What is a Cataract?
Sooner or later, everyone develops cataracts just as everyone develops gray hair. A cataract is characterized by the clouding of the eye’s lens. Over time, the symptoms can appear in a variety of ways. The most common symptoms begin as blurry vision, fading of colors, difficulty seeing at night or double vision. Because cataracts can worsen over a long period of time, so many people do not initially recognize these symptoms.
What Causes Cataracts?
While it is the most common cause, growing older is not the sole cause of cataracts. In addition to past eye injuries and prolonged UV exposure, cataracts can also develop from lifestyle choices such as smoking or from the effects of diabetes. Genetics may also play a role. If a family member develops cataracts, you may be at risk for developing cataracts yourself.
After 40, your eyes begin to produce less of the proteins that keep your eyes in top shape. Between the ages of 50 and 60, most people have developed cataract symptoms, even if just minor. These symptoms could be a sudden change in your vision, or the slow process that you learn to deal with over the years as part of growing older. Because of your body and brain’s ability to cope with these changes, it is always recommended that you schedule regular eye appointments. Unlike other ailments that come naturally with aging, cataracts can be easily corrected through surgery. Until the time arrives when your symptoms prompt you to proceed with Laser Cataract Surgery, find tuning your eyeglass prescription can help push the light rays through the cataracts, thereby sharpening up your vision. Furthermore, specific eyeglass lens materials can be utilized to greatly reduce glare and halos.
If the cataracts are not prohibiting you from doing daily tasks, your glasses or contacts may be the solution. If it is determined that surgery is the best option to correct your vision, the procedure is both straightforward and quick.
After the eye is numbed, Dr. Mendelsohn uses a laser to precisely and safely perform the majority of the procedure followed by inserting small instruments to remove the clouded lens fragments. A new lens (known as an intraocular lens or IOL) is then inserted in its place. The incision is extremely small and the cornea heals itself quickly, so no stitches are needed. Also, no patches or injections to the eye are required for this five-minute procedure.
As ophthalmologists dedicated to providing outstanding care, we are delighted to let you know that we offer cataract surgery with the AcrySof® family of lenses, the most advanced and trusted intraocular lenses (IOLs) in the world. With the AcrySof® ReSTOR® multifocal IOL, we can generally correct most patients’ cataracts and enable them to see near, far, and everywhere in between without the aid of glasses or bifocals. The ability to read, drive and work on the computer is an incredible freedom that was never possible with traditional monofocal lenses.
Previously, if an individual had a moderate to large amount of astigmatism, this could not be corrected at the time of cataract surgery. This resulted in the need for full-time eyeglass correction following the surgery. However, thanks to a wonderful technological breakthrough, an AcrySof® Toric IOL can be implanted at the time of cataract surgery. With the utilization of the toric lens implants, there’s no longer the need for two separate procedures in order to have improved quality distance vision and decreased dependency on glasses.
Dr. Mendelsohn specializes in laser assisted cataract surgery. Femtosecond laser cataract surgery is highly reproducible, more accurate, and far safer than older techniques of cataract surgery with a scalpel. The laser offers excellent precision in making gentle, ultraprecise incisions in the lens and cornea, thereby producing better visual outcomes in current cataract surgery. Furthermore, patients with low or moderate levels of astigmatism can have this astigmatism eliminated or greatly reduced at the same time as the cataract procedure, resulting in a markedly enhanced quality of vision and overall outcome.
No matter which option is best for you, cataract surgery is virtually pain free, and the actual lens implant can be completed in minutes. In fact, most patients are back to their normal activities the very next day.
There is always a risk of complication or infection for any surgical procedure; however, there are steps to address any issues that may arise. Prior to the operation, your doctor will discuss these risks and address any questions or concerns you may have.
If you are interested in scheduling your cataract surgery here at Eye Surgeons and Consultants of Hollywood, Florida, be sure to call (954)894-1500 to book your consultation!