According to the National Eye Institute, an estimated 24 million Americans are affected by cataracts, which is expected to grow to 38.7 million by 2030. A cataract is an eye disease that occurs when your eye’s clear lens becomes cloudy.
Cataracts commonly develop as you age. They’re the leading cause of vision loss in people over the age of 40. Vision issues from cataracts can change your lifestyle. You might not be able to fully enjoy hobbies like fishing and golfing or even taking a drive.
Don’t let cataracts change the way you live. You have treatment options, including laser-assisted refractive cataract surgery, that can help you enjoy life to the fullest again. Read on to learn more about cataracts and when you should seek treatment.
Typical Cataract Symptoms
Some of the first symptoms patients reports include blurry vision and sensitivity to light and glare. But as cataracts progress, symptoms can worsen. Your vision may become increasingly cloudier, affecting everything you do, especially driving and reading.
If you’re noticing symptoms of cataracts, schedule an appointment with your eye doctor for a full dilated examination to confirm it. Below are some of the most common cataract symptoms.
- Blurred vision
- Faded and dull colors
- Sensitivity to light
- Bad night vision
Is It Ever Too Late?
Aside from living a healthy lifestyle, there is little that anyone can do to prevent cataracts from forming. You can, however, be free of cataracts with cataract surgery. It is painless, and it only takes about 15 minutes per eye. Although cataract surgery is never an emergency, it is better to have it done before the cataract becomes too mature. As soon as you notice that cataracts are affecting your quality of life, you should consider starting the process.. Cataracts can be safely removed at any stage of cataract; however, it’s best to get it done as early as possible. Removing a cataract in its immature stage can help reduce surgery and recovery time.
For extra peace of mind, ask your cataract surgeon more about surgery and recovery during your consultation.
Cataract Surgery Options
Cataract surgery involves extracting the eye’s natural lens that has become cloudy or opaque, and replacing it with an Intraocular Lens (IOL).. Some cataract surgery options can even correct other visual impairments like presbyopia or vision loss related to aging and astigmatism.
At Clear Choice, we offer patients the most advanced IOL technology. Our two most commonly used IOLs include the Panoptix Trifocal Lens Implant and the Light Adjustable Lens Implant. These are not your only options; however, these implants offer even more vision benefits.
Panoptix Trifocal Lens Implant
This trifocal implant bends light that enters your eye, helping it focus on your retina. With this kind of correction, you’re able to focus on objects at various distances clearly. That means you’ll have a much easier time performing the activities you enjoy. This option is great for people who are nearsighted, farsighted, or for those with astigmatism. Patients who get the Panoptix lens are expected to be able to perform most activities at both near point and distance without glasses.
Some patients with cataracts also have other vision issues such as astigmatism. Not all IOLs can correct astigmatism, meaning cataract patients would only have some of their vision corrected. However, a new cataract lens implant called Vivity Lens can correct astigmatism and provides several other vision benefits. This lens can protect your eyes from UV ray damage and blue light from device screens. No other premium cataract lens offers this kind of eye protection or visual clarity. Contact us to learn more or to find out if you’re a candidate for Vivity Lens.
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Getting cataract surgery is an important decision that should be discussed between you and an expert surgeon. Our team has years of experience delivering successful laser cataract surgery.