Cataract treatment

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What Is A Cataract?

A cataract is the clouding of an eye’s lens. Cataracts form when the two dominant elements that make up our eye’s lens, water and protein, “clump”together and blocking/blurring vision.

Everyone will eventually get cataracts. Regardless of gender, race, or daily habits, you will get a cataract one day. This condition is very common and affects nearly half of all Americans by the age of 80. The good news is that you don’t have to live with cataracts.

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How Do I Know If I Have Cataracts?

If you answer “Yes”to any of these questions, you may be showing early signs of cataracts, or have a cataract already.

  • Is your vision yellowing?
  • Do you see a lot of glare?
  • Are colors changing?
  • Are you having difficulty driving or recognizing faces?
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Modern Cataract Surgery:

The surgery center at the Delaware Eye Institute combines the most modern eye surgery technology and technique with a warm and friendly atmosphere. This combination promises patients an unparalleled surgical experience.

Modern cataract surgery has undergone a revolution in the past decade. Today,cataract surgery is less invasive than many dental procedures. The newest-generation equipment offered at the Delaware Eye Institute is more efficient and gentle on the eye. This efficiency leads to more patient comfort, less inflammation, more rapid recovery and better visual outcomes.

Intraocular lenses(IOLs) are permanent, replacement lenses placed in the eye following removal of a cataract. Like a camera lens, IOLs focus your vision and deliver a crisp, clear image.

Diagram of 5 types on IOLs

Different types of premium IOLs can target different pre-existing refractive errors such as astigmatism, farsightedness, and nearsightedness.

  • Monofocal IOL: Assists patients in distance activities and helps lessen dependence on glasses.
  • Advanced Technology IOLs (AT IOLs): Offers variable distance viewing with greater possibility that glasses or contacts will not be needed.
  • Toric IOLs: Reduces or eliminates corneal astigmatism while greatly improving distance vision in patients.
Diagram of how and IOL works in the eye

Premium IOLs are far more advanced than the standard lenses used for lens replacement.While standard lenses are effective in improving vision and delivering a clear image, premium lenses can specifically correct astigmatism as well as distance, mid-range, and near vision, reducing or even eliminating dependence on glasses or contacts for many patients.

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Frequently Asked Questions

ARE CATARACTS TREATABLE?

Yes! For those who have already developed a formal cataract, typically found in patientsages 60 and above, we recommend modern cataract surgery.

WHAT ARE THE RISK FACTORS FOR CATARACTS?

By the age of 65, most Americans will have developed cataracts, which occur when your human lens becomes clouded to such an extent that it affects your vision and quality of life. This condition typically occurs with age, but can also result from trauma, disease, and use of certain medications.

Several groups have an increased risk for developing cataracts and eventually need cataract surgery. Examples include:

  • Smokers
  • Diabetics
  • Steroid users
  • Patients who have experienced trauma

WHAT IS CATARACT SURGERY?

Cataract surgery isa simple procedure with a great success record. The clouded natural lens is replaced with an artificial lens called an intraocular lens(IOL). It is done on an outpatient basis with a topical anesthetic that will make it a painless procedure. One eye is done at a time, with a short healing period in between.

After making a very small incision outside your field of vision, your eye surgeon will insert a tiny probe and use ultrasound to break up the clouded natural lens. With suction, the pieces are easily removed, and through the same incision, the IOL is inserted and positioned correctly. You may have a protective shield to wear during sleep for about a week, and your eye surgeon will prescribe eye drops to be used several times each day for several weeks. For best results, it is very important that you follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions exactly.

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