Effective Treatments for Cataracts
Clearing Up Your Vision with a Single Surgery
Blurred or clouded vision may be a sign that you are developing cataracts, and it’s time for a visit with your ophthalmologist. Our professional cataract doctors can complete a comprehensive eye exam to detect any signs of a cataract and the extent of its presence. With over 35 years of experience and a true dedication to improving your vision, you can count on our team to provide you with the best possible results.
What are cataracts?
Many people may believe that a cataract is a film over the eye lens. However, a cataract is actually a clouding of the normally clear lens of the natural eye. Seeing through cataracts is a bit like looking through a frosty or fogged-up window. This clouded, blurry vision can make it very difficult to drive, read, or even see the faces of your loved ones. Most cataracts develop slowly, but eventually, cataracts will start to interfere with your vision. Watch the video below for more information on how cataracts develop over time.
- Blurry vision
- Clouded or dim vision
- Need for brighter light for reading and other activities
- Changes in the way you see color
- Increasing difficulty with vision at night
- Seeing “halos” around lights
- Sensitivity to light and glare
- Double vision in a single eye
- Frequent changes in eyeglass or contact lens prescription
- Fading or yellowing of colors
What causes cataracts
The lens of the eye works like a camera lens, focusing light onto the retina for clear vision. The lens is made up of mostly water and protein. A cataract may start to form when age or injury causes the proteins to start clumping together and clouding small areas of the lens. Other possible causes include:
- Inherited genetic disorders
- Infection, injury, or poor development in the womb (Congenital cataracts)
- Significant alcohol consumption
- Previous eye surgery
- Medical conditions like diabetes
- Long-term steroid use
- Other eye problems
Treatments and solutions
When cataracts symptoms start to appear, you may be able to improve your vision for a while using new glasses, bifocals, magnification, brighter lights, or other visual aids.
As cataracts start to negatively affect your everyday life, you should talk to the experienced eye doctor at Spindel Eye Associates about cataract surgery. This relatively painless surgery is highly successful, helping 9 out of 10 people regain very good vision.
During the procedure, the cataract surgeon administers a topical anesthesia before using a small-incision, no-stitch microscopic technique to remove your clouded lens and replace it with a clear, foldable plastic intraocular lens (IOL). The surgery takes about 30 minutes.
After the surgery, you can expect your vision to begin improving within a few days. Your eye may feel itchy or uncomfortable for a while, but avoid rubbing it. You will go in for follow-up visits with your eye doctor a day or two after surgery, the following week, and then again after about a month to monitor the cataract surgery recovery.
Cataract surgery costs are often covered by Medicare or private medical insurance, but speak with your cataract doctor if you have any additional concerns.
Learn more about our process by calling (603) 434-4193 in Derry or (603) 432-9578 in Londonderry. Schedule a cataract appointment now.