Cataracts are a common eye condition causing vision loss, especially in
older individuals, though even young patients can develop cataracts. Contrary
to popular belief, cataracts are not a growth or film on the lens of the
eye, but rather a clouding of the lens of the eye.
vary based on the severity of the cataracts. If the cataracts remain small,
they may not affect vision much at all, but the larger and denser the
cataracts, the more they will affect vision, requiring
Once cataracts begin to develop, it is not possible to reverse the cloudiness
of the lens or to halt further development. Cataract surgery is the only
way to restore vision that is lost due to cataracts. During surgery, the
clouded lens will be removed and replaced with an artificial lens implant.
Unlike other eye conditions, treating cataracts isn’t urgent (unless
they are so advanced you are completely unable to see) because although
they affect your vision, cataracts do not typically cause damage to the eye.
As cataracts develop, they can affect your ability to see in several ways.
Some common symptoms of cataracts include:
o Difficulty seeing street signs, curbs and freeway exits
o Difficulty seeing traffic lights, or seeing a halo or glare around lights
o Difficulty focusing while watching TV or movies
o Difficulty seeing the faces clearly
o Difficulty writing and reading
o Difficulty playing games or sports
o Difficulty navigating around the house with normal daily activities
to view a cataract simulator to see how cataracts might affect your vision.
Cataract Treatment Options
In order to restore vision loss due to cataracts, the cataracts cannot
be “cleared.” Rather, the lens must be removed and replaced
with an implant. Key-Whitman provides several options to cataract patients
for lens replacement than the standard monofocal lens, which corrects
vision at a single distance. Multifocal lenses will correct vision at
a variety of distances and may even eliminate the need to wear reading
glasses following surgery. Cataract treatment options available at Key-Whitman include:
-- An intraocular, accomodating lens implant that is used to improve vision
near and far away. Individuals who undergo Crystalens® laser eye surgery
can eliminate their dependence on contact lenses, bifocals and reading
glasses. Crystalens® is the most advanced form of intraocular lens
implant cataract surgery. It is also the only naturally focusing lens
available to correct vision at multiple focus distances.
TECNIS® Multifocal Lens
-- An implantable lens used to correct near and far vision and may also
eliminate your need for reading glasses due to presbyopia. Ninety-four
percent of patients say they would choose TECNIS Multifocal lenses again.
AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR®
-- And intraocular lens (IOL) that is the latest advancement in cataract
surgery technology. The AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® IOL is designed to
provide enhanced image quality and a full range of vision, giving cataract
patients the best opportunity to live life free of glasses.
AcrySof® IQ Toric
-- Implantable lenses designed specifically for cataract patients with
astigmatism. If you have astigmatism, you may still experience blurred
and distorted vision with a monofocal intraocular lens, but the AcrySof®
IQ Toric lens will be better able to restore your vision.
If you are considering treatment for cataracts, contact Key-Whitman to
schedule a comprehensive exam
. We will be able to discuss all of your options with you. As with any
medical procedure, it’s best to do your research prior to committing
to treatment. Key-Whitman will help explain all of your options to you.
Are you considering treatment for cataracts? What are some of your primary
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