Cataracts: Exams and Treatment in Fort Lauderdale
What is a Cataract?
A Cataract is an eye condition characterized by the ‘opacification’ of the eye whereby blurry regions form in the lens of the eye. If your vision is beginning to get cloudy and you are over age 60, you should probably get an eye examination for cataracts. We offer eye exams in our Fort Lauderdale office.
In a normally functioning eye, light passes through a clear lens and focuses onto the retina. As a person ages, this may cause the lens to become cloudy over time. The Cataract or blurry, cloudy lens hinders light passing through the eye and causes distorted, blurred, cloudy vision, or glare making it difficult for a person to see, especially under lower light conditions.
If you notice a change in your eyeglasses prescription increased discomfort in driving at night and are starting to get starbursts and halos in your eyesight, then these are early signs of cataracts. If you have cataracts reading a paper or online, tennis, golfing or driving can become more and more challenging.
Fortunately, cataract surgery is a popular and effective outpatient procedure that causes little or no discomfort. It is typically performed using a LASIK procedure and recovery time can take as little as a day or two.
According to the National Institutes of Health, getting cataract surgery is the most common operation in the United States. 2.7 million cataract operations are performed annually. In addition, many Americans 40 and older experience early signs and even full cases of cataracts. Another startling statistic is that over 50% of Americans over age 65 have developed a high level of cataracts.
The great news is that this condition is easy to detect with an eye exam and can be treated. Contact us today to schedule your appointment at our Fort Lauderdale eyecare office to find out if you have cataracts or to treat your current condition.