The eyes are susceptible to injury and many diseases and disorders at any age but as we age the eye becomes a target for several age-related diseases. One of these diseases that generally affect the vision of seniors is a cataract. San Diego cataracts slowly hamper the eye’s ability to see clearly and will eventually lead to blindness in the affected eye. Eye surgery by Dr. Kelly S. Keefe, MD is the only way to restore sight to an eye that is suffering from a mature cataract. Cataracts can occur in one eye or in both eyes at the same general time but are not transferred from one eye to the other.
A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens of the eye, which performs the same light gathering and focusing tasks for the eye as a camera lens does on a camera. The lens is made of protein, which as we age can begin to clump together, which is commonly thought to be the cause of cataracts. Over time the protein will continue to clump causing the cataract to grow until it is ready for eye surgery. Symptoms of San Diego cataracts include, blurred vision, a increasing difficulty in driving especially at night, a brownish tint in vision as well as difficulty in reading and recognizing facial features.
Eye surgery is done when the cataract has reached an advanced level that it is affecting our patient’s quality of life and ability to do whatever they want. San Diego cataracts develop slowly; our doctors will treat the cataract with stronger vision correction prescriptions and recommending stronger lighting for reading as well as the use of sunglasses when outdoors. Our doctors perform cataract surgery as an outpatient procedure. First the eye is numbed and then two small slits are made in the cornea to allow tiny instruments inside. A hole is then made in the capsule where the lens is and an ultrasound probe is used to emulsify the lens into a liquid, which is then sucked away. Our doctors will then replace the natural lens with an artificial one that becomes a permanent part of the eye. The intraocular replacement lens returns vision to normal, often better than the patient’s pre-cataract vision because it usually rectifies any nearsightedness that the patient had. Cataract surgery is one of the most common surgical procedures in the US and has an extremely high success rat. If your vision has begun to get blurry give our office a call to set up an appointment.