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A cataract is a clouding of the lens within the eye that occurs gradually as you age. It is not a disease, but a condition affecting the eye. When a cataract occurs, light becomes distorted and is not focused clearly on the retina at the back of the eye. This causes gradual impairment of vision. If left untreated, cataracts can cause needless blindness. The cloudiness does not spread from one eye to the other, but cataracts will usually develop in both eyes at the same time.
Cataracts develop slowly as you age. It is important that you see your eye doctor at your regular annual visit. Cataracts are serious when they become advanced, and not only are you putting yourself at risk, but you could be putting others in danger, especially when driving at night. If you experience any of these symptoms before your scheduled visit, don’t wait. Call and make an appointment.
Most people develop cataracts usually beginning around the age of 60. It’s a natural part of the aging process that occurs in the eye. The good news is that cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed surgeries with an exceptional success rate. Cataracts can be removed as soon as they start to interfere with your lifestyle. Cataract surgery is covered by Medicare. See clearly again like you did in your youth with advanced cataract surgery at Atlanta Vision Cataract & Laser Center.
When your vision worsens due to cataracts, it can be a difficult time. Dr. David O’Day and Dr. Leonard Achiron has successfully performed and overseen over 80,000 cataract surgeries. The doctors and their caring staff will be there for you throughout the entire process. The surgery is a simple, relatively painless procedure that can restore your vision to the vision you had in your youth or better! The procedure generally takes less than 10 minutes and there is little to no discomfort.
Patients are awake during the procedure. Numbing medicine (local anesthesia) is given using eye drops or a shot. This blocks the pain. You will also receive medicine to help you relax. During the procedure, Dr. O’Day makes an incision using a laser, then the cloudy cataract lens is broken apart and removed. Then an artificial lens (IOL) is placed in the eye. Cataract surgery is done as an outpatient procedure.
Thanks to the breakthrough of AcrySof ReStor, Crystalens, and TECNIS Multifocal interocular lenses (IOL’s ), cataract patients now have an option for replacing their natural lens with a multifocal lens. Unlike standard cataract replacement lenses, which are mono focal and only improve distance vision, multifocal IOL lenses restore a fuller range of vision. Most patients never need glasses again.
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