Cataracts, which are clouding of the lenses of the eyes, are common symptoms of aging. This condition can cause loss of clear vision and color distortion that affects everyday life. Surgery is the standard treatment to remove damaged lenses and replace them with artificial lenses for better vision. At Kubo Optometry in Sacramento, CA, we offer cataract surgery to help individuals see again.
What Are Cataracts?
The lens of the eye is the transparent tissue that lies behind the iris. It helps to focus light rays on the retina for normal vision. Over time, the lens can become less clear, developing a cloudy appearance. This condition interferes with vision, and if left untreated, will gradually worsen.
Symptoms of Cataracts
You may begin to suspect cataracts if you experience blurring of vision, trouble seeing in the dark, difficulty with night driving, double vision or notice colors are duller than normal.
Causes of Cataracts
Most cataracts are a result of normal aging. Some individuals may develop clouding of the lens of the eye because of excessive exposure to ultraviolet light. Some medications, such as corticosteroid drugs, can also increase a person’s risk for cataracts.
Surgery is the standard treatment for cataracts. The surgery is done on an outpatient basis, and you will need someone to drive you home after the procedure. Your doctor will provide a sedative to relax you during surgery, and a numbing agent to prevent discomfort. The clouded lens is removed in a simple procedure, and an artificial lens is implanted to take its place. The surgery takes an hour or less, and the patient is awake during the surgery. Several different types of artificial lenses are available, depending on your individual vision needs. Your eye surgeon will provide instructions and medication to prevent infection and reduce discomfort during healing. Generally, patients experience improvement in their vision immediately after surgery.
Cataract Management in Sacramento, CA
At Kubo Optometry, we have provided residents of Sacramento, CA, with cataract screening, diagnosis, and treatment for many years. Call us today at (916) 443-8034 for more information or to schedule an eye exam.