Patient Education Series :Cataract Treatement

Friday, May 15, 2009

What is a Cataract?

A cataract is clouding of the normally clear lens of the eye. It can be compared to a glass window that is frosted or yellowed.

The amount and pattern of cloudiness within the lens can vary. If the cloudiness is not near the center of the lens, you may not be aware that a cataract is present.

What are the Common symptoms of cataract

• A painless gradual blurring of vision
• Glare, or light sensitivity
• Poor night vision
• Double vision in one eye
• Needing brighter light to read
• Fading or yellowing of colors

What causes Cataract?

The most common type of cataract is age related to aging of the eye. Some other causes of cataract include:

• Family History
• Medical problems, such as diabetes
• Injury to the eye
• Medications, especially steroids
• Previous eye surgery

How fast does a cataract develop?

It is not possible to predict exactly how fast cataracts will develop in any given person. The development of cataract varies among individuals and may even be different between the two eyes.Most age-related cataracts progress gradually over a period of years.

Other cataracts, especially in younger people and people with diabetes, may progress rapidly over a short time.

His cataract treated?

Surgery is the only way a cataract can be removed. However, if symptoms of cataract are not bothering you very much, surgery may not be needed. Sometimes a simple change in your eyeglass prescription may be helpful.

No medications, dietary supplements or exercises have been shown to prevent or cure cataracts. Protection from excessive sunlight may help slow the progression of cataracts. Sunglasses that screen out ultraviolet (UV) light rays or regular eyeglasses with a clear, anti-UV coating offer this protection.

How is a cataract detected?
Your ophthalmologist can detect the presence of a cataract by performing a full eye examination.

A careful evaluation will also rule out any other conditions that may be causing blurred vision. Problems with other parts of the eye can be responsible for vision loss and may prevent you from having much or any improvement in vision after cataract surgery. If improvement in your vision is unlikely, cataract removal may not be recommended. Your eye doctor can tell you how much visual improvement is likely.

When should Cataract surgery be done?

Surgery should be considered when cataracts cause enough loss of vision to interfere with your daily activities.

It is not true that cataracts need to ripe before they can be removed or that they need to be removed just because they are present.

Cataract surgery can be performed when your visual needs require it. You must decide if you can see well enough to do your job, drive safely and read and watch TV in comfort. Does your vision allow you to perform daily tasks, such as cooking, shopping, doing regular work or taking medications without difficulty?

Based on your symptoms, you and your ophthalmologist should decide together when surgery is appropriate.

What can I expect from cataract surgery?

More than 98% of those surgeries are performed successfully without complications.

During cataract surgery, which is usually performed under local or topical anesthesia as a daycare procedure, the cloudy lens is removed from the eye. In the most cases a permanent intra ocular lens implant(IOL) is placed in the eye.

Your ophthalmologist performs this delicate surgery using a microscope, miniature instruments and other modern technology. After surgery you will have to use eye drop as per your doctors advice.

Cataract surgery is a highly successful procedure. Improved vision is the result in over 98% of cases, unless there is a problem in other structures of the eye, It is important to understand that complications although rare can occur during or after the surgery.Cataracts are a common cause of decreased vision, particularly for the elderly, but they are treatable. Your ophthalmologist can tell you whether cataract or some other problem is the cause of your vision loss and can help you decide if cataract surgery is appropriate for you.

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