Cataracts are the most common cause of impaired vision. They cloud the normally clear lens of the eye, causing images to blur – much as they would be seen through a dirty camera lens. No one is sure what causes cataracts, but risk factors may include aging, family history, eye injuries, certain diseases and some medications.
What are the symptoms?
Cataract symptoms include:
- Hazy or blurred vision.
- Steady deterioration of vision leading to more-frequent changes in your eyeglass prescription.
- Halos and glare appearing around lights at night; difficulty driving at night.
- Colors appearing less vivid than usual
Depending on a cataract’s density, vision loss can range from slight to complete.
None of these symptoms is “proof” of a cataract. A thorough examination by our staff of
ophthalmologists and optometrists can determine whether cataracts are present.
How Are Cataracts Treated?
There are no medicines, vitamins, diets or lifestyle changes known to either prevent or correct cataracts. Cataracts are correctable only through surgery; typically, the procedure is both routine and highly effective.
You can learn more about cataracts here.
Cataract surgery is considered by many a modern-day miracle. It is fast, simple, minimally invasive and typically creates dramatic improvement in vision. The procedure is routinely performed on an outpatient basis.
Grossnickle surgeons perform “no-stitch” cataract surgery. You will receive mild sedation and topical anesthetic drops. Working under a microscope, the surgeon will make a very small incision through which the cataract will be removed and an interocular lens implanted.
The entire procedure takes less than 15 minutes. You will be awake throughout, and experience little or no discomfort.
After surgery, you’ll receive complete instructions from the nursing staff. You will be examined the following day, and may then resume normal activity, generally without restriction. Follow up appointments with your optometrist, for further examination and new glasses, may be scheduled as appropriate.
Using the very latest surgical restoration
techniques, we perform cataract surgery at our Grossnickle
Eye Surgery Center in Warsaw, IN and also at the Allied
Physicians Surgery Center in Mishawaka, IN.