Diagnosing cataracts: Obstructed, cloudy vision.
A cataract is a clouding that emerges in the eye’s crystalline lens or lens capsule. The clouding can range in intensity from minor to major opacity, and block the flow of light into the eye, seriously affecting one’s vision.
The eye’s natural lens is constructed of water and protein. The protein is fashioned to keep the lens unblemished and light passing through it unobstructed. Often, as individuals age, the protein may begin to cluster together. A small cloud then forms on the eye’s natural lens, and becomes a cataract. Over time, more protein may continue to clump together, increasing the size of the cloud. As the size of the cataract expands, it becomes increasingly difficult to see clearly.
Treating Cataracts: Extremely high success rates.
Levin Eyecare patients often opt for new visual enhancements such as glasses, bifocals, or strong lighting when cataract symptoms start to materialize. However, when individuals find that their vision quality is seriously impaired, surgery is strongly recommended. While compromised sight is judged to be an incontrovertible fact associated with aging, cataract surgery is an easy, pain-free option to restore quality of life with reinstated vision.
The success rate for cataract surgery is extremely high. In fact, cataract surgery is the most regularly performed procedure in the United States, with 1.5 million surgeries scheduled each year. During the procedure, Levin Eyecare surgeons detach the clouded, compromised lens of a patient and exchange it for an intraocular lens, which is constructed of clear plastic. Intraocular lens are often called by their acronyms – IOLs.
Technology continues to design even more advanced intraocular lenses; thus, surgery becomes less and less complicated. If you or a loved one is experiencing vision loss that may be the result of cataracts, contact us.