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Cataracts are something the human race has been dealing with for a long time. Archaeologists have even uncovered tools from ancient Rome that were used for removing them. Even ancient people looked for and found ways of dealing with this common eye condition that is most commonly associated with aging. The good news is that these eye nuisances can be treated much more easily and safely in modern times that they were 2,000 years ago.
A cataract is a cloudy area on the normally clear lens of your eye. The clouds are composed of bits of protein and other eye detritus. If someone has particularly thick cataracts, their vision may look like viewing things through a frosted or foggy window. This can make it difficult to read, drive, see at night, and even read the expressions on other people's faces.
How are Cataracts Treated?
In ancient Rome, they were treated by putting a long metal tube with a pointy tip on the surface of the eye, and twirling the tube between the fingers to create a vacuum to pull the cataract off the eye and up the thin tube. Without numbing drops to ease the blinking reflex, this was likely a difficult procedure to go through and to perform on someone. Today, however, it is much easier and safer to treat cataracts.
Most of the time, they develop slowly over years, and your eye doctor may see them there at your annual eye exams for a long time before anything really needs to be done about them. When they do eventually begin to interfere with your vision, your optometrist will likely recommend using stronger lighting at home, and wearing special sunglasses when you are out and about during the day. Once the cataracts start interfering with how you perform your daily activities, which they will eventually, you will need cataract surgery to remove them.
Cataract surgery today is a safe and effective procedure that uses a laser to break up the cataracts. They are then gradually flushed from the eyes over the course of several days, as the eyes heal. When all the pieces of the cataracts are gone, normal, clear vision is restored. The surgery is painless, and there is minimal downtime afterward as you recover. If the cataracts come back, as they sometimes do, you can easily and safely have this procedure done again, with equal effectiveness.
What to Do Next
Contact us today to set up your initial appointment with us. You will receive your annual eye exam, and we will check you for cataracts. If you need treatment for them, we will recommend the best type for the kind of cataracts you have. If you need surgery for them, we will provide a referral to a surgeon, and give you all of your pre and post-operative care.
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