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Cataract Basics 2018-03-27T23:09:17+00:00

Cataracts

Dr. Switch was fellowship trained in Phacoemulsification Cataract Extraction, Posterior Intraocular Lens Implantation and Precision Microsurgical Incision Closure Techniques. With over 30 years of experience and more than 10,000 cataract procedures, Dr. Switch is currently using the most advanced surgical techniques, including the LenSX™ femtosecond Laser, the ORA (Optiwave Refractive Analysis) System™ and the VERION™ (image guided system) for unprecedented cataract surgical precision.

What is a Cataract?

A cataract is the clouding of the clear crystalline lens in the center of the eye behind the pupil. Cataracts are common with age and progress slowly or can be seen in younger adults that can develop quickly. They are not an emergency and do not necessarily indicate any other health problems. As a cataract begins to limit the amount of light that can pass through the lens, vision starts to deteriorate. So it is not necessary to remove a cataract in the early stages. However, once the cataract advances, often times it is necessary to remove the cataract surgically to restore vision.

Anatomy of the Eye

A cataract is the clouding of the clear crystalline lens in the center of the eye behind the pupil. Cataracts are common with age and progress slowly or can be seen in younger adults that can develop quickly. They are not an emergency and do not necessarily indicate any other health problems. As a cataract begins to limit the amount of light that can pass through the lens, vision starts to deteriorate. So it is not necessary to remove a cataract in the early stages. However, once the cataract advances, often times it is necessary to remove the cataract surgically to restore vision.

Early Symptoms

Patients may notice that their glasses prescription has started to change after being stable for many years. They may find themselves trying to turn up the lights in a well-lit room or trying to clean their glasses because they feel their glasses are smudged. Often times, night driving becomes difficult due to glare from oncoming traffic lights.

How is a Cataract Corrected?

Surgery is the only treatment for removal of a cataract. There are no eye drops, glasses, or other treatments that will decrease a cataract. Removing the clouded lens is the only vision loss from cataract. It all starts with a thorough evaluation. As with any procedure, we first evaluate you, your vision and your overall health. There are slight differences in each of the lenses we offer, and Dr. Switch will help you choose which lens is right for you.