What is a cataract?
As we age, a cloudiness develops on the eye’s lens, causing the vision to blur. As cataracts progress, traditional contacts and glasses are unable to fully correct the vision, and surgery is necessary to replace the natural lens of the eye.
How fast do cataracts progress?
Cataracts due to aging generally progress slowly, though those associated with diabetic patients can progress rapidly over a few months. It is not possible to predict precisely how rapidly cataracts will progress in any given patient.
How is vision loss from cataract evaluated?
A comprehensive refractive eye exam is necessary to measure vision loss from cataracts. A simple visual acuity test (eye chart) is not sufficient to measure vision loss due to cataracts.
Are cataracts an inevitable part of aging?
Yes. As we age, the lenses of our eyes grow thicker and become cloudy, forming cataracts.
Can I prevent cataracts?
Modern medicine is not yet able to reverse the development of cataracts or prevent them from forming. Once cataracts are present, the only way to regain clear vision is to undergo cataract surgery, one of the most common procedures performed in medicine today.
What symptoms are associated with cataracts?
Cataracts often go unnoticed until a doctor discovers them during an exam. Symptoms include blurry vision with dim or faded colors and sensitivity to bright light. Patients may also notice glare and halos as well as poor night vision.
What is involved in the cataract procedure?
Most cataract procedures are performed using a process called phacoemulsification, a technique allowing the surgeon to remove the cataract through a microscopic incision, removing the need for stitches and patches, so the eyes can heal naturally.
Are there any needles or blades involved in laser cataract surgery?
The most recent breakthrough in cataract surgery is the introduction of the cataract laser. At Kleiman|Evangelista Eye Center, we offer the first FDA-approved laser cataract technology, the LenSx Cataract Laser. This laser allows our physicians to perform certain steps of the procedure that were traditionally performed with a blade, and in the opinion of surgeons Drs. Kleiman, Evangelista, Amacher and Frasier, this adds to the accuracy and precision of the procedure.
What results can I expect from my cataract surgery?
In a vast majority of cataract surgeries, vision is substantially improved after surgery. In most cases, patients are able to return to work the day after surgery.
What are the risks with cataract surgery?
As with any surgery, the cataract procedure has some associated risks. If a patient has glaucoma, or other vision loss issues, vision may not be fully restored after cataract surgery. An examination by an ophthalmologist can help predict whether such improvement is likely.