All You Need to Know About Cataract Lenses
Catacts are the world’s number one cause of blindness, affecting millions worldwide. And nearly three million individuals are diagnosed with cataracts every day. But there is a solution: cataract surgery and cataract lenses are among the most fine-tuned, highly perfected treatment options in the eye care field and medical science in general.
These lenses are not contact lenses; they are intraocular lenses (IOLs) placed inside the eye. They can restore your vision, are immune from future cataracts, and may reduce or rid your need for visual aids such as glasses or contacts.
If you’re suffering the effects of cataracts, or are dealing with any concerns or visual changes, don’t hesitate to contact us at The Eye Center of Southern Indiana in Bloomington, IN.
How do cataracts form?
As an age-related ocular disorder, there aren’t too many ways to halt the progression of cataracts once they begin forming. Wearing sunglasses to protect yourself from UV radiation, avoiding smoking, and eating healthful foods full of antioxidants may slow the development of cataracts and help you maintain better eye health. However, the primary driver of cataracts is the inevitable aging process.
As such, cataracts typically begin forming once a patient is in their 40s when proteins in the lens of the eye start deteriorating. As they break down, they also aggregate, coming together into clumps that grow ever larger. These opaque clumps cloud the eye’s lens and block incoming light. And as they grow, they block more light and cause further vision loss. If left untreated, blindness can occur.
All you need to know about cataract lenses
Cataract surgery begins with a small flap cut onto the eye's outer surface. This corneal flap allows deeper ocular access so that we can fragment cataracts. This also necessitates that we fragment your eye’s natural lens, but have no worries. We replace it with a state-of-the-art cataract lens: an IOL (intraocular lens). Your fantastic new IOL comes in various types, and we’ll select the most suitable variant for your needs and everyday obligations. For example, multifocal IOLs offer vivid vision at all ranges: near, intermediate, and far. Whereas, a toric IOL has a specialized shape that allows it to treat astigmatism.
Patients notice their eyesight improves right after their procedure, and many go on to enjoy 20/20 vision once their results have stabilized. Plus, your IOL is considered a permanent procedure, which could furnish you with a lifetime of improved vision. You won’t have to worry about future cataracts. And, depending on the IOL you receive, you may no longer have to rely on (or at least as much) eyeglasses or contact lenses.
Clear your vision with cataract lenses
Living with cataracts can be detrimental to our daily efforts. Whether we’re at work or enjoying our favorite hobbies, cloudy, blurry vision throws a significant damper on our efforts to enjoy life. But cataract lenses can clear the fogginess, giving you drastically improved vision with almost immediate results.
Many patients enjoy 20/20 vision once their sight stabilizes following their procedure, and our cutting-edge IOLs can also effectively treat patients with astigmatism, nearsightedness, farsightedness, or presbyopia.
Don’t struggle any longer; get the clearer vision you deserve by reaching out to us in Bloomington, IN to schedule a consultation at The Eye Center of Southern Indiana.