Taking the Mystery Out of Cataracts

There are many misconceptions about cataracts.

Our goal at Lickteig Famly Eye Care is to provide our patients the best eye care services and with the information necessary to make an informed decision about their eye care.

If you are one of more than 50% of adults suffering from cloudy vision caused by cataracts, do not allow your own misconceptions to cloud your judgment.

Cataracts are extremely common. More than 22 million Americans over the age of 40 have cataracts and that more than 72% of adults will get cataracts.

Despite these statistics, many are still in the dark when it comes to knowing or understanding the modern advances in treating the rather common eye condition.

The following is some information to help demystify myths regarding cataracts and cataract surgery.

WHAT IS A CATARACT? A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye that affects vision. Cataracts can occur in either or both eyes. They are caused, usually by the aging process of our corneal lens. However, there are instances where younger individuals have developed cataracts, so it is always wise to have an annual eye exam.

The corneal lens lies within our cornea and is what adjusts the eye’s focus. It is made mostly of water and protein. As we age, the protein may start to clump, creating a small white cloudy area on the lens. This “cloudy area” is a cataract. Cataracts make it more difficult to see as they mature.

RECOGNIZING A CATARACT: The most common symptoms of a cataract is cloudy and blurred images. Faded colors, halos, sensitivity to light and poor night vision are other indicators that a cataract may be present. If you start experiencing any of these symptoms on a more frequent basis, it is wise to see an eye doctor for an evaluation.

CATARACT SURGERY is safe, extremely consistent, and produces immediate results.

In recent years, new developments in cataract surgery have significantly improved the results and safety of cataract surgery. The use of intraoperative antibiotics to the cutting-edge laser systems, has resulted in precise results with very little discomfort during recovery.

New implanatable lenses are known to significantly reduce or eliminate the need for glasses after cataract surgery.

If you’re concerned about your vision or the possibility of needing cataract treatment. Take that first crucial step to making an informed decision and visit Lickteig Family Eye Care to learn more.

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