The eye’s crystalline lens sits is located just behind the pupil and functions along with the cornea to focus light on the retina. As we age, proteins in this crystalline lens clump together, which creates clouding and hardening of the lens that can eventually affect our vision. This clouding is considered a cataract, whether there has been a significant reduction vision or not. The most common symptoms of cataracts are blurring and dimming of vision. Let’s take a closer looks at causes, symptoms, and treatments of cataracts:
Cataracts are caused by a clouding or hardening of the eye’s lens. Things look blurry, hazy or less colorful with a cataract, akin to looking through a dusty or foggy window. Other symptoms may include double vision in only one eye, needing brighter light when reading, worsening night vision, increased sensitivity to bright light, or seeing halos around lights.
Cataracts are quite common with aging—75% of the U.S. population over the age of 65 has them. The good news is that cataract surgery techniques and technologies are always advancing, such as with the use of multifocal or toric lenses. (more…)
Cataracts are common and affect almost 75% of the U.S. population aged 65 and older. Cataracts are a gradual clouding and hardening of the eye’s lens, which results in reduced vision as you age. The most common symptoms of cataracts are blurring and dimming of vision, which may appear as a persistent glare or filminess, especially when the eyes are exposed to bright lights. With most cataracts, visual impairment progressively worsens without treatment.
Fortunately, cataract surgery is as common as the condition itself, and is usually very successful for restoring healthy vision. During cataract surgery, the eye surgeon removes the cloudy and hardened lens and replaces it with a new, artificial lens called an intraocular lens. Depending on a patient’s vision, a specific intraocular lens may be used to correct other distortions in vision, which may reduce or eliminate dependence on corrective eyeglasses. (more…)
You most likely know that your family’s health history is one of the most important risk factors for health problems like cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer. But did you know that genetics also play a role in numerous eye diseases, including disorders that are the leading cause of blindness among infants, children, and adults? While there are many eye or ocular diseases that are known to be caused by genetics, most of them are rare. Let’s explore the 4 most common eye diseases that you may have an increased risk of developing due to genetics. (more…)
If your parents or grandparents had cataracts it’s normal to be concerned that you might develop them too. We often hear from patients who tell us about an older family member that could barely see out of a cloudy whitish-looking eye. They worry this will be their fate as well.
While genetics do increase your risk of developing cataracts, aging is more likely to be the culprit. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, cataracts affect more than 24.4 million Americans over the age of 40, and approximately half of all Americans have cataracts by age 75.
However, even if you develop cataracts—due to genetics, aging, a combination of both, or another medical condition—that doesn’t mean you’re destined for the same near-blinded cloudy-whitish eye scenario your older relative endured. With a basic understanding of cataracts, including the symptoms and what you can do to protect your eyes, you can maintain optimal vision as you age. (more…)
Cataract removal is a relatively simple procedure and takes about 10 minutes to perform during an average uncomplicated operation. Recovery time is also fairly minimal (about four weeks for complete healing), but there are a number of things you must do to keep it that way.
If you’re experiencing frequent eye irritation or unusual vision changes, do you make an appointment with your optician, optometrist, or your ophthalmologist? What if you need to schedule a comprehensive eye exam, update your current lens prescription, or adjust the nose pads on your glasses? Would you call the same office?
According to the National Eye Institute (NEI), the number of cataract cases in the United States rose 20 percent (from 20.5 to 24.4 million) between 2000 and 2010. The NEI is expecting those rates to continue increasing and predict ~50 million cataract diagnoses by 2050.
Age-related cataracts are typically found in people over the age of 40. When the body ages, the eyes age as well. The lens of the eye is primarily composed of water and protein, but over time, proteins in the eye may start clumping together to form what we call “cataracts.
When we diagnose patients with an eye disorder where significant vision loss is a primary symptom, eye surgery is frequently the most practical solution. Below are three of the most common eye surgery procedures we perform to help our patients see better: