Cataract Treatment

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What Are Cataracts?

female4-eyeglasses.jpgBehind the iris and pupil of our eye lies the natural lens, which helps to refract and focus light on our retina and allows us to see clearly. Brought on by the aging of our body, the lens becomes cloudy and loses its ability to focus that light, causing blurry vision. This cloudiness of the lens is known as a cataract, usually occurring in adults past the age of 40 and is the leading cause of vision loss in that age group. In America alone, about half of all Americans will experience a cataract or will have cataract surgery by the time they reach the age of 80.

How Are Cataracts Caused?

The lens of your eye is made up of water and protein. The protein is arranged in a certain structure and pattern that makes it possible for light to pass through and reach the retina. As we age, this protein can begin to clump together in certain areas of the lens, making it more difficult for light to pass through those sections and negatively affecting your vision.

Cataract research has revealed possible causes of cataracts beyond the natural aging process. Risk factors for developing cataracts include:

  • Health & Nutrition
  • Ultraviolet Radiation
  • Other eye injuries or conditions
  • Use of certain medications
  • Family History
  • Smoking

Can Cataracts Be Treated Or Prevented?

Since cataracts develop due to age, there is no exact way to prevent them. It is argued that certain nutrients and supplements could potentially reduce the risk of cataracts, but will not stop their development.

Despite the lack of preventative measures, cataracts can be treated. In the early stages of a cataract, the blurry vision may not be severe and can be temporarily fixed with prescription glasses or contact lenses. For more advanced cases of cataracts, your vision will need to be restored through cataract surgery.

Lens Options for Modern Cataract Surgery

Once you’ve been told that you are a candidate for cataract surgery, you have an important decision to make. Advanced technology now affords you the option to upgrade you cataract surgery by electing to use a premium intraocular lens (IOLs). These new lenses allow people to see near, far and all distances in between with less or even no dependence on glasses or contact lenses!

Contact Eye Surgeons Associates Today!

If you would like to know more about cataracts, find out steps you can take to reduce your risk, or see how you can treat your existing cataracts, contact us and schedule an appointment with Eye Surgeons Associates today. Our professional ophthalmologists provide general and surgical vision services so you can keep your eyes healthy and your vision clear. We proudly offer our comprehensive vision services to families in Monroe, Ida, Rockwood, Flatrock, Dundee, and the surrounding areas.