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A cataract is an opacification or clouding of the lens that affects vision. Vision loss occurs because the cataract blocks the path of light through the eye and prevents proper focus on the retina. The lens is important for focusing light on the retina so that images appear clear and without distortion, and the clouding of the lens during cataract formation distorts vision. Cataracts are usually a very gradual process of normal aging but can occasionally develop rapidly. They commonly affect both eyes but it is not uncommon for a cataract in one eye to advance more rapidly. Cataracts are very common, affecting roughly 60% of people over the age of 60 and over 1.5 million cataracts surgeries are performed in the United States each year.
What are the symptoms of a cataract?
Can I do anything to prevent cataract formation?
Unfortunately, no, as most cataracts are age related and everyone who lives long enough will develop cataracts. Factors that can cause premature cataract formation include:
How are cataracts treated?
The standard treatment for cataracts is surgery. The opacified lens is removed and an Intraocular Lens implant (IOL) is usually put in its place. Cataract surgery is a very common procedure that provides the surgeon with an opportunity to decrease a patients dependance on glasses. There are a number of IOL options available. These options, as well as the risks and benefits of surgery will be explained by the surgeon.
There are three types of presbyopic lenses. Crystalens® is a pseudo-accommodative IOL that helps to increase your range of vision by simulating accommodation (the eye’s ability to focus on a near target).
The professionals at Eye Consultants of Syracuse can help you decide if surgery is your best option. Eye Consultants has trained physicians on staff who specialize in cataract disease and surgery. These surgeons have years of experience with both standard and complex cases and have been trained in the most up-to-date techniques and instrumentation.
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