clear front of the eye).
Symptoms of a cataract include:
The only permanent treatment for cataracts is through surgery. Early symptoms of cataracts may be improved with a new eyeglass prescription, better lighting, anti-glare sunglasses, or magnifying glasses. When these methods no longer work, your doctor may suggest cataract surgery. Cataract surgery can be truly life changing, especially for those who have dealt with cataracts and low vision for many years.
If you decide that you are ready for cataract surgery, you will begin with a consultation appointment. One of our expert doctors here at Fogg, Maxwell, Lanier & Remington EyeCare in Fresno, California will speak with you about the results you wish to get from cataract surgery, any pre-existing eye conditions you may have, and help you choose which IOL will work best for you.
The cataract surgery itself is fast and painless. You will be given a mild sedative and a topical anesthetic. You will remain awake during the procedure. During the surgery, the doctor will make a series of small incisions in the cornea, either with an instrument or with a laser. A method called "phacoemulsification" is then used to break up the cloudy lens and remove it in small pieces through the incisions. After the cloudy lens has been fully removed, the surgeon will replace it with the IOL (intraocular lens) that was previously decided on. With this new lens, you will be able to see clearly with some added refractive power (if you so choose).
If you have been experiencing symptoms of cataracts or if you are ready to get rid of your cataracts, call Fogg, Maxwell, Lanier & Remington EyeCare in Fresno, California today to set up an appointment. Clear, sharp vision makes a tremendous difference in the lives of our patients!