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Cataracts and Your Vision

Procedures

As you age, it is common to develop cataracts. A cataract occurs when the proteins in the natural lens clump together and cloud a small part of the lens. With advanced medical technology and highly-trained surgeons, cataracts don’t have to mean vision loss. Cataract surgery is a very common and procedure with a high success rate that is performed on thousands of Americans each year.

How Does Cataract Surgery Work?

 

Cataract Surgery CandidateDuring cataract surgery, the surgeon removes the clouded and deteriorated natural lens and replaces it with a clear plastic intraocular lens (IOL). The IOL lens will work the same way as your natural lens and will not be felt or seen. When deciding to have this procedure done, some people who are candidates for cataract surgery may be concerned about cost or general fear of the unknowns that come with surgery.

Others may deny the cataract is affecting their vision because the vision loss can be gradual, going unnoticed until symptoms like blurred vision begin to appear. It is important to understand the benefits of cataract surgery and how it can help keep you active in the things you like to do.

Cataract Surgery for Clearer Vision

 

If you choose not to have your cataract removed, the cataract will grow larger and cloud more surface area of the lens. The clouded area of the lens will distort how the light passes through the lens, causing symptoms such as:

  • Difficulty seeing at night
  • Seeing “halos” around lights
  • Colors appear faded or yellowed
  • Clouded, blurry or dimmed vision
  • Double vision in one eye
  • Frequent changes in the contact lens or eyeglass prescriptions

As the cataract worsens, it will distort your vision to the point that you will not be able to perform activities such as reading, operating machinery, and equipment, or driving. This limited ability can lead to frustration and even depression while possibly putting you or those around you in danger. Unlike other eye diseases, a cataract can be removed, improving your vision and overall eye health.  The sooner you have your cataract removed, the sooner you can regain clear vision and get back to the activities you enjoy

Regular Eye Exams to Maintain Your Eye Health

 

If you have cataracts, it is essential to schedule regular eye exams at Dittman Eyecare to ensure you stay informed about the progression of your cataracts or other eye conditions. These regular comprehensive exams can help keep you informed so you can make the best decision about scheduling cataract surgery when needed. Contact Dittman Eyecare today to learn more about our cataract exam and management services.

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