occur as part of the normal aging process. Studies show that virtually
everyone over age 65 has some cataract formation in their eyes!
Cataracts can severely reduce your vision. At one time, cataracts
were a leading cause of blindness in the world. But today, fortunately
they can be treated. Modern surgical techniques, intraocular lens
implantation and "same day surgery" make cataract surgery
safe, fast and effective.
A cataract occurs when the normally clear lens of the eye becomes
cloudy. As the cataract develops, the cloudiness no longer allows
the lens to properly focus light on the back of the eye. This
unfocused light causes the vision to look blurry or hazy. Development
of cataracts has been associated with exposure to ultraviolet
radiation. They are particularly prevalent in persons who spend
a lot of time in the sun, such as fisherman. There is nothing
you can do to prevent the formation of cataracts.
Cataract treatment is advised when decreased vision affects your
everyday activities or hobbies.
Cataract surgery, in which the normal cloudy lens is removed,
is now a very successful procedure. The most widely used technique
is called phacoemulsification. A very small incision is made and
a tiny ultrasonic probe is used to break up the cataract and gently
suction it away. A clear membrane is left in your eye where an
intraocular lens is placed (IOL). This IOL is necessary to replace
the focusing power of the natural lens, which was removed. With
insertion of an IOL, there is little need for thick cataract glasses
and contact lenses that were used years ago. Other type of lenses gaining popularity are MULTIFOCAL and ACCOMODATIVE. These IOLs may be used to treat myopia, hyperopia and presbyopia, and may allow less reliance on glasses and/or contact lenses to see clearly at both distance and near.
Small incision surgery has several benefits. The procedure is
very quick, sometimes taking less than 20 minutes. Also, recovery
time is short. The results of the surgery are
almost immediate. Most people notice an improvement in their vision
soon after surgery.
Eye Centers was the FIRST in Stark county to offer patients a stationary LenSx FEMTOSECOND LASER for use in cataract surgery. We do not roll-on the laser as in some centers. The LenSx Laser is an advanced, precision based technology that operates with both precision and computer-control, helping your surgeon to customize the procedure to your eye. It is a technologically advanced option for the cataract patient that qualifies for use.