April 01, 2020

Cataracts

Get your sight right

Vision clouding due to cataracts can usually be fixed with fairly minor, but very high tech surgery. Still, appropriate timing of surgery and selection of replacement lens are decisions where our guidance can help.

Cataracts

It can feel like an unhappy rite of aging. Your vision gets blurry and worsens as time goes on. You visit the doctor and together decide it's time to have cataract surgery.

Fortunately, most people are able to have this common problem treated successfully with surgery. In fact, cataract removal is the most common type of surgery done for Americans age 65 and older.

In general, if your vision seems reasonably good, there's no harm in putting off cataract surgery. However, blur, glare and the need for more light can become bothersome and start to interfere with daily activities. There are numerous benefits to having the procedure done when vision becomes impaired, including reducing the risk of falls and improving your ability to drive a car, pursue active hobbies and live independently.

Cloudy, foggy forecast

The eye's lens is located just behind the iris, the colored part of your eye. Light that enters the eye is focused by the lens, producing an image on the retina at the back of your eye. The retina sends this information to the vision centers in the brain, allowing you to see.

The lens is where a cataract develops. A normal lens is crystal clear. As a cataract forms, the precisely arranged protein fibers of your lens begin to break down, clump together and lose their transparency. This lens cloudiness scatters light and prevents a sharp, focused image from reaching your retina.

Cataracts are described based on the part of the lens that's cloudy and...