A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens inside your eye. This lens, located behind the iris, works just like the lens of a camera: by focusing light images on the retina, it sends images to the brain. As the human lens becomes clouded, it keeps light and images from reaching the retina. Cataracts affect over 22 million Americans (in most cases, aged 40 and above) and are present in 90% of Americans aged 65 and older. This eye disease is the leading cause of visual loss in those who are over 55. At our cataract center, we see a lot of patients afflicted with this disease.
A cataract can be the reason sharp images become blurred, bright colors become dull, or seeing at night is more difficult. It may also be why the reading glasses or bifocals that used to help you read or do other simple tasks no longer seem to help. Vision with cataracts has been described as seeing life through old, cloudy film. A cataract is not a “film” over the eyes, and neither diet nor lasers will make it go away, nor can it be prevented. Sunlight, smoking, eye injury, certain diseases, or even some medications can cause clouding. The best way to treat a cataract is with surgery that removes the old, clouded lens and replaces it with a new, artificial one to restore your vision and, in many ways, significantly improve your quality of life.
If you’ve received a cataracts diagnosis, the standard course of action is to undergo surgery to remove the clouded natural crystalline lens housing the cataract and replace it with a clear acrylic lens called an intraocular lens. We are here to help! Our cataract center is led by a highly skilled head physician with extensive experience in performing these surgeries. During this surgical process, your clouded or hardened natural crystalline lens will be extracted and substituted with a new artificial lens. Typically, the entire procedure takes less than half an hour, and in most cases, patients notice an immediate improvement in their vision right after surgery. Some individuals may go through a brief adjustment period during which they might experience halos and glare around lights, but this tends to diminish over time in the majority of cases.
When having cataract surgery, only one eye is treated at a time. You have to book another surgery at a cataract center for a later time to take care of the other eye. Since cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure, you don’t have to plan for an overnight stay. Most people can resume their normal activities with minor restrictions the day after their procedure.
Cataracts are highly treatable, and through advances in both cataract surgery and lens implants, more people are experiencing the complete restoration of their vision than ever before. If you have been told that you are in the early stages of developing cataracts, you must familiarize yourself with the options that are available to you. As a cataract center trusted by locals in Lexington, KY, Abell Eyes offers the latest technology in lens implants, enabling a full range of vision and decreased dependency on glasses! Our experienced physicians and staff will educate you on all of your lens implant options and get you on the road to better vision.