A cataract is a cloudy area in the normally clear lens in the front of the eye. There is no pain associated with the condition but there are other symptoms, including:
• Blurred/hazy vision
• Spots in front of the eye(s)
• Sensitivity to glare
• A feeling of "film" over the eye(s)
Risk factors for developing cataracts include being over 55 years old, eye injury or disease, a family history of cataracts, smoking or use of certain medications.
For people who are significantly affected by cataracts, lens replacement surgery may be recommended. During cataract surgery, a small ultrasonic probe is inserted into the eye which breaks up, or emulsifies, surgery requires a small incision of only 2.75 mm or less. It is a painless procedure and there are no injections. Eye drops to numb your eye will be given along with IV sedation.
Once the cataract is removed, we implant an intra-ocular lens (IOL) made of acrylic or silicone that will last the rest of your life.