Cataracts are most commonly related to the aging of the eye and are the leading cause of visual disability in people over the age of 65. Seventy-five percent of all cataracts are age related and more than half of American seniors have a cataract. Adult cataracts develop slowly and painlessly with a gradual loss of vision. Recent medical research indicates that exposure to excessive sunlight and smoking may accelerate the development of cataracts.
More frequent eyeglass and contact lens changes may be a temporary remedy, but surgery is the only treatment for cataracts. Cataract surgery involves the removal of the clouded lens and replacing it with a new clear artificial lens called an intraocular lens (IOL). Cataract surgery is among the most frequent and safest surgical procedure performed each year. Recently, new advances in accommodative intraocular lens technology are allowing some patients to enjoy clearer vision while also reducing dependence on reading glasses. Your doctor can assist you in determining if cataract surgery is the best option for correcting your vision and deciding on which lens option will best meet your unique vision needs.
Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure and can be performed using local or topical anesthesia. Morganton Eye Physicians is pleased to provide modern surgical procedures for the removal of cataracts at our own outpatient surgery centers which are dedicated exclusively to our patients and their eye care needs.
Symptoms of Cataracts Include:
- Cloudy or filmy vision
- Fading of colors
- Poor night vision, especially when driving
- Glare and light sensitivity
- Double vision
- Halos around lights
- The pupil of the eye appears milky.