Cataract Q & A
What is a cataract?
A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens that is located inside the eye behind the iris. When the natural lens becomes cloudy, light is unable to pass easily to the retina and results in blurred vision.
What causes a cataract?
The most common factor for developing a cataract is age. Other contributing factors may include increased exposure to sunlight, diabetes, ocular inflammation, ocular trauma and family history. Certain medications can also promote cataract formation.
What are the symptoms?
Cataracts may cause a decrease in vision, glare or poor night vision. Some people experience double vision or muted colors. Patients may not notice a cataract has formed, as a cataract typically forms in one eye first and the other eye compensates for any visual loss. It can take anywhere from a few months to several years for a cataract to fully develop.
How is cataract surgery performed?
Cataract surgery is one of the most common and successful surgeries performed in this country. It is an outpatient procedure performed in our private, state-of-the-art Medicare-certified surgical facility, the Chesapeake Cataract Center®, which is conveniently located in the Sajak Pavilion on the Anne Arundel Medical Campus. Patients are given topical numbing drops and IV sedation, or twilight anesthesia, to ensure that they are comfortable and relaxed. During cataract surgery, the old lens is removed and replaced with a new lens, known as an intraocular lens (IOL). Until recently, the old lens was removed using handheld, surgical instruments. Today, we are proud to be the first in Anne Arundel County to offer our patients bladeless laser cataract surgery, a technology that is revolutionizing the entire procedure and providing patients with unparalleled visual results. In most cases, cataract surgery is performed in less than 10 minutes and patients leave wearing a pair of dark glasses. Within 48 hours, patients return to most routine activities with minimal restrictions. Click here to learn more about our bladeless LenSx Laser and the lens options customized for our patients’ requirements.
Contemplating cataract surgery?
It is an exciting time for cataract patients who want to improve their full range of vision, regain their quality of life and minimize or eliminate their dependence on glasses. Call us today at 1-877-DR4-2020 or click here to schedule a cataract consultation.