Once a cataract has been diagnosed, the next most logical question is what should be done about it. In this section you can learn about the various technologies that are used in cataract care both surgical and non surgical options.
It is a fact, that cataracts are irreversible; neither with eye drops, pills, eye exercises, glasses, accupuncture, herbs, nor any other non surgical methods. Just as one cannot unboil an egg, one can't reverse a cataract once it has formed.
Most patients diagnosed with a cataract are faced with a choice of either coping with the symptoms, while trying to address them with glasses or contacts, or undergoing the definitive treatment of cataract extraction.
The definitive treatment for cataracts is cataract extraction.
There are several widely accepted indications for having cataract surgery.
1. Vision has become so inadequate that it interferes with everyday tasks, such as driving, watching TV, reading, hobbies, etc.
2. The cataract is causing glaucoma and is threatening irreversible loss of vision
3. The cataract is causing inflammation and is threatening irreversible loss of vision
4. The cataract precludes the view of the back of the eye and is interfering with the treatment of a retinal problem such as diabetic retinopathy or macular degeneration.
Modern cataract extraction includes several options. These will depend on the general status of your eye as well as the skill set of the surgeon. Your candidacy for the various procedures is best discussed during a visit with your doctor.
At the Benjamin Eye institute we offer all the available options for cataract care, including:
- Femto Second Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery
- Presbyopia Correcting IOLs, such as ReSTOR, Tecnis Multifocal, and Crystalens
- Management of Astigmatism
All premium cataract services come with a no questions asked refractive outcome guarantee, backed up by our own in-house laser vision correction platform.
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Non Surgical Options:
If the cataract is causing decreased vision, glasses or contacts may be prescribed to attempt to improve the vision.
If the cataract is causing halos or glare, anti-reflective coating or polarized lenses could be tried to alleviate the symptoms.