June Is Cataract Awareness Month Get Checked

Posted on: June 14, 2015 | General

Image of Cataracts in EyesJune is Cataract Awareness Month Get Checked. A cataract is our natural lens inside the eye that has become cloudy. Our natural lens is transparent but may become cloudy and cause symptoms such as blurriness, decreased or dim vision, double vision, or glare and halos. They may occur slowly over time, or can be significant even after a few months. There are many forms of cataracts but all involve a clouding of the natural lens. They can have many causes, some of which include age, medications, trauma to the eye, or diseases such as diabetes. Symptoms can vary according to how cloudy the lens may be, and it is very important that you communicate any symptoms to the ophthalmologist. Most people will notice that they now need more light to see well, reduce or stop driving at night, have increasing difficulty seeing the TV or even friends faces. Cataracts that are causing symptoms should be removed to improve vision again. We can treat cataracts with an outpatient surgical procedure which is technically demanding but a skilled surgeon can complete it in a short time. We use topical numbing drops like the one used during an eye exam in the office and there is no need to stay in a hospital overnight. Typically, a new lens implant similar to a contact lens is placed where the cataract used to be, which has a prescription to help you focus better without glasses after the procedure. These lenses have UV coating to protect the delicate internal structures of the eye. The recovery time from our cataract procedure is generally pretty quick. Most patients can resume most activities by the next day. With our techniques and technology, there is no need to suffer reduced vision from cataracts any longer. See what our patients say! Call us for an evaluation with Dr. Mattioli. Medicare and Participating Health Insurances accepted. 713-776-3937