I Have Cataracts. Will I Need Surgery?

I Have Cataracts. Will I Need Surgery?

Cataracts are common, occurring when we age or for a variety of other reasons. When they start, the lenses of your eyes become increasingly cloudy, usually over a long period of time, gradually reducing your visual acuity. You may find you need brighter light or stronger glasses to read. 

When your lenses cloud enough to seriously affect your vision, your only solution to rectify the situation is surgery to remove the cloudy lenses. Surgery for cataracts is safe, a routine procedure. Over 24 million Americans 40 and older have cataracts. By the time they are 70, half of them will have the characteristic clouding. Some estimates put this number even higher. 

We specialize in cataract surgery at IC Laser Eye Care, so if you live in the northeast Greater Philadelphia area, you’re covered by our three locations when it’s time to seek treatment. Here’s what you need to know as your cataracts develop. 

Reasons why cataracts occur

The lenses of your eyes are composed primarily of proteins and water. Over time, these proteins can break down. With these changes, the lens starts to get cloudy. This cloudiness gets milky and, without treatment, progresses until completely opaque, resulting in blindness. 

Age, however, isn’t the only reason that cataracts begin. Sometimes, the protein breakdown happens because of an injury to the eye or from previous eye surgery. Certain genetic disorders increase your risk of cataracts, as do medical conditions like diabetes. Alcohol abuse, tobacco use, and overexposure to sunlight can also contribute. 

It’s normal to have cataracts in both eyes, but each eye may have its own rate of progress. You might see better out of one eye than the other, though both could still have cataracts. 

There’s no way to reverse the clouding process. When clouding becomes advanced enough to significantly block your vision, cataract surgery is your only option. 

Laser cataract surgery

Not surprisingly given our name, we at IC Laser Eye Care believe that the extra margins of precision and safety make laser cataract procedures preferable to traditional surgery. In both cases, the existing, clouded lens gets removed from the eye and replaced by an artificial lens. 

Basic cataract surgery uses a monofocal lens, optimized for either far vision or near vision. Laser surgery and other lens choices mean that we can approach your cataract procedure with an overview that integrates all aspects of your vision. Therefore, we can address not only your cloudy vision but also other aspects like astigmatism and other focal conditions you may have. 

Learn more by speaking with our team of ophthalmologists at IC Laser Eye Care. You can call one of our offices, located in Philadelphia and Bensalem, Pennsylvania, and Hamilton, New Jersey, or book an appointment using our online link. The time to see clearly is now, so schedule your appointment today. 

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