A cataract is an incredibly common condition that is said to effect over 70% of people over the age of 75. The condition describes when you have blurred vision because of the clouding around your lens. This will lead to decreased vision overall, and even a hard time seeing certain colors.
Your lens is supported by proteins. Water keeps your eyes dense and your eyesight clear, but as you get older there’s a chance that the proteins in your lens aren't as loose as they once were, clumping together to cause a blurriness in your vision.
The clouding and cataract is often due simply to old age, but it is also possible that factors like diabetes and other chronic diseases are causing cataracts. Many people are able to live with minor cataract impairment but for those whose vision seems to be continuously deteriorating, cataract surgery is performed.
Symptoms of cataracts are not painful and usually happen gradually over time. Not everyone is affected with these symptoms; sometimes just a general blurry vision could means a cataract is developing. People might notice that they are frequently changing their eyeglass prescription or contact lenses yet their vision is not improving, that’s when considering cataract surgery is a good idea. Candidates for cataract surgery often suffer from:
- Vision Impairment from overly bright lights (sunlight, car headlights)
- Double Vision or Ghost Vision (the appearance of multiple images)
- Blurred Vision
- Dull Color / Distortion of Color
- Hazy / Shadowed / Cloudy Vision
- Bad vision at night or in low light
How Cataract Surgery Works:
Surgery of the cataract is simple and done quickly as an outpatient service. Doctors will make an incision into the front part of your eye (the cornea) and use an instrument to remove the deteriorating lens and replace it with a new one. After the new lens is placed, your surgeon will close the incision. This type of cataract surgery is called phacoemulsification and is the most common procedure used today. It is popular among patients and doctors because it’s minimally invasive and can be done in less than 30 minutes.
The West Medical Ophthalmology staff is committed to proper prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of all eye conditions, and we are here to help you every step of the way.
If you're looking for the best treatment available for cataract surgery in California, West Medical is the answer. We are dedicated to procedures that are not only minimally invasive, but effective. West Medical cares about our patients, your health is our top priority. To learn more about having cataract surgery, call West Medical at (855) 690-0565. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!
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