Cataracts

Cataract Surgery in Charleston

What are Cataracts?

Cataract is the leading cause of blindness in the world, but fortunately it is correctable. It is the most common surgery for Americans over the age of 65. 95% of people 85 years old have cataracts. Almost 50% of people 65 have a developing cataract.

Causes

  • Aging – when our vision starts to require glasses for reading, the cataract process begins, but takes 20+ years to form.
  • From birth – This can be genetic or from infections while in the womb
  • Traumatic – severe injuries to the eye can cause a cataract to form
  • Oxidation stresses – UV radiation,” therapeutic” radiation, medication, and toxic chemicals Lifestyle again is preventive.

Cataracts are the leading cause of visual loss in adults age 55 and older. A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens inside your eye. This lens is a clear, disc-shaped structure located behind the iris (the colored portion of the eye). The human lens acts much like the lens in a camera, focusing the images on the retina of the eye. The retina then transfers the visual image to the brain, which permits vision.

When a cataract develops, the lens becomes opaque or cloudy and vision may become impaired. Cataracts are most often a result of aging although anyone can get them. When the lens becomes cloudy and causes vision loss great enough to interfere with normal daily activities, surgical removal is required to improve vision.

Symptoms

Common symptoms of a cataract include:

  • a painless blurring of vision;
  • light sensitivity
  • poor night vision
  • double vision in one eye
  • needing a brighter light to read
  • colors looking faded or yellow

The cloudiness and pattern of a cataract can vary. If the cloudiness is to the side of your field of vision, you may not be aware that you have a cataract.

There are many misconceptions about cataracts. A cataract is not a film over the eye and does not spread from one eye to the other. How quickly a cataract progresses varies among individuals and may even differ between the two eyes. Most age-related cataracts progress gradually over a period of years.

Treatment

Surgery is the only way to cure a cataract. Cataract surgery can be performed when your vision needs require it. During cataract surgery your cloudy lens is removed from the eye and replaced with a permanent intraocular lens. New technology and surgical advancements have made cataract surgery a painless, outpatient procedure. Exciting new lens offerings provide options to patients as well, allowing cataract patients to see well at all distances without the help of glasses, bifocals or reading glasses.

Cataract removal by David Vroman, MD, Millin Budev, MD, Michelle S. Ying, MD or Kristiana Neff, MD at Carolina Cataract & Laser Center is handled through a relatively easy, outpatient surgical procedure at a local surgery facility. Your surgeon will work with you to evaluate your cataract, discuss recommended treatment options and to schedule surgery if needed.

If you, or a loved one, is over the age of 55, experiencing decreased or blurry vision and would like to receive a cataract evaluation, please call to schedule an appointment at (843) 797.3676.

Cataract Surgery with Carolina Cataract & Laser Center

Carolina Cataract & Laser Center welcomed patients to its new state-of-the-art facility in the spring of 2008. With offices in three convenient locations, Ladson, Mt Pleasant and West Ashley, quality surgical eye care is now more available than ever.

Carolina Cataract & Laser Center surgeons Michelle S. Ying, MD, David T. Vroman, MD, Millin C. Budev, MD and Kristiana D. Neff, MD are well-known and respected leaders in the field of ophthalmology and have helped thousands of patients achieve their own visual freedom through surgical treatments. Cataracts, LASIK, corneal transplants and refractive lens exchange options have all made this an exciting time for vision correction while providing patients more treatment options than ever before.

The surgeons and staff of Carolina Cataract & Laser Center know that you have a choice when deciding who to trust your vision to. Our highly-skilled surgeons and staff treat every patient as they would their own family member and are committed to providing the best care possible. Every patient. Every time.

From your first phone call inquiry through your last exam, our staff has your personal satisfaction in mind. Patients are encouraged to call us at (843) 797.3676 or to email: contact@carolinacataract.com for more information or to schedule a surgical evaluation.

Ready for your own visual freedom? Call today to schedule an evaluation at (843) 797.3676

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