Cataracts occur when there’s a cloudiness or opacity within the eye's natural lens. This lens sits in the center of the eye, in back of the pupil, which means that the vision can be seriously impeded by cataracts. Dr. Jeff Jones, the ophthalmologist at Visionaire Eye Consultants in Castle Rock, and Littleton, Colorado, is ready to help with a full range of preoperative testing and cataract procedures.
Cataracts involve cloudiness within the natural lens of the eye. As you age, chemical changes occur within the lens, gradually reducing the transparency of the cornea. Eventually, the natural lens can get so clouded that it's difficult to see normally. Untreated, cataracts can even cause blindness.
Age is the main reason that cataracts occur. It's especially common to see cataracts in geriatric patients. Other potential causes of cataracts include:
The most common sign of cataracts is a reduction in vision. Some of the other possible symptoms include:
Cataract surgery is now more advanced than ever before. It's a safe and effective procedure that can offer excellent results. You'll be under either topical or local anesthesia, and the procedure won't be painful.
During cataract surgery, a new lens is surgically implanted as a replacement for the old, cloudy lens. The new lens, called the intraocular lens (IOL), is available in several different types. You'll usually use prescription eye drops for several weeks after cataract surgery, as this helps the eyes to heal fully.
There are several types of IOLs, including.