Understanding Cataract Treatment Options

eye examination machineContrary to what many believe, cataracts are not a growth or film on the eye—they are a clouding of the focusing lens of the eye caused by protein deposits on the lens. The progression of cataracts cannot be slowed or reversed. Once cataracts begin to develop, there is no way to make the lens clear again. Cataracts will steadily limit a person’s ability to perform simple tasks such as seeing street signs, reading a book or
driving at night.

In order to restore vision that has been lost due to cataracts, the clouded lens must be removed and replaced with an artificial lens implant. There are a number of treatment options available to cataract patients dependent on their vision needs and lifestyle.

Understanding cataract treatment options

High technology lenses: Patients who live an active lifestyle and do not want the hassle of wearing glasses all of the time after cataract surgery have the option of high technology lenses, such as Trulign® and Crystalens®, TECNIS® Multifocal Lens orAcrySof® IQ ReSTOR®. These high technology lens options give patients the option of keeping their active lifestyle without the encumbrance of glasses and contacts after cataract surgery for most daily activities.

Correction for cataracts and astigmatism: Toric lens and Limbal Relaxing Incisions (LRI) are two options for patients who also have astigmatism and cataracts. These treatment options may leave the patient less dependent on glasses for most activities that require distance vision, although the patient may still need glasses for activities such as reading.

Monofocal lenses or traditional lenses: Patients who don’t mind wearing glasses and do not have astigmatism may prefer traditional lens implants or monofocal lenses. These cataract treatment options are the most basic type of lens implant. With monofocal or traditional lenses, your vision is typically in focus at only one distance, either near or far. A monofocal lens implant can provide very good vision but only at one set distance, usually distance vision for activities like driving. They do not correct near vision for doing things like playing cards or seeing a golf ball on a tee. The majority of patients electing to have Monofocal or Traditional Lens Implants will be dependent on glasses or bifocals either some or most of the time.

If you notice symptoms of cataracts, (including difficulty seeing, blurred vision or seeing a halo or glare around lights), experienced a change in your vision or noticed that you have difficulty completing simple daily tasks, contact Key-Whitman today for a comprehensive eye exam and to discuss your cataract treatment options.