Surgery and Other Treatment Options for Cataract Sufferers
If you or a loved one suffers from cataracts, Monterey County Eye Associates can help. We provide exceptional cataract treatment for patients in Monterey and surrounding areas. Our team is committed to helping patients understand cataracts and make informed decisions about their ocular health. Contact our office today to learn more about how we can help meet your cataract treatment goals. We look forward to helping you see the world more clearly once again.
Cataract Information – Definition, Causes, and Symptoms
The term cataract refers to the clouding of the eye’s lens, the part of the eye that focuses light entering the eye onto the retina. Cataracts block the passage of light to the retina, which, in turn, inhibits the retinal signals that convey to the brain what the eye is seeing. As a result, cataracts can cause serious vision problems.
Causes of Cataracts
There are a number of factors that can cause or contribute to cataract formation. Cataracts are often a product of the aging process, since the eyes change slightly over time. Other factors, including overexposure to sunlight, eye injury or disease, certain medications, diabetes, and other health problems, can cause cataracts. Alternatively, some children are born with cataracts.
Symptoms of Cataracts
If you have a cataract, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- Cloudy or foggy vision
- Poor night vision
- Glare or haloes around lights
- Double vision
- Temporary improvement of near vision (“second sight” that can result from cataract formation)
Alternatively, some patients do not experience vision loss due to cataracts.
Cataract Treatment Options
Cataract treatment depends on a number of factors, including the severity of the cataract and the patient’s symptoms, the patient’s ocular health, and the patient’s medical history. Treatment options include:
Lifestyle habits – for example, keeping one’s eyeglass or contact lens prescription up-to-date, maintaining well-lit home and work spaces, avoiding smoking, and avoiding overexposure to sunlight – can slow the formation or progression of cataracts.
Vision aids, including prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses, can improve vision and delay or prevent the need for cataract surgery. Vision aids can be utilized to not only correct cataracts, but other complex vision impairments as well. Toric lenses can be used to treat astigmatism, and are an attractive alternative to traditional eye glasses. These contact lenses are removable, but specially crafted to provide two powers of vision enhancement; these curvatures correct for astigmatism and either nearsightedness or farsightedness.
Cataract surgery – an inpatient procedure that involves removing the eye’s natural lens and replacing it with a state-of-the-art intraocular lens (IOL) – can be an excellent option for treating cataracts. These multifocal accommodative lenses can correct both distance vision and reading vision, providing a comprehensive solution to vision impairment.
Schedule a Cataract Treatment Consultation
Contact Monterey Eye Associates today to learn more about your cataract treatment options. We serve patients in Monterey and surrounding areas, and would be pleased to provide you with the exceptional eye care you need and deserve.