Over fifty percent of people over the age of 60, and quite a few younger than that, suffer from cataracts. In fact, cataracts are so common, it is said that everyone will develop a cataract if they live long enough.
A cataract is a progressive clouding of the eye’s natural lens that interferes with light passing through to the retina. Sufferers usually describe the condition as being similar to looking through a waterfall, or a piece of wax paper, with a gradual blurring or dimming of vision.
Reading may become more difficult and driving a car can actually become dangerous. Cataract sufferers may also be troubled by a bothersome glare, halos around the lights, or even double vision. And, as the cataract becomes worse, frequent changes in eyeglass prescriptions become progressively less helpful and, of course, more costly.
Currently, there is no medical treatment to reverse or prevent the development of cataracts. Once they form, there is only one way to achieve clear vision again, and that is to physically remove the cataract from inside the eye and replace it with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL).
During surgery, our surgeons will remove the cataract with a technique called phacoemulsification, also known as small-incision cataract surgery. For most individuals, no anesthesia will be required. The eye is numbed with a topical eye drop, so you won’t feel a thing! After the eye is numbed, a small self-sealing incision is made and the cataract is broken into microscopic particles using high-energy sound waves. These particles are then gently suctioned from the eye.
After the cataract has been removed, we implant the SmartLens,® the intraocular lens that will replaces your eye’s natural lens, allowing you to see clearly one again!
It can take months and even years for a cataract to fully develop, but if your vision is being affected, why wait? If you believe your quality of life could be improved by being able to see clearly, it’s time! When you’re ready for surgery, Quigley Eye Specialists will be here to help and guide you through every step of the process.