Cataracts are a common eye condition that becomes more apparent as you age. Although the majority of cataracts are age-related, cataracts can also be formed at birth, caused by some types of radiation or a traumatic injury. Regardless of the reason behind your cataracts, all indicate that the lens of your eye is clouded and may need to be replaced.
Symptoms that indicate you may have a growing cataract include:
- cloudy or blurry vision that is getting worse over time
- difficulty with lights that feel too bright, or a glare
- trouble driving at night
- double vision that comes and goes
The lens of your eye acts just like a camera lens, focusing light and images for your retina to process. As this lens continues to build up protein deposits, the cataract grows. Cataracts do not go away on their own, and they must be removed in order for your eyesight to be restored.
It is now possible for physicians to remove the lens using the ReVista Laser Assisted cataract surgical procedure. This technology maps the eye, providing state-of-the-art treatment for your eye surgery.
Cataracts are removed by replacing the lens in your eye with a new, synthetic one. Most patients have a significant improvement in their eyesight immediately.
Cataract surgery is one of the most common surgeries performed today. The procedure takes less than 15 minutes in most cases, and you are able to return to normal activity the next day.
With over half of Americans having cataracts by the time they reach 80 years old, cataract surgery is one of the safest procedures around. With minimally invasive techniques, your eyesight can be restored, giving you back your life.
With cataract surgery, you will be able to once again drive at night, and you may no longer even need glasses. If you are seeing faded colors, have blurry vision or you have trouble driving at night, it’s time to talk with your eye doctor to see if you need cataract surgery.