What Are Cataracts and How Are They Treated?

Posted on 2013/10/18 at 12:38 pm by LASIK MD

What Are Cataracts?

A cataract is a vision-impairing clouding of the lens of the eye. It may result in blurred or cloudy vision, faded perception of colors, and double vision. Night vision may also be poor, presenting a glare and halo around bright lights (this symptom may be present during the day as well). Prescriptions for contact lenses or glasses change quickly. As cataracts progress, symptoms worsen, or new symptoms might develop.

Who Gets Cataracts?

Cataracts are usually associated with aging. More than half of all people in North America develop a cataract by age 80. Some people have cataracts in both eyes simultaneously while others are only affected in one eye.

Can Cataracts Be Treated?

Cataract treatment is safe, common, and proven to be effective. An impressive 95 percent of people who suffer from cataracts experience drastic improvement after a procedure. Cataract surgery involves removing the cloudy natural lens and replacing it with an artificial lens. The process starts with a gentle application of eye drops and gel to numb the eye. No needles are needed. Once the eye is numbed, an incision measuring just one-tenth of an inch is made in the cornea. The clouded lens is removed using ultrasound technology and an instrument called a phacoemulsifier. The new lens is carefully folded and inserted through the opening in the cornea. Once inside, the lens unfolds and settles into place. The incision requires no stitches and starts to heal very rapidly. The whole process requires only about 10 minutes.

If I Have Cataracts, Am I a Candidate for LASIK?

If you have cataracts, traditional LASIK alone is not appropriate. Consider the problem: What are cataracts? Foggy lenses. What does LASIK do? It reshapes the cornea but does not replace the lens. Cataract treatment, on the other hand, generally also corrects the common refractive errors treated by LASIK: myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism.

It is possible that a residual prescription for distance vision will be left after cataract treatment. If you choose LASIK MD’s affiliate CATARACT MD for your procedure, secondary laser vision touch-ups will be provided at no additional charge, guaranteeing that you have the best vision possible after your cataracts are treated.


CATARACT MD, a leader in the industry, has surgeons who are among the most experienced in their field and have a history of pioneering modern cataract procedures. Procedures are not performed in large hospitals; rather, they are performed in comfortable, private facilities with the best available sterilization techniques and state-of-the-art equipment.

If you have cloudy vision or suspect you may be developing cataracts, call CATARACT MD to discuss whether you are a candidate for this life-changing procedure.

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