A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural focusing lens. Cataracts are associated with the normal aging process and are the leading cause of vision loss among adults over the age of 55. Eye injuries, certain medications, and diseases may also cause cataracts.
Cataracts are typically treated with surgery. Cataract surgery has made great advancements in the last decade, which have not only made the procedure faster – ten minutes and performed in the comfort of an outpatient surgery center – but also shortened the length of recovery time. Most patients are back to their daily routines within a day of surgery and provided new lens implant options give patients the ability to see far and near without the use of glasses. We will discuss the various types of intraocular implants so an informed decision may be made regarding the appropriate type of lens for each patient.
Once you have been diagnosed with cataracts, you should expect a follow-up consultation appointment with the surgeon to ensure that cataract surgery is right for you. After surgery, there are follow up appointments to ensure there are no secondary issues following the surgery.
What can a patient do at home to manage the condition / disease or prevent it?
Sunglasses can help to prevent cataracts from worsening, as it can often be brought on by UV light.