A cataract is a condition that causes a buildup of proteins in the eye’s natural lens, clouding the vision. Cataracts cause loss of vision and grow worse as we age, but are not part of the natural aging process.
The cause of cataracts is unknown, but some physicians believe it is the result of:
You may not experience any symptoms when cataracts first develop. Over time, patients may experience:
Some patients also experience yellowish tinged vision and frequent changes in their eyeglass prescriptions. Because cataracts progress slowly, it’s important to maintain regular appointments with Dr. Semel so together you can decide when it’s time to get treatment.
First, Dr. Semel takes down your medical history, talks to you about the symptoms you’ve been experiencing, and performs a physical examination. If Dr. Semel believes you have cataracts, she may perform a dilated eye exam to test your vision. She may also perform a tonometry, which measures pressure in the eye. These tests give her extra information about what may be causing your impaired vision.
If she determines you have cataracts, she will begin to go over your treatment options.
When the symptoms of cataracts are beginning to interfere with your quality of life, you should consider cataract surgery. During surgery, Dr. Semel removes the cloudy lens of the eye, and a new artificial lens is implanted.
Dr. Semel operates with the Catalys Precision Laser System®, which uses 3D imaging to optimize the cataract incision at the best location, depth, and length, making cataract surgery even safer. This process makes the capsulotomy, or the part of surgery where the old lens is removed, much more gentle and precise.
For some patients, Dr. Semel uses the LenSx® Laser. Like the Catalys Precision Laser System, LenSx uses an OCT 3D imaging system to make a proper incision in the eye to remove the lens. It has been used in over 400,000 cataract refractive procedures all across the world.
If you want to regain your vision, contact Dr. Semel today. She’ll go through the pros and cons of each treatment plan and suggest which is best for your needs.
Feel free to email us regarding any scheduling or general questions!