Most people have some clouding of their eye’s natural crystalline lens after the age of 60. This clouding is more commonly referred to as a cataract. About 50% of Americans in the age group of 65 – 74 have at least one cataract, and about 70% of those age 75 and over have cataract(s). Simply stated, when the eye’s lens becomes cloudy, light cannot be properly focused on the retina; thus, vision decreases. The only “cure” for poor vision due to a cataract is to remove the lens and implant a new, man-made lens called an intraocular lens (IOL).
Diagnosing & Treatment of Cataracts
Diagnosing a Cataract
Most cataracts develop as part of the aging process, but may be present at birth (congenital) or result from an injury, systemic disease (diabetes), or steroid use. Using specialized equipment, cataracts as well as other eye diseases, are diagnosed during a complete eye examination by an eye doctor. The mere presence of a cataract does not indicate the need for surgery. Some cataracts may be slow growing, and vision may be corrected by stronger glasses for a period of time. Some cataracts develop more rapidly than others and an eye doctor can monitor changes in vision and cataracts with periodic eye examinations.
No Stitch Cataract Surgery
The physicians at Alexandria Eye and Laser Center perform cataract surgery without any needles. There is no need for IV sedation, stitches, or an eye patch after surgery. Patients are able to resume most normal activities immediately after surgery. Astigmatism correction may also be accomplished at the time of cataract removal.
Premium Lens Options
Many patients choose freedom from glasses after cataract surgery.