Cataracts occur when the lens of the eye becomes cloudy. If you are over the age of 60 you probably have cataracts. The good news about cataracts is that they are curable. Cataract surgery involves removing of the eye’s natural lens (where cataracts form) and replacing it with an artificial lens. Modern cataract surgery is among the most successful of all surgical procedures performed in the United States.
The first evidence of cataracts is usually discovered during an examination. The components of a cataract examination are very similar to a general eye exam with a few additional tests to determine whether or not surgery is a viable option. You may be asked about vision problems under low lighting conditions and in situations where glare is a problem (like night driving). You may also be asked about any difficulties in performing tasks like driving, reading, and recreational activities.
A general health history is important because certain conditions contribute to the development of cataracts as well as the prognosis after surgery. A thorough review of medications is also necessary to determine whether such medications could affect surgical decisions or procedures.
Visual Acuity and glare testing are important components when evaluating cataracts. The glare test is administered with a device that measures the effect of simulated glare on visual function. An examination of the eyes through dilated pupils is critical to determine the nature and the severity of the cataract. The doctor will also assess the overall health of the eyes to determine if there are any additional problems that may limit the potential for quality vision following surgery.
If you are a candidate for surgery, we will schedule you for further education regarding lens implant options and for preoperative measurements.
Please call us at 239-936-2020 to schedule your cataract evaluation.