How Do I Know If I Have A Cataract?

Dr. Richard Miller, Ophthalmology Surgeon

“Now is an exciting time to be a Cataract Surgeon,” says Dr. Richard Miller, Ophthalmologist and Fellowship Trained Corneal Specialist at Miller Eye Center. “With the latest technological advances there are now lens replacement options called Lifestyle Lens implants that can reduce or eliminate your need for glasses after surgery.”

What are cataracts?
Cataracts are the leading cause of visual loss in adults 55 and over. A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens inside your eye. This lens, located behind the iris works just like the lens of a camera – focusing light images on the retina, which sends images to the brain. The human lens can become so clouded it prevents light and images from reaching the retina.

How do you know if you have cataract?
To truly know that you have cataract you must be seen by an Ophthalmologist. Some symptoms to watch for are: Is your vision blurry or foggy? Do colors appear dull or muted? Are your glasses no longer working? Does sunlight or other light seem overly bright or glaring? Do you have decreased night vision or see halos around lights? Do you have trouble seeing the crawl on the bottom of your TV screen? Are your hobbies more difficult to do?

When is the best time to treat cataracts?
Many people believe cataracts have to be “ripe” before they can be removed. Today, cataract surgery is a routine procedure that can be performed as soon as your vision interferes with the quality of your life.

What are my options?
“Thanks to the new advancements in lens technology I can offer options to my patients that simply were not available until the last 5 or so years.” Prior to that time the standard monofocal lens implant was the only choice available for patients with cataracts. This lens gave you only one good focal point but required glasses for most activities after your surgery.

Miller Eye Center offers two Lifestyle Lens options:

• Multifocal Lens - will allow you to see near, mid-range and far with a reduced dependency on glasses or eliminate the need altogether.

• Toric Lens - will correct the cataract and astigmatism at the same time.

Although Lifestyle Lenses are not for everyone, it is definitely worth finding out if you are a candidate. During your visit we will determine if you are ready for cataract surgery and if so, we will discuss which lens option will be best for you.

Fortunately, we live in a time when correcting cataracts is relatively simple and a pain free 20 to 30 minute operation. Most patients are back to their normal activities the very next day. With today’s Lifestyle Lens advances the results can be extraordinary, allowing patients to enjoy the best vision of their lives living the active lifestyles that they want!

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