Statistics show that 70 percent of all people over the age of 75 develop
cataracts, and it can affect younger people as well. But, what are cataracts,
and what sort of treatment of cataracts is available in Dallas?
A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens inside of the eye. This lens,
which is located behind the iris, works just like the lens of a camera
to focus light images onto the retina. The retina then sends signals to
the brain and the brain interprets them as an image. If this lens becomes
too clouded, it can prevent light and images from reaching the retina.
Cataracts can be the reason that sharp images become blurry and bright
colors become dull. Seeing at night often becomes difficult as well making
driving impossible because of trouble with the glare of oncoming headlights.
Vision with cataracts has been described as seeing through an old, cloudy
film. Despite this description of how things look with cataracts, there
is not really a “film” over the eyes, and it will not go away
on its own. Eye injuries, certain diseases, some medications, and age
can all cause this clouding. The only way to treat cataracts is with surgery
that removes the old, natural lens, and replaces it with a new, artificial
one. This process often results in restoration of vision, and can significantly
improve quality of life.
There are several options available when it comes to the artificial lenses
that can be implanted to treat cataracts. The AcrySof
ReSTOR lens uses an innovative optical technology called “apodization,”
which makes it uniquely effective, especially when placed in both eyes.
Similar technology has been used for years in microscopes and telescopes
to improve image quality.
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