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Cataracts are one of the most common eye problems and is generally associated with aging. A cataract is the clouding of the lens inside the eye. Untreated, cataracts can lead to difficulty reading, driving, or engaging in other day to day activities. In several cases, cataracts can even lead to blindness. In fact, cataracts account for half of worldwide cases of blindness and approximately a third of cases of vision impairment. Almost 25.7 million Americans 40 or older suffer from cataracts, and that number is expected to grow by 50% by 2032. Therefore, it is important to make time for regular eye exams to ensure early detection.
Symptoms of Cataracts
Cataracts are a normal accompaniment to aging, but can also develop during youth. Either way, cataracts can be identified by their symptoms. These include glare during nighttime driving, blurred vision that is not aided with glasses or contacts, and difficulty making out print.
Other symptoms of cataracts include:
- Clouded, blurred, or dim vision
- Difficulty seeing during night
- Sensitivity to light and glares
- "Halos" seem to appear around lights
- Frequent changes in prescription for eyeglass or contact lens
- Fading or yellowing of colors
- Double vision in a single eye
Benefits of Cataract Surgery
Cataract surgery is a simple procedure, regardless of the patient's age or the severity of their cataracts, that can prevent one of the most common causes of blindness and vision impairment, and often leaves patients with better vision than they had even before the cataracts developed. Patients often report seeing colors significantly brighter, sharper images, and ease in focusing, as well as less intense glare from the sun and headlights.
These benefits make a significant difference in the quality of life of many patients, such as by making reading, working, driving, sports, and other hobbies easier. They also allow older patients more independence and reduce the risk of dangerous accidents like falls or missed warnings. This is especially true for those suffering from other disabilities or symptoms of aging like deafness or dementia.
Cataract surgery requires the removal of the cloudy or dysfunctional natural lens, and replacement with an artificial lens. Recent dramatic advances in technology have improved the results of cataract surgery. Many patients elect to have Refractive Cataract Surgery performed to reduce or even eliminate dependence on glasses or contact lenses. Of course, even without refractive cataract surgery, patients will typically achieve excellent vision, but will need glasses and lenses to achieve their best possible vision. Often, these patients will still experience an improvement in vision, even from before the cataracts developed.
Cataract surgery is considered a very successful and common procedure, with a low complication rate of only about two percent. About 1.5 million cataract surgeries are performed each year in the United States.
Dr. Peter Cornell and Dr. Stuart Stoll perform cataract surgery at their Beverly Hills practice using the most modern techniques, such as phacoemulsification (the use of ultrasound to break up the cataract). Phacoemulsification involves making a small incision in the peripheral cornea so that a foldable intraocular lens implant can be inserted, minimize the incision. Each patient is required to have a full comprehensive ophthalmologic examination and consultation to determine if they need cataract surgery, and if so, which approach is best for them.
Often, cataract surgery can be performed in 10 to 20 minutes. Our locations Specialty Surgical Center, located just down the street from our Beverly Hills practice. The surgery is an outpatient procedure, but, the patient should anticipate staying in the surgery center for approximately three hours for observation. Cataract surgery is usually performed using a topical anesthetic (applied in the form of eye drops) and most patients experience minimal discomfort. Almost all of the cataract surgeries are performed at the Specialty Surgical Center, an excellent, freestanding surgical center located one block from our office. Most patients have relatively minimal restrictions after the cataract surgery.
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