Cataracts are a common age-related condition that causes blurred vision and can, if left untreated, lead to blindness. In fact, cataracts are the most common cause of blindness worldwide.
Causes of Cataracts
Almost every patient begins to develop cataracts as he or she ages, but some younger patients are also susceptible. Those at increased risk for developing cataracts younger in life include patients with high myopia or diabetes, those who take steroid medications, and anyone who has experienced an eye injury.
Diagnosis of Cataracts
Common symptoms include gradual blurring of vision, dulling of colors, and experiencing glare at night. Patients who are experiencing these symptoms should head to a doctor immediately for a diagnosis that includes a comprehensive eye check intended to exclude other possible causes of the symptoms and the use of a slit lamp microscope to confirm the presence of cataracts.
Treatment for Cataracts
Cataract removal surgery is the only known method for managing cataracts. It can be performed as soon as the patient begins to experience symptoms and receives a diagnosis. The surgery is only minimally invasive and can be performed as an outpatient procedure requiring that patients be under anesthesia for less than 20 minutes.
During this quick and minimally invasive surgery, the patient’s natural lens is removed and replaced with an intraocular lens implant. There are several different kinds of lenses available to patients, so it’s important that anyone undergoing surgery takes the time to discuss their options with the doctor to ensure that they receive the right lens to meet their needs.
Recovery from Surgery
Recent advances in the technologies used to perform cataract surgeries allow for smaller wounds and quicker recovery times. In fact, most patients begin to notice improvements in their vision by the next day after surgery. It is, however, important to note that 20% of people do experience a thickening of the capsular bag that requires further laser treatment.
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The process of treating cataracts is time-tested and proven to be effective. Patients who want to learn more about this surgery can speak with a specialist or check out http://www.shinagawa.com.sg/en/services/cataract-surgery for additional information.