You may have heard of cataracts or even know someone who has them. You may even know someone who has had their cataracts removed. If you’re that latter, then you realize that, while cataracts are one of the leading causes of vision impairment, the effects of this condition don’t have to be permanent. If your vision has lost its vibrancy and you feel like you’re living behind a wall of fog, now is a great time to get to know what cataract-removal surgery can do for you. The team at our Ocala, FL eye institute understands the impact of cataracts, as well as the impact of removal. Here, we discuss why now is a great time to treat cloudy, blurry vision.
What are Cataracts?
Hearing the term cataracts doesn’t mean that, if you start to notice cloudy vision, you know exactly what is happening within the eye. First, you should know that cataracts don’t usually develop in both eyes at once. Both eyes may eventually develop cataracts but not at the same rate. It isn’t necessary to wait for both eyes to be affected to seek treatment. Most ophthalmologists recommend doing the opposite. Cataracts are the formation of clumps of protein on the natural lens of the eye. Once that first little protein particle sticks, more will stick to it. Over time, this creates a film that cannot be blinked away. The only option is to remove the natural lens of the eye. But when we do that, we must have a suitable replacement?
What is an Intraocular Lens?
The term intraocular lens (IOL) is how your ophthalmologist describes the new lens that they will insert into the same “pocket” that held your natural lens. The cataract removal process uses specific techniques to break up the clouded lens so it can be removed without disrupting the structure of its capsule. The capsule can then hold the artificial lens, the IOL. There are two categories of IOLs that are commonly used. These two types have existed for many years and have successfully restored better vision to millions of people.
- A Monofocal IOL provides vision at one focal point; usually distance. Patients will need glasses for reading, computer and close up work.
- A Multifocal IOL has multiple powers that support a variety of distances. This type of premium lens allows you to see where your drive lands and write down the score all without the need for glasses.
Don’t let cataracts keep you from living your best life. Contact Central Florida Eye Institute at (352) 237-8400 to schedule your consultation with board-certified ophthalmologist Dr. Croley.