Cataracts is a condition where the lens of your eye becomes blurry and impairs your vision so you feel like you’re looking through a cloud. Your risk of developing cataracts increases as you get older. Dr. Steven L. Cahan offers expert diagnosis and treatments for cataracts from his practice in Asheville, North Carolina. Call or schedule an appointment online today.
Cataracts is an eye condition that develops when the lens of your eye hardens and becomes cloudy. The lens of your eye is located behind your iris, the colored part of your eye, and focuses light on your retina. When your lens hardens and gets foggy, it impairs its ability to focus light and thus, your vision.
Cataracts typically develop slowly as you get older and many people don’t notice the slow deterioration of their vision. It is possible for cataracts to develop quickly with pronounced changes to your vision.
Some of the risk factors for cataracts include:
When you develop cataracts, your vision becomes impaired. Colors look dull and you might notice fuzzy or blurred vision. You might also have trouble seeing or driving at night or even experience double vision.
Surgery is the only way to treat cataracts. However, Dr. Cahan only suggests cataract surgery if your vision is impaired to the point where your life and daily activities are disrupted.
Cataract surgery is usually an outpatient procedure performed with a local anesthetic. The procedure is quite brief and since there’s no need for general anesthesia, there is little risk associated with the surgery.
Specialized tools and a technique called phacoemulsification are used to remove the cataracts with small incisions. These cuts don’t require stitches and allow your eye to heal quickly. Phacoemulsification uses ultrasonic waves, much like a laser uses light, to remove cataracts through just a small incision.
The cataract is gnerally replaced with an intraocular lens during the surgery.
An intraocular lens implant is an artificial lens made of silicone or acrylic material that is implanted in your eye to replace a natural lens that is severely hardened and clouded with cataracts. In addition to restoring your vision loss due to cataracts, intraocular lenses can also repair refractive vision impairments like nearsightedness and farsightedness.
If you’re concerned about cataracts, call or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Cahan’s office today.