Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss in the U.S. A cataract is the gradual clouding of the natural lens of your eye. In order to see clearly your lens needs to focus light on your retina. When your lens is cloudy, less light passes through to the retina decreasing and distorting your vision. Dr. Greenberg will replace your cloudy lens with a new, clear intraocular lens.
Some common symptoms of cataracts are:
- Blurry vision- seems like a “film” over your eyes
- Decreased vision at night
- Sensitive to glare, especially driving at night
- Halos around lights
- Lights seem too dim for reading or close-up work
- Colors seem dull
- Changing your eyeglass prescription often but not helping your vision
Although there is no way to prevent cataracts, they are treatable with cataract surgery, which is the most commonly performed surgery in the U.S. Only one eye is treated at a time taking only about 20 minutes to complete. It is an out-patient procedure allowing you to return to most activities within a couple days.
There are new specialty lens options available now including a toric lens that corrects astigmatism and a multifocal lens that reduces your need for glasses altogether. When your vision begins to restrict your ability to participate in normal activities such as driving, reading, sewing and working on the computer it may be time to talk to Dr. Greenberg about your cataract surgery options.
Because cataracts develop slowly and painlessly, it is important to have your yearly eye exam with Dr. Greenberg to maintain good vision. To schedule your eye exam please call (248) 649-2820.