What is a cataract?
A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens inside the eye. Cataracts develop as part of the natural aging process of the eye. However, cataract development can be caused by or be speed up by previous eye surgery, injury, certain diseases, and even some medications. Cataract development usually does not harm the eye but causes blurry vision.
Cataracts usually progress slowly over a period of years and in early stages, stronger eyeglasses or brighter light may help. As cataracts progress and the lens becomes more cloudy, patients often experience symptoms such as painless blurry vision, glare, and haloes around lights at night, double vision in one eye, need for bright light to read, and fading or yellowing of colors.
How is a cataract detected?
By performing a thorough eye examination, your eye doctor can detect the presence of a cataract. Careful evaluation will also rule out any other conditions that may be causing blurred vision or other eye problems.
Problems with other parts of the eye (such as the cornea, retina, or optic nerve) can be responsible for vision loss and may prevent you from having much or any improvement in vision after surgery. If improvement in your vision is unlikely, cataract removal may not be recommended. Your eye doctor can tell you how much visual improvement is likely.
How is a cataract treated?
When should surgery be done?
Cataract surgery should be considered when cataracts cause enough loss of the clarity of your vision to interfere with your daily activities. Based on your symptoms you and your eye doctor should decide together when cataract surgery is appropriate.
If it is determined that it is time for surgery, your surgeon will do a complete evaluation of your eyes and also do measurements for the artificial lens that will be implanted to replace your natural lens that has become a cataract. Are you interested in Cataract Surgery?
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August 28, 2019
Dr. Gilles is a Nebraska native where she earned her Bachelors of Science in Comprehensive Biology from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. She obtained her Doctorate of Optometry and Masters in Vision Science Research while attending Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. During this time, she designed and executed her first research study to evaluate the effects of hydration on dry eye findings and symptoms...
July 15, 2019
Dr. Schild is our new optometric physician with a passion for quality patient care and enriching patient understanding of their eyes. She offers routine eye care and specializes in evaluating and managing eye conditions like cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and eye infections. Dr. Schild also co-manages patients before and after cataract and LASIK/PRK surgeries...