CATARACTS & CATARACT SURGERY
A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens in the eye. Aging is the most common cause of a cataract because of natural changes that occur in the lens as we get older.
NORMAL LENS (CLEAR)
CATARACT LENS (CLOUDY)
Symptoms of a cataract include:
GLARE / HALOES
DIFFICULTY WITH NIGHTTIME VISION
Initially these symptoms may be treated with glasses but for the majority of patients, symptoms progress and cataract surgery becomes an option. The determination of when a cataract is "ripe" is highly personalized and takes into account your daily activities (for example: driving, golfing, tennis, clear near work like sewing or reading). In other words, if you feel like you cannot see well enough to live your life, cataract surgery may be appropriate.
A comprehensive/dilated exam is important at this point to make sure that the cataract has indeed grown and that there isn't another cause for the vision changes (like glaucoma or macular degeneration).
WHAT IS CATARACT SURGERY?
Cataract surgery is quick, safe, and effective - the cloudy cataract is removed and replaced with an artificial lens.
Dr. Gupta offers the latest in cataract surgery technology including laser-assisted cataract surgery, and advanced technology lenses.
You don’t necessarily need surgery as soon as a cataract is directed. Cataracts can interfere with your vision, but they don’t damage your eyes. Cataract surgery is performed when a patient’s cataract develops to the point where it interferes with their daily life.
Cataract surgery is quick, safe, and effective - it involves removing the cataract and replacing it with an artificial lens. Surgery typically takes <30 minutes. It is performed under IV sedation ("conscious sedation"). You will need to use anti-inflammatory eye drops after surgery only.
Basic cataract surgery with a standard monodical lens is covered by Medicare and commercial insurance plans. If medically appropriate, you may be a candidate for non-covered surgical options including laser-assisted cataract surgery and advanced technology lenses to help achieve your sharpest vision and reduce your dependence on glasses.