A cataract is a common condition that causes a clouding of the eye’s natural lens, and affects millions of people each year, including more than half of all Americans over the age of 65. Cloudiness develops as a result of a buildup of protein in the lens.
Cataracts cause a progressive, painless loss of vision. The lens clouds naturally as we age, causing people over the age of 65 to see a gradual reduction of vision. However, cataracts are not considered part of the natural aging process and are a serious condition that requires prompt medical attention. The exact cause of cataracts is unknown, although it may be a result of injury, certain medications, illnesses (such as diabetes), prolonged exposure to ultraviolet light and smoking.
Your doctor may perform a series of tests in order to diagnose a cataract. A dilated eye exam will be performed to test the vision and to examine the condition of the lens and other parts of the eye. Your doctor may also perform tonometry, a procedure that measures the pressure in the eye.
Patients with cataracts often do not experience any symptoms when the condition first develops. Cataracts will continue to progress with no apparent pain, although patients may experience:
If you are suffering from cataracts, or believe that you might be developing cataracts, in the Thorndale and Chester County areas, the eye care professionals of LLCEA offer state-of-the-art laser-assisted cataract surgery, treatments, and consultations. Please read on for further information on cataracts in Chester County.
If visual impairment begins to interfere with your ability to read, work or do the things you enjoy, you may want to consider cataract surgery to restore your vision. Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed surgical procedure in the US and can be performed quickly and easily with a success rate of over 90 percent and a minimal risk of complications. Our outstanding staff of nurses and Board Certified Anesthesiologists is dedicated to making the surgical experience as safe and comfortable as possible for each and every patient.
Cataract surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that involves numbing the eyes with anesthesia and then making a tiny 2.75 mm incision into which an ultrasonic probe is inserted. The probe breaks up, or emulsifies, the cloudy lens into tiny pieces and then suctions them out of the eye. Once the cloudy lens has been removed, a new artificial lens is implanted into the eye. This lens is known as an intraocular lens (IOL), and can often be inserted through the same incision that the old lens was removed from.
Surgery usually takes only 15 minutes to perform at our certified outpatient surgery facility, Vision One Laser & Surgery Center and is painless for most patients. After the procedure, a patch may be placed over the eye and you will be asked to rest for a while. Patients can usually return home within 30 minutes of their procedure but will need someone to drive them home. For the next few days, you may experience itching, mild discomfort, fluid discharge and sensitivity to light and touch. Your doctor may prescribe eye drops to help the healing process and to reduce the risk of infection.
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