Cataracts

Cataracts are a very common problem that cause blurred vision, decreased night vision, and washed-out colors.  Cataracts occur when the lens within the eye starts to become cloudy.  Generally this is a gradual process, but certain types can grow quickly.

The typical aging cataract usually starts to show up around age 60 and slowly progresses over many years.  In some ways, cataract is a normal part of the aging process; not every cataract causes noticeable vision loss.  One of the earliest symptoms is difficulty with night vision, with dimmer vision, and increasing glare.  Later on they cause blurred vision and make colors appear duller.  This can even progress to blindness in advanced cases.

Besides age, other risk factors for cataracts include trauma to the eye, steroid medications, diabetes, smoking, and sunlight damage.  These can cause cataracts at any age, and it is even possible to be born with cataracts.

No medication, vitamin, or non-surgical method has been proven to reverse cataracts.  Preventative measures such as sunglasses, good blood sugar control in diabetics, and avoiding smoking are helpful to slow down cataract’s progression.

When cataracts impair vision to the point of interfering with quality of life, surgery is indicated.  Cataract surgery is an extremely common surgery, and involves replacing the cataract with a new artificial lens implant.  Once removed, cataracts do not grow back.  Cataract surgery is generally very safe, and serious complications are rare.  However every surgery has some degree of risk, and it is important to consider these before deciding on surgery.

Dr. Strong has years of experience with cataract surgery.  He offers the advanced technique of small incision, sutureless, no shot, and no patch surgery.  Surgery usually only takes 20 minutes.  An anesthesiologist keeps the patient relaxed, and topical medications keep the eye numb, preventing pain.  The patient is then able to return home, with postop care mainly consisting of eyedrops.  Most patients have some blurring the day of surgery, but often see clearly as soon as the next day.

There are many options available for the new artificial lens implanted during surgery.  Some newer lenses not only replace the cataract, but are also designed to reduce the need for glasses after surgery.  Patients with astigmatism may benefit from a toric lens implant.   Other lenses are designed to reduce the need to use reading glasses.  Two of the more popular lenses are the Crystalens® and the Restor® lens.  Each lens has its advantages and limitations, so a thorough discussion is important to decide which lens is the best fit for your lifestyle.

Contact us at 214-522-6380 for a consultation.

Acrysof® Toric Lens

Crystalens®

Acrysof® Restor Lens