The lens of the human eye can become clouded with clumps of protein, leading to blurred vision. This condition, called cataracts, is common among senior citizens. In fact, most cataracts are age-related cataracts, although congenital cataracts that are present at birth and cataracts that form as a result of disease or injury can also occur. In addition to being classified by cause, cataracts can be classified by where they occur. Continue reading to find out more.
The central portion of the eye lens is called the nucleus, and this is the most common site for cataracts. Cataracts that develop here, called nuclear cataracts, are primarily age-related cataracts. The symptoms of nuclear cataracts include dimmed or blurry vision, problems associated with glare, and difficulty distinguishing different colors. However, for a short time before these symptoms develop, a person with nuclear cataracts may actually experience improved near vision.
The cortex of the lens, or its outside edges, is another area where cataracts develop. Cortical cataracts are often associated with age, though they are also connected to diabetes. These cataracts, in particular, can make it difficult to see when there is any glare. As a result, individuals with cortical cataracts often have difficulty driving at night. It is also possible for cortical cataracts to cause double vision.
Cataracts sometimes form on the back surface of the lens, beneath the lens capsule. These cataracts, called subcapsular cataracts, tend to cause vision problems very early in their development. Subcapsular cataracts can cause halos around lights and problems with glare. Nearsighted individuals and diabetics have an increased risk of developing subcapsular cataracts.
If you have begun noticing blurred or dimmed vision, halos around lights, or difficulty seeing when there is any glare, you may be suffering from one or more of these types of cataracts. For an evaluation, schedule an appointment at Maloney Vision Institute. We provide cataract surgery at our ophthalmology clinic in Los Angeles. To find out more, visit our website or call Maloney Vision Institute at (310) 889-0732.
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Have you recently been diagnosed with cataracts? If so, you may be considering cataract surgery to permanently correct this problem. Your Los Angeles eye surgeon can help you prepare for this surgery if you decide that it is the best treatment option for you. Continue reading to find out more about cataract surgery preparation.
Visit Your Ophthalmologist for a Consultation
The first step in preparing for cataract surgery is ensuring that you are a good candidate for the procedure. Only a qualified eye surgeon can determine this, so you must schedule a consultation. During the consultation, your surgeon will examine your eyes, ask you questions about your optical and overall health, and explain the steps of the procedure. If you and your ophthalmologist decide that cataract surgery is the right option for you, you can schedule your surgery and begin preparing for the procedure itself.
Follow Your Ophthalmologist’s Instructions
There are certain medications that you may need to stop using before surgery. These include anything that could cause you to bleed excessively during the procedure. If you wear contact lenses, stop wearing them at least three days before your cataract surgery. Your eye surgeon will prescribe antibiotic eye drops which you should use according to his or her instructions. Finally, you will need to fast for the eight hours before your surgery and avoid wearing makeup or lotion on your face on surgery day.
Make Recovery Arrangements
Before you actually arrive for your procedure, you should make arrangements for your post-surgical recovery. You will not be able to return to work that day and may want to request a few days off following your procedure so that you can comfortably recover. You will not be able to drive immediately following your procedure, so you will need to arrange transportation to get you home.
If you are interested in cataract surgery, take the first preparatory step by scheduling a consultation at Maloney Vision Institute. We can help you determine if this is the right procedure for you and provide more detailed instructions to help you prepare. For more information, contact us online or at (310) 889-0732.
I had PRK (a type of Lasik) done by Dr. Maloney in 2009 after I developed a condition that made it impossible for me to wear contacts anymore (a note to the wise, don't sleep in your contacts unless they were designed for that!). It wasn't something I was thrilled about doing, but I weighed the alternative of always wearing my glasses...
Diminished vision can affect everyone, including celebrities. Michael Bolton is one celebrity who has recently undergone LASIK surgery to correct his vision problems. Check out this video to hear his reflection on the procedure.
In the video clip, Michael discusses how excited he was after his surgery—he even asked if he was imagining just how vivid the scenery around him was. Learn more about Michael’s memorable golf game on the day following his procedure by watching this video.
The surgeon who performed Michael’s LASIK surgery was Dr. Robert Maloney of Maloney Vision Institute. To schedule a consultation at our office in Los Angeles, call Maloney Vision Institute today at (310) 889-0732.