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Cataracts

A cataract is a clouding of the crystalline lens inside the eye. Just like the windows in your home getting foggy in the winter makes it harder to see the porch across the street, so does the cataract make it harder to see things clearly; especially at night. Patients with cataracts will often complain that they are bothered more by glare from oncoming headlights or that they are having to use brighter lights to read by. Some people complain that colors appear duller.

Cataracts are strange in that for some patients, a cataract that appears very minor to the doctor causes significant vision problems to the patient. Conversely, a patient may have no complaints about his vision and yet, the cataracts are so dense, it is a wonder that he was able to find his way to the office! Cataracts are also unpredictable. A cataract that is not affecting vision today may require surgery in 6 weeks. 

When surgery is required, the procedure is quick, painless, and has a rapid recovery period. Simply put, the surgeon will make a small incision in the side of the cornea near the limbus (where the white sclera and the colored iris come together). Through this incision, the natural lens is broken apart with a high frequency probe and sucked away. An artificial lens is then inserted back into the eye. Since the artificial lenses come in different powers, most people no longer need glasses after cataract surgery!