Cataracts are a very common cause of visual impairment in older adults. Cataracts are considered an inevitable part of aging, and are relatively common among adults older than 55 years of age. In fact, half of all Americans have them—or have had cataract surgery—by age 80. In other words, if you live long enough, you will likely develop cataracts. If a cataract does not seriously affect your vision, we recommend not having surgery. Simply adjusting the current glasses or contact lens prescription is often the only required step for mild to moderate levels of cataracts.
The only way to treat a visually significant cataract is through cataract surgery. Modern-day cataract surgery makes use of a vast array of high-tech equipment and surgical techniques, and our doctors utilize the latest advancements. Cataract surgery is now an outpatient procedure, and is designed to be comfortable and offer a quick recovery. Please feel free to visit the pages of our cataract center on this website. Here you will find information about lens implant options.
When a cataract is removed, an artificial lens implant is placed in the eye. This new lens is called an intraocular lens (IOL). There are various options for lens implants, and each style of lens implant has specific goals and targets. Your doctor will help you decide which lens is best for you, depending on your lifestyle and wishes. We encourage you to read about your options and contact us to if you have any questions. A consultation with one of our highly skilled cataract surgeons will provide you with all the information you need to make the right choice for you.