Cataracts are a frustrating fact of life for millions of adults, particularly those over the age of 60. Blurry vision can severely impact today's active lifelstyle. Fortunately, however, no one has to live with cataracts. The surgical removal of cataracts provides the opportunity to regain crisp, clear vision. Indeed, with the advent of advanced, premium intraocular lens implants, including multifocal intraocular lenses (IOLs) and toric IOLs (for astigmatism), many patients are able to see better than they have since childhood, if not their entire lives.
If cataracts are interfering with your vision, Dr. Jeffrey Minkovitz and his team can help. Contact Eye Physicians and Surgeons, P.A., in Wilmington, Delaware for further information about cataract surgery or to schedule a consultation.
What Is a Cataract?
The term "cataract" refers to the gradual clouding of the crystalline lens of the eye. Over time, the lens may become so opaque that light entering the eye becomes distorted or cannot reach the retina, thereby obscuring vision. Cataracts can occur in one or both eyes, often together, but not always symmetrically.
The most common type of cataract is the nuclear cataract. A common consequence of aging, the nuclear cataract often causes hazy or blurry vision, dim vision, or altered color vision. Another type of cataract is the cortical cataract. The cortical cataract occurs when the cortex shell surrounding the nucleus becomes cloudy. This type of cataract more often causes glare. Posterior subcapsular cataracts, common in those who have used steroids or have had trauma or inflammation, affect the rear part of the lens, and tend to grow most rapidly. Diabetics are more likely to develop all types of cataracts than non-diabetic patients.
The symptoms of cataracts most often develop gradually over years, although they can grow rapidly. The most common symptom is blurred vision. However, there are several other symptoms associated with cataracts that should be noted:
- Reduced vision at night
- Seeing glare or halos around lights, such as headlights
- Sensitivity to bright light
- Colors appear dull and muted
While changing glasses is often sufficient to improve vision in patients with mild cataracts, cataract surgery is often the only way to restore vision. Cataract surgery is a safe and effective outpatient procedure in which the natural lens is removed and replaced with an intraocular lens (IOL) to restore clear vision.
The most common technique used to remove cataracts, phacoemulsification, uses ultrasound to safely and effectively break up the cloudy lens. Once the lens particles have been removed, an IOL is positioned inside the eye.
To learn more about cataract surgery, contact Eye Physicians and Surgeons, P.A. in Wilmington, Delaware today. Our experienced team of eye care professionals would be pleased to answer whatever questions you might have and to schedule an appointment for you to discuss your vision restoration options.
Lens Replacement after Cataract Surgery
Intraocular lenses (IOLs) are artificial lenses made of silicone, acrylic, or plastic, used to replace the natural lens of the eye in cataract surgery. Since the IOL is made of a pliable material, it can be folded and inserted through a narrow incision into the eye. An IOL not only serves to replace an unhealthy lens and restore vision, it can also often improve vision better than before the cataract developed, to a point where corrective lenses—glasses or contact lenses—are not needed at all or as often. Dr. Minkovitz and his team at Eye Physicians and Surgeons utilize the most advanced technology to precisely measure the eye before surgery to determine the optimal lens power needed to reduce, and often eliminate dependence upon glasses after cataract surgery. Contact the Eye Physicians and Surgeons, P.A. to Learn More about Cataract Surgery, Premium Intraocular lens implants, and the new (2010) Haag-Streit Lenstar LS900® system.
Serving patients in need of cataract surgery in the Wilmington, Delaware area, Dr. Minkovitz and our other eye doctors welcome the opportunity to meet with you and discuss your eye care needs. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.
Newer IOLs have improved upon traditional IOLs with the ability to correct vision at more than one distance. While traditional IOLs can reduce or eliminate a patient’s dependence on glasses or contact lenses, they are able to correct vision at only one distance. This means that patients will still need glasses or contacts for close-up tasks like reading, and for intermediate tasks like viewing a computer screen or car speedometer. Premium IOLs, on the other hand, can allow patients to see clearly at more than once distance to further reduce dependence on glasses.
Laser Cataract Surgery
Laser cataract surgery with the LensX laser was FDA approved in 2011 and allows more precise blade free incisions and more accurate and reproducible removal of cataract lens material. Dr. Jeffrey Minkovitz of Eye Physicians and Surgeons and his partners at the Center for Advanced Surgical Arts were the first to bring this technology to Delaware (one of the first 75 units installed nationwide)