Be Eye Wise by understanding that cataracts are an eye condition that causes the lens of your eye to become cloudy and obstruct light. Twenty million Americans over the age of 40 are affected by cataracts. Not surprisingly, three million Americans opt for cataract surgery every year to correct the issue.
There are three basic types of cataracts, each occurring on a different area of the lens:
- Nuclear cataracts occur in the center of the lens
- Cortical cataracts occur as wedge-shaped spokes extending from the outside of the lens to the center
- Subcapsular cataracts occur at the back of the lens
Symptoms of cataracts can include:
- Blurred or dimmed vision (particularly at night)
- Cloudy vision
- Sensitivity to light and glare
- Visual distortions or “ghost images”
- Increased nearsightedness
- Difficulty reading or driving
Causes for Cataracts can include:
- Age-related cataracts are the most common, resulting from a natural build-up of proteins in the lens.
- Congenital cataracts may be present at birth or developed during childhood.
- Secondary cataracts develop when other health or ophthalmologic conditions (such as diabetes) are present.
- Traumatic cataracts can develop after an eye injury.
Cataract Correction Technology
Are you looking for the newest and best technology in Cataract Surgery? Look no further, cause Northwest Eye has it! Through our unique Advanced Refractive Packages, we can provide you with the technology you need to obtain the vision outcome of your choice. At Northwest Eye we offer laser-assisted cataract surgery using our LensAR femtosecond laser. We also offer all of the available intraocular lens (IOL) technologies including the new TECNIS® Symfony IOL.
The TECNIS® Symfony IOL is the first and only presbyopia-correcting extended range of vision IOL. It delivers a continuous full range of high-quality vision with reduced incidence of halos and glare comparable to a multifocal IOL.
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To learn all you can about cataracts, including diagnosis and treatment, please schedule an appointment with a Northwest Eye cataract doctor. Because the more you know, the better you see.