WHAT IS A CATARACT?
A Natural Effect of Aging
A cataract is the clouding (usually gradual) of the eye’s natural lens. Most adults over age 60 have symptoms of cataracts. A cataract can be the reason sharp images become blurred, or seeing things at night is more difficult. It may also be why the eyeglasses or contact lenses that used to help you read, or do other simple tasks, no longer seem to help. More than 2 million cataract operations will be performed nationwide this year alone.
What are the symptoms of Cataracts?
Because the cloudy lens allows less light to reach the retina, distance and/or reading vision is often fuzzy and indistinct through the affected eye. Other key symptoms of cataracts:
- Difficulty reading small print, such as the newspaper
- Difficulty driving, especially at night
- Annoying glare from sunlight and/or car headlights
- Cloudy or hazy vision
- Diminished color perception
How are cataracts diagnosed?
Experienced Santa Rosa cataract surgeon Dr. Jay Bansal can diagnose cataracts during a comprehensive eye examination at LaserVue Eye Center. Many factors are considered when making the decision to perform cataract surgery. These factors include:
- Medical History – It is important for our eye doctors to determine your visual symptoms and how they impact your everyday life. Questions will be asked about your general medical history, including any medications you are currently taking and whether you have any allergies, prior eye disease, and previous surgeries.
- Eye Exam – Initially, we determine your vision (or visual acuity). Refraction is then done to determine your prescription and to see if changing glasses will improve your vision. Our eye doctors use a slit-lamp microscope to examine the front structures of the eye, including the clarity of the cornea and lens. An ophthalmoscope with special lenses is used to examine the back structures of the eye, including retina and optic nerve. Eye pressure is also monitored to check for glaucoma. The doctor determines if it is a cataract that is reducing vision and not another condition. This will help the doctor decide if your vision is likely to be improved by removing the cataract.
- Discussion - If cataracts are present, then you and your cataract surgery provider can discuss your treatment options. If you are still functioning well and activities are not limited by the quality of your vision, a decision may be made to wait before removing the cataract. If helpful, a change of glasses may be recommended. The decision to have cataract surgery can only be reached after you and your doctor discuss the benefits, risks, and alternatives. You should also discuss the possibility of having an advanced technology intraocular lens implant during the cataract procedure.
Our cataract surgery facility is located in Santa Rosa:
3540 Mendocino Ave., #200
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
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