Cataract Center

CataractAre you in the early stages of developing cataracts. Is your vision becoming blurry and cloudy? If a cataract has impaired your vision it’s time to consider cataract surgery. The good news is that modern day, no-stitch cataract surgery has arrived with state of the art premium lens implants also known as multi-focal lenses.

Understanding cataracts

A cataract is a "clouding" of the eye’s natural lens, which results in blurred or defocused vision. Cataracts are often described as looking through wax paper or cloudy cellophane. According to a recent article published in the Archives of Ophthalmology, more than 20 million adults in the U.S. have developed cataracts making it the number one cause of poor vision in the United States. In most cases cataract surgery is required where the natural lens is replaced with a man made lens often referred to as IOL or intraocular lens. This surgery is highly successful and has been drastically improved over the years.

CataractWhat causes a cataract?

Cataracts are caused mainly by age, trauma, heredity, and exposure to ultraviolet radiation.  Cataracts can also occur as a result of eye disease, after the use of certain medications, or as a result of medical conditions such as diabetes.

  • Getting Older - Age is a major cause of developing cataracts.
  • Birth defect like abnormal conditions in the eyes of unborn babies
  • Environmental factors such as disease, toxic chemicals, medications
  • Accidents or Injuries
  • Exposure to ultraviolet light
  • Cigarette Smoking

Symptoms of cataracts

If a cataract is making it difficult for you to carry out your normal activities most doctors may suggest cataract surgery. Even if your regular vision is not affected you might want cataract surgery to remove a cataract that's causing problems. Palmer Eye Center is pleased to serve the greater Tallahassee area, and we are an easy commute from the city center as well as the surrounding areas of Monticello, Tifton, Capps, Havana, Quincy, Midway, Woodville, Perry and Madison, Florida. Click here to take our Cataract Self-Evaluation Questionnaire.

Did you know?

A recent study evaluated the incidence of hip fractures within one year of cataract surgery in a random sample of Medicare beneficiaries age 65 and older.  Overall, those who had cataracts removed had 16% fewer hip fractures than those who declined surgery. Older patients (aged 80-84) experienced the most significant benefit with 28% fewer hip fractures compared to those in this age range with comparable health who did not have surgery.  And those who had severe cataracts removed had 23% fewer hip fractures than those with severe cataracts who declined surgery.

Informaton provided by the Journal of the American Medical Association, August 2012

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