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Cataracts are the Leading Cause of Blindness

 

Cataracts are the Leading Cause of Blindness

Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss in the United States, and the leading cause of blindness in the world. There are 24 million Americans over the age of 40 who are affected by cataracts.  The older a person gets the greater the risk for developing cataracts.

A cataract is a cloudiness of the lens in your eye that prevents light from being focused clearly on the retina, which can impair your vision. Cataracts sometimes remain small and unnoticeable. But with more developed cataracts, it becomes more difficult to see at night, view a computer or phone, and colors may appear faded.

Because cataracts develop slowly, it can be difficult to pinpoint a specific time when cataract surgery becomes necessary. It can be delayed after diagnosis, but eventually, corrective glasses or contacts may not be enough, and surgery becomes inevitable. The biggest indication that surgery is necessary is when your cataracts affect daily tasks like reading or driving.

Fortunately, this can be corrected with the advances of cataract surgery. During cataract surgery, the clouded lens is removed, and a clear artificial lens is implanted. This implant is known as an intraocular lens (IOL).  The procedure typically is performed on an outpatient basis and does not require an overnight stay in a hospital.

Some types of IOLs work like bifocals to provide both near and distant vision. Others provide only distant or near vision. For some people, a lens can be chosen to provide distant vision for one eye and near vision for the other eye.

It is important to discuss the benefits and risks of the different types of IOLs with your eye surgeon to determine what’s best for you and your lifestyle.

For more information on cataract surgery visit www.griffineyecenter.com • 910-417-3845 or Toll Free at (888) 570-5789.