Cataracts develop slowly and are usually caused by the natural aging process. However, eye trauma, long term steroid use, inflammation and prior eye surgeries can also lead to the development of a cataract. Since the eye works like a camera, the lens in the front of the eye focuses what you see onto the film in the back of the eye. This is the retina. When this lens becomes cloudy, a cataract is developing.
The early symptoms of cataracts include difficulty with night driving, halos appearing around lights, sensitivity to light, double vision in one eye and challenges when reading small print. Cataracts do not cause any pain or redness. However, when you reach the point where you are unhappy with your vision and new glasses and/or contacts cannot improve it, your doctor at Mecklenburg Eye Associates will discuss the cataract surgery procedures we offer as surgery is the only way to treat cataracts.
Cataract surgery is one of the safest, most effective surgical procedures being offered today. It is generally painless and takes around 15 minutes to perform. Done on an outpatient basis, the eye is anesthetized with eye drops and then an incision is made to remove the cataract. This is replaced by a lens. There are several options for the type of lens that will be inserted. Rarely are shots, needles or stitches required as the incision is quite small and the eye heals naturally. The healing process typically takes less than a month. Most patients can return to normal activities the day after their cataract surgery.
Your vision will then be clearer and sharper; colors will be much brighter. Plus, most patients are much less dependent on glasses and some never have to wear them again.
For more information regarding cataracts and cataract surgery, please contact us at (800) 628-EYES (3937) to schedule a consultation. An appointment can also be scheduled by filling out the on-line patient application linked to our website.