Cataracts - KOTA Territory News

Cataracts

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.

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