A cataract is the clouding which occurs in the natural lens of the human eye. When we look at an object or enjoy colorful scenery, we depend on a clear pathway for light to travel from the outside world to the eye. Light and visual information travel through the cornea, pupil, and lens to the retina. The retina then sends this visual information to the brain.
Cataracts can cause multiple symptoms, including blurred vision, glare, halos, poor contrast and generalized visual discomfort. Patients may have difficulty driving, watching television, focusing on a computer, tablet (iPad, Kindle, Nook), smartphone, or reading. The haziness of vision may be similar to looking through a windshield during a rain or snowstorm. As cataracts progress, patients may feel that their vision no longer lets them enjoy common activities such as driving, watching television or walking safely.
More than 20 million patients in the United States have cataracts with an estimated 30 million patients affected by 2020. With the growth in our population and older patients leading active lives, cataract progression can result in a decrease in quality of life as well as the increase in the risk of falling, fractures, and depression.
Cataracts are treatable by cataract surgery, which is among the most common procedures performed in the United States. Drs. Miano and Goel are board certified and perform cataract surgery using the latest technologies and at the state of the art Wills Eye Surgery Center of Cherry Hill.
We often follow patients for many years while their cataracts are developing and until symptoms have an increased impact on daily activities. Patients are encouraged to learn about cataracts and watch our educational YouTube videos.
We also use the latest lens technologies and can recommend the proper lens implant to replace the cataract once removed. Intraocular Lens (or IOLs) are commonly tailored to each patient’s eye health and visual demands.