The probability of having cataracts increases with age although it has been associated with:
The natural lens is situated behind the iris, (the colored part of the eye) focusing the light from the cornea onto the retina where the information is transferred through the optic nerve to the brain in the form of images.
Initially, patients may not experience any symptoms, but cataract progression leads to a reduction in visual quality such as:
Diagnosis – Your doctor will perform a series tests in order to diagnosis a cataract including a vision test and dilated (large pupil) eye exam to view the lens and other parts of the eye.
Treatment – When visual symptoms begin to impair your ability to perform everyday activities including reading, writing, watching television you may consider cataract surgery to restore your vision. Cataract surgery is the most common surgical procedure performed in the United States with minimal risk of complications and over 95 percent success rate.
Cataract surgery – Cataract surgery is a minimally invasive, sutureless procedure that progresses as follows:
Most recently, femtosecond laser, the same laser technology used in LASIK, has been integrated into cataract surgery allowing for more precise surgery.
Cataract surgery is same-day procedure in which the patient goes home following surgery. (A family member or other designated driver is required to take the patient home.) The procedure is painless for most patients and usually takes less than 15 minutes to perform. A shield may be applied to the eye following surgery and several drops will be prescribed to aid in the healing process and reduce the chance of infection. Discomfort, tearing, sensitivity to light, and itching can occur after surgery, but are usually mild and short lived.
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