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Cataracts

CataractsThe two most common symptoms of a cataract are blurry vision and seeing glare and halos around lights at night.  In most people, cataracts develop so slowly that they may not realize how affected their vision has become. Many times, patients come into the office expecting to receive a new prescription for eyeglasses only to find out that new glasses can no longer correct their vision to it's fullest potential. 

When your lifestyle and activities are affected by cataracts and eyeglasses can no longer correct these problems, it may be time to have them treated. Cataracts can make it more difficult  to read a book, drive at night, see road signs clearly, read a sports score on television, thread a needle, or follow the flight of your golf ball.

If you have been diagnosed with cataracts and are a good candidate for treatment, our cataract surgeons may be able to perform a procedure that is more safe and effective than ever before.

Learn more about cataracts and treatment options by following the links at the bottom of the page or visiting our contacting our Milwaukee office!

What is a Cataract?

A cataract occurs when the natural lens inside the eye becomes cloudy. This process is painless and usually occurs as a result of the normal aging process.

Normally, light passes through a clear lens and is focused onto the retina. A cataract or cloudy lens blocks the passage of light through the eye, causing distorted or blurred vision. Vision through eyes with cataracts can be described as looking through a foggy window or piece of wax paper.

The most common form of a cataract is age-related, usually starting after age 50, but sometimes they can begin at a younger age. Even though a cataract begins to form in your 50's, vision problems may not occur until much later. The development of a cataract is usually very gradual but can occasionally occur rapidly. Ninety percent (90%) of people 70 years and older have cataracts.

Symptoms of cataract include:

  • Blurry vision
  • Glare from car headlights
  • Sensitivity to sunlight
  • Difficulty reading street signs
  • Poor night vision
  • Frequent changes in your eyeglass prescription
  • Needing brighter light to read
  • Difficulty reading small print or the newspaper
  • Changes in the way you see colors or colors seem faded
  • Difficulty seeing details on the television

Treatment

Cataract VisionOnce a cataract has formed, the most effective way to restore vision is to surgically remove the cloudy cataract and replace it with a lens implant. These small lenses are made of silicone or plastic polymers and are inserted after the cataract is removed.  They're sometimes called intraocular lenses.

With recent advances in cataract surgery, equipment, and techniques, vision can be restored more safely and faster, allowing patients to resume normal activity within hours after surgery. Using these state of the art techniques, cataract surgery has a success rate greater than 98%.

The specialists at Milwaukee Eye Care treat all types of cataracts, including:

  • Age-Related (the most common)
  • Traumatic
  • Congenital (present since birth)
  • Juvenile
  • Medication induced – steroids (cortisone)

The treatment techniques and equipment that our cataract surgeons use, including new methods of lens implantation and “No Stitch” surgery, are the most advanced in the field. To schedule an appointment for a cataract evaluation, please call our Milwaukee office at 414-271-2020.

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