WHAT IS A CATARACT?
As people age, the lens of the eye can become hard and the muscles around the eye may struggle to mold the shape of the lens. This hardening of the lens may occur in your forties, but cataracts usually do not appear until you are in your sixties. As the lens hardens, the color of the lens may change from clear to brownish, decreasing the quality of vision and perception. This is a cataract.
Cataract Symptoms and Causes
As cataracts begin to develop, glasses and contact lenses are options for many individuals in the beginning, before cataracts develop into a major problem. There are various contact lens types to choose from, whether for an active lifestyle, people who work outdoors, or for people who do not like how they look in glasses. For some individuals who have had eye surgery in the past, contact lenses are the preferred choice over glasses, as glasses sometimes produce an uneven vision for these people. As a conventional treatment for cataracts, glasses and contact lenses provide a temporary fix to the problem.
The changing shape of the lens, as well as the changing color of the eye, results in difficulty judging distances and focusing on near or intermediate objects. Bifocals or reading glasses are used to offset the limited focusing ability of your lens. Many patients do not notice this gradual loss of vision over the years. Symptoms frequently noted in patients with cataracts are a painless blurring of vision, glare or light sensitivity, poor night vision, needing brighter light to read, fading or yellowing of colors, and frequent changes in prescription with little improvement.
Do I Need Cataract Surgery?
As a cataract continues to develop, Cataract Surgery becomes the optimal choice for improved vision and quality of life. For over twenty years, Newsom Eye has been your trusted cataract specialist and helped thousands of patients enjoy their NEWSOM EYES!
Newsom Eye can help restore and enhance the quality of vision after a cataract develops with the top Cataract Surgery services on the market today. Newsom Eye is proud to perform all surgical procedures in state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery centers that hold Medicare-deemed status through accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), which is the highest level of nationally recognized standard of care for outpatient surgery centers. Newsom Eye offers replacement lens options so that each patient can find the lens that meets their unique needs and lifestyle.
Is Cataract Surgery Safe?
Offering the safest and most successful Cataract Surgery, the Newsom Eye team, led by cataract surgeon T. Hunter Newsom, MD, inventor of the Newsom Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery technique, will remove the natural lens and replace it with a new, clear replacement lens called an intraocular lens (IOL). In the past, surgeons would remove the lens and prescribe glasses to focus the eye. Today, our Newsom Eye team is able to insert an IOL inside the eye where the old lens or cataract was located. This procedure can reduce the need for glasses for focusing at distance, intermediate, and near vision. Our Newsom Eye surgeons offer the most advanced technology and options for your cataract surgery.
Also, check out our Cataract FAQs for answers to other frequently asked questions about cataract surgery.