A cataract forms in the eye’s natural lens when some of the protein contained in this lens clumps together and starts to cloud the lens. Over time, it may grow denser and cloud more of the lens, making it more difficult to see.
Surgery may be appropriate when your cataracts have progressed enough to impair your vision and affect your daily life. While many people consider compromised vision an inevitable fact of aging, cataract surgery is a simple, comfortable procedure to regain vision. Cataract surgery has proven very successful in restoring vision.
Cataract surgery entails the removal of a patient’s clouded lens and in most cases, replacing it with a clear, plastic intraocular lens (IOL).
The design and composition of IOLs are constantly evolving in order to make the surgery less complicated for surgeons and the lenses more helpful to patients. Newly developed lenses like Presbyopia-correcting IOLs can potentially help patients see at all distances.
For more information, please visit The American Academy of Ophthalmology.