Dr. Adelson offers customized cataract surgery tailored to your visual needs. New technology allows for near and distance vision with less need for glasses. Cataract surgery is usually done in less than 15 minutes with little to no discomfort. You do have options at the time of cataract surgery including premium lens implants.
Cataract surgery is one of the safest and most effective types of surgery performed in the United States today. Over 90 percent of cataract surgery patients report better vision following the surgery.
A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens of your eye. Patients describe cataracts like looking through a frosty or fogged-up window. A cataract interferes with light passing through the eye to the retina. Many factors over time cause proteins in the eye to cluster together, thus forming the cloudy area on the lens.
Most cataracts develop slowly and don’t disturb your eyesight early on. But with time, cataracts will eventually interfere with your vision.Over half of the population over the age of 60 suffer from cataracts and almost everyone will develop cataracts as they grow older. Cataracts form at different ages at different rates and can affect both or one eye.
A cataract starts out small and at first has little effect on your vision. In fact, in the early stages, only a doctor can detect a cataract because there may not be any symptoms. When you do start to notice changes in vision, they could include:
- Blurry or double vision, especially outdoors
- Increasing difficulty with vision at night
- Sensitivity to light and glare
- Frequent changes in eyeglass or contact lens prescription
- Seeing “halos” around lights
- Fading or yellowing of colors
- Double vision in a single eye
- Decreasing vision with age
- Poor depth perception
- Difficulty reading
- Seeing streaks from headlights and stop lights
- Feeling the need to shade your eyes from the sun
- Print appearing faded and lacking in contrast
Initially, the cloudiness in your vision caused by a cataract may affect only part of the lens and you may be completely unaware of any vision loss. As the cataract continues to grow, it clouds more of your lens and distorts the light passing through. This will then lead to signs and symptoms you’re more likely to notice. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, give us a call at 866-340-EYES to schedule a complete evaluation with Dr. Adelson and to discuss all options.
- Eye trauma
- Ultraviolet Radiation
- Skin diseases
- Some medications including long-term use of oral steroids
- Certain metabolic conditions
Dr. Adelson will perform a comprehensive eye exam that includes a contrast sensitivity test that determines how much your vision has already been affected by the cataract. Additional testing may be needed to determine the extent of impairment to vision caused by a cataract.Using the information obtained from these tests, Dr. Adelson will determine if you have cataracts and advise you on options for treatment.
There are no treatments to reverse and/or prevent the development of cataracts. The treatment of cataracts is based on the level of visual impairment they cause. If a cataract affects vision only minimally, or not at all, no treatment may be needed. Patients may be advised to monitor for increased visual symptoms and follow a regular check-up schedule.
In some cases, a change in eyeglass prescription may provide temporary improvement in visual acuity. Increasing the amount of light used when reading may be beneficial. The use of anti-glare coatings on clear lenses can help reduce glare for night driving.
When a cataract progresses to the point that it affects a person’s ability to do normal everyday tasks, surgery may be needed. Cataract surgery involves removing the lens of the eye and replacing it with an artificial lens. The artificial lens requires no care and can significantly improve vision. New artificial lens options include those that simulate the natural focusing ability of a young healthy lens.