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What is a Cataract?

We will all get cataracts if we live long enough. In fact, cataracts affect almost everyone by the age of 75 and that is why cataract surgery ranks as the most frequently performed surgical procedure in the U.S. The onset of cataracts are so gradual that you hardly notice it, until one day, your ability to perform every day functions, such as driving, becomes slightly impaired. With 80% of people over the age of 60 developing cataracts, you will most likely need treatment at some point.

A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s normally transparent crystalline lens. When we look at something, light rays travel into our eye through the pupil and are focused through the lens onto the retina, a layer of light-sensitive cells at the back of the eye. The lens must be clear in order to focus light properly onto the retina. If the lens has become cloudy, then it is diagnosed as a cataract.

A cataract may not need to be removed right away if your lifestyle isn't significantly affected. In some cases, simply changing your eyeglass prescription may help to improve your vision. Contrary to popular belief, a cataract does not have to be "ripe" to be removed. However, once you are diagnosed with a cataract, your ophthalmologist will need to monitor your vision regularly for any changes.

Cataract eye surgery is one of the most successful surgeries in terms of a rapid recovery and improvement in quality of life. Talk to your doctor today about your options.

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Operations, Treatment & Prevention:

While cataracts are one of the most common causes of vision loss, especially as we age, they are treatable with cataract surgery. Since most cataracts are part of the normal aging process, they cannot be reversed. There are no medications or eye drops that will make cataracts go away. With cataract surgery, your eye's cloudy natural lens is removed and replaced with a clear artificial lens implant (called an intraocular lens, or IOL). A permanent artificial lens is implanted to replace the cataract lens. The patient receives local anesthesia to numb the eye and remains awake during the cataract eye operation.

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