Cataract Affliction Pie Chart

Over 24 Million

The number of Americans, age 40 and older, currently affected by Cataracts

Outline Chart


The percentage of people by the age of 65 who will develop cataracts

Graph of people with Cataracts in 2020

30.1 Million

The expected number of individuals with Cataracts by 2020

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Cataracts affect millions of aging Americans. In many cases, they can be treated with visual enhancements like eyeglasses or even strong lighting. However, as vision becomes more impaired, surgery is strongly recommended. Fortunately, today’s technology results in extremely high success rates. Our cataract surgery, with the help of the LenSx Laser System, is easy, pain-free, and can restore vision—improving your quality of life.

We use the AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® Trifocal Lens. The PanOptix® Lens is the first trifocal lens available in the U.S.  It allows for better near and intermediate vision compared to the standard monofocal lens.

4 M
for cataracts performed in the U.S. each year
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How are cataracts treated?

To treat cataracts, our typical first step is a non-invasive approach which might include glasses, bifocals, or even exposure to strong lighting conditions. However, more serious cases may require cataract surgery—a pain-free procedure with high success rates. With the use of the LenSx Laser System and the new AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® Trifocal Lens our cataract surgery can get your vision back on track.

Watch Dr. Shalaby explains how we treat cataracts at Levin Eyecare.

What is a cataract?

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Q.What if I have cataracts and glaucoma?
    If you're suffering from Glaucoma and Cataracts and are preparing for cataract surgery the iStent inject® may be the right fit for you.  The iStent inject® can be inserted during cataract surgery to help successfully manage intraocular pressure.
  • Q.What is a trifocal lens?
    A trifocal lens is an intraocular lens (IOL) that provides near, intermediate, and distance vision for clear, complete focus. The PanOptix® Lens is the first and only trifocal lens for cataracts in the United States that delivers enhanced quality and a complete range of vision.
  • Q.What causes cataracts?
    The lens of your eye is made up of mostly water and protein. The proteins arrange themselves automatically to help your eye focus on things—similar to a camera lens. Overtime, these proteins can clump together leading to cloudiness. Sometimes this can be brought on by smoking, diabetes, or other illnesses. But in many cases, it is simply a result of wear and tear over time.
  • Q.I think I have cataracts but don’t know for sure. What can I do to find out?
    If you suspect you may have cataracts, you are probably right. Cataracts appear as a soft cloudiness in your vision. The best thing to do would be to see your optometrist for a thorough exam.
  • Q.If I have cataracts, am I going to lose my vision?
    As long as your eyes don't go left untreated, you should be able to prevent loss of vision. Regular eye exams will lead to early detection, resulting in a number of treatment options based on how far the cataracts have progressed.
  • Q.What are my treatment options?
    Depending on the level of severity, you may be prescribed specialty eyeglasses. We may also suggest brighter lighting in your home or office. However, for more severe cases, surgery may be an option. We will surgically remove the affected lens and replace it with an artificial one. The procedure is extremely effective and pain-free. Our physicians will discuss potential options with you based on your exam results.