Cataract is a clouding of the normal lens of the eye. Though there are various causes of cataracts, the most common is normal aging. In fact, about one out of six people aged 40 and older have some degree of cataract, and cataract is the leading cause of visual impairment worldwide.
In early stages, a cataract may simply cause simple blurring and a need to change spectacles. Eventually, however, patients with cataract experience painless and progressive reduction of sight resulting in significant visual handicaps. Commonly described symptoms include:
- Blurry or hazy vision
- Poor night vision often accompanied by halos and starbursts
- Light sensitivity and glare (e.g. sunlight intolerance and marked difficulty with streetlights or oncoming headlights)
- Poor reading vision even with bifocals or reading glasses and dependency on bright reading lights
- Faded, washed out, or yellowed colors
Surgery is the only treatment for visually significant cataract and is recommended when reduction in vision significantly impacts daily functions. Happily, modern cataract surgery by Live Oak Ophthalmology is a painless outpatient procedure which restores vision and can also reduce or eliminate dependence on glasses. Patients may have astigmatism, nearsightedness, farsightedness, and even presbyopia (the need for reading glasses) treated simultaneously at the time of cataract surgery.
To restore vision, the cloudy cataract is surgically removed, and is replaced by a precision artificial lens (IOL or intraocular lens) which is custom selected for each eye to achieve clear focus of images on the retina. This is all done through a tiny opening in the front of the eye which is usually self-sealing and requires no sutures.
Dr. Hester and Dr. Groat are expert cataract surgeons who employ superlative experience and all the latest technologies available to provide you with the best cataract treatment available anywhere. When you need surgery, you can trust Live Oak Ophthalmology to develop the best customized surgical plan for you after discussing your needs and options. Call us at 910-251-8200 to schedule your consultation today.