Is your lens cloudy?
“Cataract” describes the clouding of the natural lens of the eye. Over time, the normally clear lens becomes opaque like frosted glass. Although it is a normal part of the aging process, as the lens changes it limits the ability of the eye to focus light correctly on the retina. As it becomes more pronounced, you may feel your poor vision is limiting your ability to do most of the daily activities you enjoy. In order to see clearly, this opacity must be addressed. Unfortunately, there are no medical treatments (drops or pills) available to reverse or halt the progression of cataracts. Surgical removal of the lens becomes necessary.
Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed surgery in the United States. It is also one of the most successful surgeries performed today. The surgery involves removing the opacified lens and replacing it with a specialized lens implant (called an intraocular lens). This lens will remain in the eye and serves to focus light on the retina. There is now laser technology that can be used during surgery that helps reduce energy, increase precision, and correct astigmatism. In addition, new lens technology is available that can reduce your dependence on glasses and contact lenses after surgery. During your appointment, we can discuss these topics and decide together, what the best option is for your eyes.