Below are some frequently asked questions about cataracts. Click on the (+) sign to expand for the answer.
WHAT IS A CATARACT?
A cataract is a progressive clouding of the eye’s natural lens that interferes with light passing through to the retina. Cataract sufferers usually describe the condition as being similar to looking through a waterfall, or a piece of wax paper, with gradual blurring or dimming of vision.
Reading may become more difficult and driving a car can actually become dangerous. Cataract sufferers may also be troubled by a bothersome glare, halos around lights, or even double vision. As the cataract becomes worse, frequent changes in eye-glass prescriptions may become necessary.
Once they form, there is only one way to achieve clear vision again, and that is to physically remove the cataract from the eye.
WHAT CAUSES CATARACTS?
Cataracts are part of the natural aging process. Cataracts typically begin developing between the ages of 40 – 50. Over fifty percent of people over the age of 60, and quite a few younger than that, suffer from cataracts. In fact, cataracts are so common it is said that everyone will develop a cataract if they live long enough.
WHO IS AT RISK FOR CATARACTS?
Everyone is at risk for cataracts. Cataracts are a condition that involves the clouding of the outer lens of the eye. Factors that increase your risk of cataracts include: extended exposure to UV rays, heredity, diabetes, drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, medications, trauma and age.
Cataracts generally affect people over the age of 60 and in some cases quite a few younger will suffer from cataracts. Cataracts are so common it has been said that everyone will develop a cataract if they live long enough.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF A CATARACT?
A cataract starts out very tiny, but as it grows you may notice that your vision becomes blurry, increased sensitivity to bright light, impaired depth perception, object edges may appear to fade into one another, colors may not appear as bright as they should be, poor night vision or frequent changes in your eye glass prescriptions or contact lenses.
HOW ARE CATARACTS DETECTED?
Cataracts can only be diagnosed by an eye care specialist.
HOW ARE CATARACTS TREATED?
Currently there is no medical treatment to reverse or prevent the development of cataracts. Once they form, there is only one way to achieve clear vision again, and that is to physically remove the cataract from the eye.
WHAT IS CATARACT SURGERY?
Cataract surgery is the most frequently performed surgery in the United States, with millions of surgeries done each year.
In your parent’s or grandparent’s day, cataract surgery was considered risky, required a lengthy hospital stay and was usually postponed for as long as possible. Today, cataract surgery is performed on an out-patient basis and takes only a few minutes. Patients can then go home and rest in comfort and avoid the inconvenience and expense of staying in a hospital.
Snead Eye Group has a variety of options for your IOL (intraocular lens). To read more about the available IOL packages click this link.
WHAT LIFESTYLE LENS OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE?
For the individual who desires the least amount of dependency on glasses AND the very best vision possible, at all ranges near through distance, for everything you do. Multifocal IOLs are the best of the best and desired by busy people on the go! This package includes: Advanced multifocal lens, and limbal relaxing incision if necessary
- Can eliminate the _need for glasses for most _activities.
- Multifocal IOLs may also be available that have the ability to correct astigmatism.
- Can be performed by LenSx.
For the individual who desires better distance vision and correction of astigmatism. Toric IOLs offer improved night vision and less dependence on glasses while driving. The ideal patient includes those bothered by astigmatism, people who utilize a computer for numerous tasks, and people who enjoy outdoor activities such as fishing, boating and golfing. This package includes:
High Definition Aspheric lens or Toric lens, and limbal relaxing incision if necessary.
- Ideal for patients who want clear distance vision without glasses.
- Can be performed by LenSx.
STANDARD MONOFOCAL IOLS
For the individual that desires good vision but doesn’t mind wearing glasses. This package includes: Basic Monofocal lens, usually correcting distance vision. However, if you have astigmatism you will need glasses for all ranges of vision.
- Costs are typically covered by Medicare and other insurance.
The final decision on which lens package is best for you will be determined by you and your surgeon once all testing and a full cataract evaluation are completed.
Convenient eyecare and surgical centers throughout Southwest Florida
SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT
Don’t wait to get your examination. Schedule your optical appointment today
Pay for medical expenses not covered by insurance with CareCredit