A Guide to Cataracts & Treatment Options

For those who have a family history of Cataracts and know what the progression of this is like, you understand that Cataracts can cause problems within everyday activities and over time your vision can become severely compromised.

A Cataract is a clouding of the eye’s lens which causes distortions in the patient’s vision over time. Cataracts are a progressive condition that cause severe complications in daily vision. For those who have conditions such as diabetes and even heart disease, the condition can progress faster causing a need for earlier surgery.

F.A.Q. on Cataracts

  • What are the main types of Cataract?

Age related – Cataracts are most often caused by aging. This is the most common form of Cataract.
Traumatic Cataract – Due to eye injuries
Secondary Cataracts – Caused by those with Diabetes, Glaucoma, and even Steroid uses

  •  What are the Risk Factors of Cataracts?

There are several risk factors for Cataracts.

• Smoking & Alcohol usage
• Prolonged exposure to sunlight
• Conditions such as Diabetes, and other eye conditions

If you think that you have any risk factors asking your eye care professional will give you a heads up on detecting it early.

  • What are Treatments for Cataracts?

There are several treatment options for those with Cataracts. While surgery is the primary treatment for Cataracts, there are several treatments that can help as the condition progresses. You should know, cataract surgery is the most common surgery performed every day in the world and is relatively safe an easy 20 minute procedure.

• Change of Prescriptions
• Anti-glare Sunglasses
• Magnifying lenses
• Artificial lenses
• Surgery – Phoacoemulsification (Phaco AKA Small incision)

Watch an informative overview of Cataract procedures below:

Risk Factors of Cataracts

It is said that Diabetes is the second leading reason for developing cataracts in the United States. So what’s the number one reason? Age. It is a fact that by age 75 about 70% of Americans will have cataracts that will affect their daily life. That is quite a big number. And what can we do about it. Reduce the risk factors as much as possible and get regular check ups to protect your vision.

Below are some risk factors for Cataracts:

Risk Factors:

 Age
 Diabetes
 Smoking
 Obesity
 Medications [Such as Corticosteroids or Prolonged use of steriods]
 Chemotherapy

Although Cataracts is typically a slowly progressive disease and can generally be caught soon. In some people for instance those with Diabetes it can progress rapidly. It is always best to get your eyes examined whenever you see changes in vision. It could mean your vision if its not taken care of properly.

Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler, MD is a renowned eye surgeon specializing in Cataracts Surgery and other vision correction procedures, such as LASIK or Visian ICL.

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Learn more about cataracts here: http://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/cataract-surgery.htm