Cataract Surgery

A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens in the eye which can impair your vision. Cataracts are a leading cause of visual loss for people as they age. They can cause the sharpness in your vision to become blurry, bright colors to seem dull and seeing at night more difficult. A cataract can develop in one eye or both and could lead to blindness if left untreated.

A cataract may need to be removed if vision loss interferes with everyday activities, such as driving, reading, or watching TV. You may need to remove a cataract if it prevents an examination or treatment of another eye problem, such as age-related macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy. By having your vision tested regularly, you and your ophthalmologist can discuss when you might need cataract surgery.

When your cataract is removed, the clouded lens is replaced with an intraocular lens (or, IOL). Impressive advances in IOL technology have given many patients a range of options to restore distance vision and to correct near and intermediate vision as well. These lenses are called multifocal, or extended depth of focus IOLs. There are also lenses to correct corneal astigmatism called toric IOLs. No lens or procedure can guarantee that a patient will be able to see without eyeglasses, but here at Island Eye Physicians and Surgeons, we will help you determine which option is best for you.

If you would like to make an appointment for a Cataract Evaluation, you may call us at 360-293-2020.