The eyes are susceptible to injury and many diseases and disorders at any age but as we age the eye becomes a target for several age-related diseases. One of these diseases that generally affect the vision of seniors is a cataract. A cataract slowly hampers the eye’s ability to see clearly and will eventually lead to blindness in the affected eye. Cataracts can occur in one eye or in both eyes at the same general time but are not transferred from one eye to the other. Eye surgery consultation in Linden from our Eyes on You practice can help to determine if a cataract is present and when surgery is a viable option for the patient.
A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens of the eye, which performs the same light gathering and focusing tasks for the eye as a camera lens does on a camera. The lens is made of protein, which as we age can begin to clump together, which is commonly thought to be the cause of cataracts. Over time the protein will continue to clump causing the cataract to grow until it is ready for eye surgery. The National Eye Institute estimates that more than half of the population over age 80 will form a cataract at some point. Those people who smoke or suffer from diabetes are at a greater risk for cataracts. According to our eye surgery consultation in Linden practice, symptoms of a cataract include, blurred vision, a increasing difficulty in driving especially at night, a brownish tint in vision as well as difficulty in reading and recognizing facial features.
Our eye surgery consultation in Linden will determine when refractory surgery should be done based on when the cataract has reached an advanced level that it is affecting our patient’s quality of life and ability to do whatever they want. In essence, our patients decide when the time has come to undergo cataract surgery. As the cataract develops before surgery is indicated, which can take several years in some cases; our doctors will treat the cataract with stronger vision correction prescriptions and recommending stronger lighting for reading as well as the use of sunglasses when outdoors. We will work with an ophthalmologist, who will perform the surgery on pre- and post-surgical care. If your vision has begun to get blurry give our office a call to set up an appointment.