According to the American Academy of
Ophthalmology, approximately 25 million Americans have cataracts, which is the
clouding of the eye’s naturally clear lens. Over time, the clouded vision
caused by cataracts worsens and if left untreated, can lead to blindness.
The good news is that cataracts are treatable — and clear, crisp vision is possible with cataract surgery. In honor of Cataract Awareness Month, Bay Area cataract surgeon Mark Mandel, MD, shares five facts to know about cataracts.
Cataracts occur as a result of proteins in the eye clumping together, clouding a small area of the lens. The clouding that is formed, known as a cataract, becomes larger and denser over time, clouding more of the lens and making it harder to see.
Age Isn’t the Only
Risk Factor for Cataracts
largely caused by age-related changes in the eyes. But there are other factors
that may cause someone to develop cataracts prematurely. These include:
- Overexposure to UV light
- Health conditions (e.g.,
- Prolonged use of
- Previous eye surgery
- Trauma to eye
- Family history of
Is Safe and Common
While early stages
of cataracts can be managed with prescription eyewear, the only way to remove
cataracts is through surgical intervention. Surgery becomes necessary when the
cataracts have advanced so much that they interfere with everyday activities
such as reading and driving.
Surgery may sound intimidating but cataract surgery is extremely safe and
common. About 3 million cataract surgeries are performed each year, and more
than 95 percent of patients achieve clearer vision after cataracts.
Cataract Surgery Can
Do More Than Improve Your Vision
surgery involves removing the clouded natural lens and replacing it with an
artificial intraocular lens (IOL) that works to restore clear vision. But
cataract surgery does more than restore vision. Researchers have found that
having cataract surgery can reduce the risk of falling and automobile
accidents. In addition, one recent
study found that cataract surgery may even improve mental
Cataract Surgery Is Available at Optima Eye
cataract surgery involves using a handheld surgical blade to create an incision
through which to access the eye’s natural lens. While this technique is safe,
new developments in ophthalmology have made way for laser-assisted cataract surgery.
This advanced technique replaces manual instruments with a femtosecond laser to
perform critical steps of the cataract removal process. Laser-assisted cataract
surgery enhances the precision of many critical steps of cataract surgery.
cataract surgery is not for everyone. The best way to determine the most
appropriate treatment option for you is to schedule a personal consultation
with a board- certified cataract surgeon like Dr. Mandel.
If you have been diagnosed with cataracts or suspect that you may have this condition, contact Optima Eye. Book your appointment at one of our four office locations by emailing us or calling 877-210-2020 ext. 3 today.