According to the World Health Organization, cataracts are the leading cause of blindness worldwide. In the United States alone, more than 20 million adults over the age of 40 have cataracts. Fortunately, thanks to advances in modern medicine, cataract removal and the placement of intraocular lenses have evolved into a routine, safe, and effective surgical procedure.
A healthy eye is often compared to a well-functioning camera. Just as the camera lens focuses light to produce an image on a piece of film, the lens of the eye does much the same. Light focused on the retina forms an image that then gets sent to the brain.
Cataracts occur when changes to the proteins and fibers in the eye's normally clear lens cause it to get cloudy. Although cataracts are most often associated with people over 55 years, they occasionally affect infants and children. Whatever the case may be, early diagnosis and management are essential to protecting and preserving vision.
With a cataract, in addition to feeling like one is looking through a foggy window, affected individuals may also experience one or more of the following symptoms:
Today, cataract surgery is a routine, safe and effective surgical procedure. It involves removing the cloudy damaged lens and replacing it with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) to restore clear vision. In most cases, the surgery can be performed on an outpatient basis, with the entire procedure typically taking less than an hour.
With laser-assisted cataract surgery using femtosecond laser technology, our ophthalmologists can operate with an added level of precision to facilitate improved surgical outcomes and reduce the associated risks.
Removing cataracts with this advanced technology supports the accurate placement of Premium IOLs (intraocular lens implants) to correct a broader range of vision impairments— including near, far, intermediate vision, and astigmatism. For many patients, this procedure and the placement of Premium IOLs offer the opportunity to engage in activities without relying on corrective lenses.