What is a cataract?
A cataract is a slow, progressive clouding of the eye's natural lens. It interferes with light passing through the eye to the retina.Over time cataracts typically result in blurred or fuzzy vision and sensitivity to light. Thankfully, cataract removal with Dr. Robert L. Epstein can restore your vision.
Symptoms of Cataracts
Cataracts are extremely common in older individuals. They occur when proteins build up on the lens of the eye, causing cloudy or blurry vision. In the early stages, the cataracts may not be visible in a mirror, but as they mature, you may see white spots or spots that look cloudy when you look at your eyes.
- Need more light to read
- Frustration from bright lights
- Night Driving Problems
- Increased eyestrain
- Double Vision
- Cloudy, fuzzy and blurry vision
- Colors seem faded or yellow
- Frequent changes in eyeglass prescription
- You see glare or halos around lights, especially at night.
- You can no longer see well enough to read or watch TV.
Causes of Cataracts
- Getting Older - Age is a major cause of developing cataracts.
- Birth defect like abnormal conditions in the eyes of unborn babies
- Environmental factors such as disease, toxic chemicals, medications
- Accidents or Injuries
- Exposure to ultraviolet light
- Cigarette Smoking
What happens during Cataract Removal?
Using the most up to date methods, surgery is typically performed using a small incision, phaecoemulsification technique. This means that the cataract surgery is accomplished using the smallest possible incision, and removal of the lens material is accomplished using an ultrasonic needle.
To schedule an appointment to see if cataract removal would be right for you, give us a call today at (815) 363-2020.