Gone are the days when anyone suffering from a cataract was doomed to a life of muted color, blurred vision and curious glances. Nearly 90% of Americans have developed a cataract by the age of 65 and removal surgeries are happening every single day across the country, with success rates which are almost bafflingly high.
Cataracts tend to affect those who are over the age of 50 more than others, however every exam at Twin Lakes Vision Clinic takes a close look at the front of the eye to search for any tell-tale traces of lens clouding. If you are suffering from a cataract, then you should make an appointment for a tailored exam at our practice, where we can analyze your condition and evaluate your suitability for surgery.
Not 100% of patients suffering from a cataract are suitable candidates for removal surgery, therefore it’s imperative that you seek out a professional assessment.
Certain individuals may consider surgery to be quite an extreme measure for an eye disease which does not cause immediate blindness or any physical pain, but when the treatment maintains a success rate of 98% or higher, the risk really is incredibly small.
If you are unfortunate enough to have a cataract in both eyes, you may have forgotten just how wonderful it is to see the world in full color, perfect clarity and without impairment. Speak with a member of the Twin Lakes Vision Clinic team and learn what we can do for you.
By far the most common treatment for cataracts is removal surgery which is, as they say, a piece of proverbial cake. The entire procedure can take less than 90 minutes to complete, with the actual surgery lasting barely 20 minutes in total.
The first thing the surgeon does is dilate your eyes using specialized eye drops, as well as administering a local anaesthetic to ensure your comfort during the exam. High frequency ultrasound is used to slowly break up the cataract on the lens before it is removed via suction – that’s it, the cataract is now gone forever.
Your lens will be replaced with a manufactured intraocular lens (IOL) onto which no future cataract can grow. Recovery can last last up to several weeks while you adjust to your repaired vision and the new lens.
While it’s true that cataracts tend to develop in adults over the age of 50 or 60 years old, it is not unheard of for them to develop in children and newborns. In fact, around 1 to 15 in every 10,000 children are born with a cataract in one or both eyes. This condition is known as congenital cataracts and can cause blindness. It is imperative that your child undergoes specialized children’s eye exams every year during their development.
It’s also worth keeping note of the most common symptoms and prominent risk factors which can contribute to the development of cataracts.