IF YOU THINK A LOVED ONE HAS CATARACTS, HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
What are Cataracts?
A cataract is the clouding of the lens progressing slowly over several years often as a natural result of aging. Other causes of cataracts include diabetes, trauma, and overuse of steroids. Over time, cataracts give rise to glare, halos around lights, and/or double vision. Eventually, cataracts can cause physical disability and blindness.
When should you get treatment?
Early on, a new pair of glasses may be sufficient. However, when reduced vision starts to interfere with daily activities like reading and driving, you might want to consider surgery.
Monofocal v.s. Multifocal IOL implants
Choosing the correct type of lens implant to replace the cloudy cataract is probably the most important thing to consider. A monofocal implant provides excellent vision at only one distance, usually for seeing things from afar. Thus, eyeglasses might still be needed for near-vision activities like reading.Multifocal IOLs on the other hand provide excellent vision at a variety of distances, making you less dependent on glasses. These modern IOLs have made the outcomes of cataract surgery more amazing. Multifocal IOLs, however, are costlier and much more difficult to implant than monofocal IOLs.
Can cataracts be treated with laser?