Tuesday, Jun 28, 2016
Have you noticed your eyes becoming sensitive to light? Do you have blurred or distorted vision, poor night vision or noticed changes in the way you see colors? If so, it’s possible you are one of the more than 20.5 million Americans suffering from cataracts.
June is National Cataract Awareness Month, and Harbin Clinic Eye Center wants everyone to know the symptoms and treatments for cataracts.
What is a Cataract?
A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens. This clouding can cause problems such as blurry vision and glare that make daily tasks more difficult. Cataract development is a normal process of aging, but cataracts also develop from eye injuries, certain diseases or medications. Your genes may also play a role in cataract development.
According to the CDC, an estimated 20.5 million Americans age 40 and older have a cataract in one or both eyes, and 6.1 million have had their lens removed operatively. The total number of people who have cataracts is estimated to increase to 30.1 million by 2020.
Symptoms of cataracts are variable but can include any of the following:
- Sensitivity to light and glare, especially while driving at night
- Blurred vision
- Distorted images in either eye
- Changes in the way you see colors, or colors seem faded
- Cloudy, filmy or fuzzy vision
- Double vision
- Frequent changes in your eyeglass prescription
- Poor night vision
- Increased nearsightedness or farsightedness
A cataract may not need to be treated. Simply having a cataract is not a reason for surgery, if your vision is only slightly blurry. In some cases, changing your eyeglass prescription may help to improve your vision for a while.
When cataracts interfere with your vision and prevent you from seeing well enough to do the things you like to do, cataract surgery should be considered. There are no medications, eye drops, exercises or glasses that will cause cataracts to disappear or to prevent them from forming. Surgery is the only way to improve blurry vision that is due to a cataract.
Our doctors can determine if cataract surgery is likely to be helpful for a patient by performing a thorough eye examination in our office.
What Happens During Cataract Surgery?
Dr. Paul Harton performs state-of-the-art small incision, no-stitch cataract surgery. During the surgery, the cloudy lens is removed and replaced by a new Intraocular Lens Implant, known as an IOL. This procedure corrects the clouding of the vision.
This small incision, no-stitch technique, has drastically reduced the recovery time for modern cataract surgery. Most patients have very few limitations after their surgery and can return to normal activity within days.
An Opportunity to Reduce Your Need for Glasses…
For our patients who wish to be less dependent on glasses after cataract surgery, the Harbin Clinic Eye Center offers an Advanced Diagnostics Package. This optional feature provides additional measurements and a more individualized assessment of your visual needs. It assists your doctor in developing a surgical plan tailored to achieve your visual goals.
Harbin Clinic Eye Center wants to ensure everyone can see all of life’s great moments. To find out more or to schedule an appointment, call 762-235-3200 or visit www.harbinclinic.com/eye-care.