Cataracts

Cataract And Lens Implants

What is a Cataract:

A Cataract is the clouding of the normally clear crystalline lens within the eye.

When we look at an object, light rays travel into our eye through the pupil and are focused through the lens onto the retina, a layer of light-sensitive cells at the back of the eye. When the lens is not clear it does not properly focus light onto the retina. This is called a cataract.

Symptoms of a Cataract:

The aging process typically causes clouding of the lens; however, other factors such as diabetes, trauma, family history and medication can also contribute to cataract formation.  Regardless of the cause as your cataract progresses you may have symptoms such as:

  • Painless cloudy, blurry or dim vision
  • More difficulty seeing at night or in low light
  • Sensitivity to light and glare
  • Seeing halos around lights
  • Faded or yellow colors

Treatment of Cataracts:

When a cataract causes bothersome vision problems that interfere with your daily activities, your eye doctor at Eye Care & Surgery may recommend surgery to remove the cataract. With cataract surgery, your eye’s cloudy natural lens is removed and replaced with a clear artificial lens implant (called an intraocular lens or IOL).  Today there are several new lens implant options available called multifocal or accommodative lenses.  These newer IOL types may reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses.

The surgeons at Eye Care and Surgery offer some of the most effective intraocular lenses (IOLs) currently available for replacement of cataracts.