A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens usually caused by age-related changes. Symptoms include cloudy vision, glare, halos, difficulty driving at night and/or in the rain. Because these changes occur slowly over time, many patients don’t initially realize that the clarity of the vision has become impaired.
Cataracts typically start to develop during middle age but don’t begin to affect vision until after the age of 60. Once cataracts start to form, they can’t be reversed. Surgery is the only remedy. The good news is that cataract surgery is extremely effective with a high satisfaction rate. In fact, about 3 million Americans undergo cataract surgery every year.
Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure performed under local anesthesia. The procedure involves removing your eye’s cloudy lens and replacing it with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). Usually, both steps are performed at the same time. Artificial lenses are permanent and don’t require care.
There are several types of IOLs from which to choose, depending on your specific needs. Options include:
Multifocal lenses enable you to see better at all distances, while toric lenses are inserted to treat astigmatism and have the potential to provide excellent vision without glasses. Monofocal lenses offer vision improvement with a fixed focus for one distance.
To determine your best lens choice, Dr. Shah considers both your vision needs and lifestyle. He’ll also take necessary measurements of your eye and explain all of your options making sure your questions are answered before proceeding.
Yes. Cataract surgery is among the most frequently performed surgical procedures in the world. It has an extremely high success rate and typically takes less than an hour.
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