How To Tell If You Have A Cataract
A cataract is a clouding of your eye’s natural lens, which helps focus light on the retina to produce a clear image. When light passes through a clouded lens, the image you see will be blurred. For a person who has cataracts, it may seem as if you are looking through a fogged-up window.
As early as age 40, most people will begin to develop cataracts. They develop slowly over the course of several years and early on will not show any symptoms or changes in your overall vision. However, as cataracts progress, you can start to notice some of the following:
- Clouded, blurred or dim vision
- Increasing difficulty with vision at night
- Sensitivity to light and glare
- Need for brighter light for reading and other activities
- Seeing “halos” around lights
- Frequent changes in eyeglass or contact lens prescription
- Fading or yellowing of colors
- Double vision in a single eye
When the quality of your vision due to cataracts begins to put limits on your activities and enjoyment of life, it may be time for cataract surgery. When you undergo cataract surgery, we remove the cataract (the natural lens that has become clouded) and replace it with an artificial lens. By removing the cataract and replacing it with an artificial lens, your vision and quality of life may significantly improve. Are you ready to find out if it’s time for cataract surgery?
What Happens During A Cataract Evaluation?
During a cataract evaluation at Wilmington Eye, one of our exceptionally skilled physicians will be happy to help you determine if cataract surgery is right for you. With the latest diagnostic tools and the experience that comes with being an area leader in cataract surgery, our surgeons deliver superior results.
For more than 35 years, our experienced cataract surgeons Kathleen C. Leone, MD, FACS, Matej Polomsky, MD, Christopher Covington, DO, Travis Jenkins, MD, Robert van der Vaart, MD, and Samantha Watson, MD have delivered outstanding outcomes, allowing patients to experiencee a dramatic improvement in both their vision and their quality of life.
We serve patients from Wilmington as well as Myrtle Beach, New Bern, Jacksonville, and elsewhere in eastern North and South Carolina. You can learn more about cataract surgery and the different Lifestyle IOLs that together can help restore your vision and reduce your dependence on glasses.
What Happens During Cataract Surgery?
During cataract surgery, your surgeon will make two small incisions on the side of the cornea, the clear, outermost layer of your eye. After making these incisions, your surgeon will then construct a small circular opening in the membrane around the cataract. This is called a capsulorhexis. Your surgeon will then insert a tiny probe that emits ultrasound waves to soften and break up the clouded lens so that it can be removed by suction, known as phacoemulsification. Once the cataract is removed, an artificial lens, also known as an intraocular lens implant (IOL), will be inserted in the same tiny incision, unfolded, and set into place.
Each visitor to Wilmington Eye receives the latest cataract surgery information as well as the thorough care and attention they expect from the area’s foremost ophthalmology practice. To learn more about cataract surgery and how it may benefit you, contact our office today for an informative consultation.
One team of board-certified ophthalmic surgeons can help determine if cataract surgery is right for you. Contact us today to schedule a Cataract Consultation.
Have you been told you have cataracts?
Call us at 910-763-3601; We’ll answer all of your questions and schedule a consultation with one of our expert surgeons.