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Cataract Surgery

Over 50% of people aged 65 and older have a cataract in one or both eyes. As the cataract progresses, vision deteriorates, leading to a decreased quality of life.

Fortunately, cataract surgery can easily treat this condition. This common surgery has a high success rate, with over 95% of all cataract surgeries free of even mild complications.

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Cataracts are one of the leading causes of vision loss in people aged 65 or older. This condition develops as the eye ages, meaning that by the time we reach 80, more than half of us will have developed a cataract or will have undergone cataract surgery.

Without cataract surgery, millions of people around the world would be unable to see clearly.

What Are Cataracts?

A cataract is a clouding of the lens in your eye which is normally transparent. The lens, located inside the eye, behind the iris and the pupil, focuses light onto the retina at the back of your eye, where it is converted to nerve signals that are passed to the brain, thus enabling you to see.

When your lens becomes cloudy, the images projected onto your retina become blurry and unfocused and therefore the signal to the brain is also unclear.


What Causes Cataracts?

Cataracts are part of the natural aging process of the eye. While the majority of cases develop in old age, there are instances of congenital cataracts, present at birth. Further, secondary or traumatic cataracts can occur at any age as a result of eye injury, surgery, or disease.

Certain medical, genetic, and behavioral risk factors can also accelerate its development, such as diabetes, a family history of cataracts, smoking and excessive alcohol consumption.

What Are the Symptoms of Cataracts?

Symptoms of a cataract may develop slowly at first, or may not even be noticeable.

The most common symptoms include:

  • Blurred or double vision
  • Trouble seeing at night
  • Sensitivity to glare
  • Colored halos around lights
  • Colors appearing more faded
  • Requiring brighter light for reading

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When To Consider Cataract Surgery?

Cataracts don’t suddenly develop overnight. They generally start off small and only begin to noticeably affect your vision as they grow. You should consider getting cataract surgery once the condition begins to seriously impair your vision and adversely affects your daily life, impacting your ability to:

  • Read
  • Drive
  • Play golf or tennis
  • Watch TV
  • Recognize faces

Surgery should also be considered if it’s preventing the treatment of another eye problem, such as glaucoma. The good news is that cataract surgery successfully restores vision in the vast majority of cases.

Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery, a relatively quick and painless procedure, is one of the most common surgeries performed in North America.

This surgery involves removing the clouded natural lens and replacing it with a clear, plastic intraocular lens (IOL) that becomes a permanent part of the eye.

IOLs are usually made of plastic and most of them are monofocal lenses or single power lenses to correct for distance vision. As technology advances, specialized IOLs continue to be developed. From multifocal IOLs to IOLs that block UV and blue light radiation, patients have greater options available to them now than ever before.

If you or a loved one has cataracts and would like more information on cataract surgery, please contact Dr. Tu today.

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  • During cataract surgery, the clouded lens is removed and replaced with an intraocular lens (IOL). The PanOptix Trifocal intraocular lens offers many benefits, enabling patients to clearly see near, far, and everything in between.
  • More than half of all people aged 65 and older have a cataract in one or both eyes. As the cataract progresses, vision deteriorates, leading to a decreased quality of life.
  • Cataracts turn the eye’s crystalline lens from clear to cloudy. If undiagnosed, unmonitored, and untreated, cataracts can lead to blindness. While cataracts can’t be prevented, you can lower your risk by taking specific steps. Make an appointment with us, so we can help you maintain clear vision for as long as possible.
  • Cataracts are one of the leading causes of blindness worldwide. Fifty percent of people will begin to develop at least one cataract by age 60. Every year, almost 3 million people undergo cataract surgery — one of the most common and safest surgeries performed in North America.
  • The cost of cataract surgery depends on many factors, such as eye health, age, medical history, or past eye surgery. However, your health insurance plan, such as Medicaid, Medicare, or private medical insurance, will really determine the amount you will pay out-of-pocket versus through insurance.
  • IOL or intraocular lens, is a medical device implanted in the eye to replace the eye's natural lens. Typically used for people with cataracts, artificial intraocular lenses have also achieved impressive results for the nearsighted (myopia), farsighted (presbyopia), and even those with astigmatism.