One of them most common reasons new patients come to us is for cataract treatment. In our 20 years practicing in Glen Burnie, our surgeons have done literally thousands of cataract surgeries. A cataract is a cloudy area in the lens in the front of the eye. There is no pain associated with the condition but there are other symptoms, including:
- Blurred/hazy vision
- Degradation in Color Perception
- Sensitivity to glare
- A feeling of film over the eye(s)
Why do Cataracts Develop?
Most people develop cataracts simply as a result of aging. Because of this, the majority of cases occur in people over the age of 55. Other risk factors include eye injury or disease, a family history of cataracts, smoking or use of certain medications. Cataracts eventually lead to blurred vision, glare and a decrease in color perception. For this reason, most people seek cataract treatment at some point in their lives.
What is Cataract Treatment?
For people who are significantly affected by cataracts, we usually recommend an operation for cataracts called lens replacement surgery. During lens replacement surgery, the most common surgical procedure in the country, we remove the lens and replace it with an artificial one called an intraocular lens, or IOL. This allows the eye to have focusing power after surgery.
View an educational presentation about cataract treatment below