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In some cases, a cataract may not need to be removed right away if your lifestyle isn't drastically affected. Sometimes, changing your eyeglasses for a new pair can improve your vision. At Lindstrom Eye and Laser Center, we can help.
When a cataract becomes too much to bear and prevents you from interacting in daily activities, surgery will be recommended. With surgery, the clouded natural lens will be replaced with a clear artificial intraocular lens, or IOL.
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Cataracts are a medical condition in which the lens of the eye becomes progressively opaque, resulting in blurred vision. Though cataracts are common in adults over the age of 50, they can also develop in younger patients.
At Lindstrom Eye and Laser Center, we're here for you with state-of-the-art options for the most effective treatment for our cataract patients.
What is a cataract?
This clouding of the lens affects vision by making the internal lens of the eye cloudy. Most cataracts are related to aging, and by the age of 80, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery.
What are the types of cataracts?
- Secondary cataracts: cataracts can form after surgery for other eye issues such as glaucoma.
- Traumatic cataracts: these can develop after an eye injury, and can sometimes develop years later
- Congenital cataract: some babies are born with cataracts or develop them in chilhood. These cataracts often affect both eyes.
- Radiation cataract: after exposure to some types of radiation, some individuals can develop cataracts
Who is at risk for cataracts?
Though cataracts are most likely to develop in people over the age of 60, there are other risk factors involved in their development:
-Some diseases such as diabetes
-Personal behavior such as smoking and drug use
-Environmental factors such as prolonged exposure to sunlight
How can I tell if I have a cataract?
There are some common symptoms associated with the development of cataracts. Be sure to discuss any of the following with your eyecare professional.
- Cloudy or blurry vision
- Faded colors
- Glare. Headlights, lamps, or sunlight may appear too
bright. Halos may appear
- Poor night vision
- Double vision or multiple images on the eye
- Frequent prescription changes in your contact lenses or glasses
These symptoms could indicate a number of vision problems in addition to cataracts - if you are experiencing any, be sure to discuss them with your eyecare professional.
Traditional cataract surgery is effective for removing cataracts when performed by a skilled surgeon. In fact, about 95 percent of patients who undergo cataract surgery report improvement in their vision after their surgery. There are several factors that make the LenSx Laser an innovative addition to the world of cataract surgery. For one thing, the laser-assisted surgery is bladeless. For another thing, the system uses advanced technology to map your eye, automate certain challenging steps of the procedure and help your surgeon perform a cataract surgery that's uniquely personalized to your eye. It brings that extra degree of precision and predictability that's unattainable through traditional methods.
We offer many different opions for cataract surgery, depending on which option best suits your needs.