Cataract Specialist in Lebanon, PA
The specialists at Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania provide cataract care in Lebanon, PA, using the latest techniques and innovations.
The experienced doctors in our Lebanon office are all board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and continually update their skills and knowledge to offer patients the latest advancements in eye care. You can expect the highest level of safety in our state-of-the-art surgical suites.
What is a Cataract?
The lens of the eye is composed mostly of water and protein. This protein works to keep the lens clear and transparent, allowing light to pass through the eye to the retina, where the images that we see are formed.
As we age, the proteins may begin to clump together and cloud over a small area of the lens. This is called an age-related cataract. It may be mild, moderate, or severe. As time goes on, the cataract may cloud more of the lens. It may also become denser or more opaque, making it difficult for us to see clearly.
Symptoms of Cataracts
You may have a cataract if you are experiencing cloudy or blurred vision; sensitivity to sunlight; glares and halos around bright lights (especially when driving); increasingly poor night vision; fading or yellowing of colors that were once vivid; or difficulty with daily activities, such as reading, watching TV and golfing.
If it turns out you do have a cataract, you are not alone. According to Prevent Blindness America, more than 24 million Americans age 40 and older have at least one cataract. By age 80, more than half of all Americans will have them.
Restore Your Good Vision
The only way to “cure” a cataract is with surgery. The good news is that cataract surgery is one of the safest and most successful procedures performed in the world, is virtually painless and offers a quick recovery. Consequently, more than 3 million cataract surgeries are performed each year in the U.S.
The surgery is usually done on an outpatient basis. The cataract surgeon makes a tiny incision and softens the old, cloudy lens material in order to remove it.
Once all of the cloudy lens material has been removed, a clear artificial lens called an intraocular lens implant (IOL) is inserted through the incision and positioned inside the eye, where it will stay. You will never feel the intraocular lens or even know it’s there.
Cataract surgery is virtually painless and recovery is quick. The incision will heal itself, and stitches are rarely required. The entire surgery takes less than 30 minutes, although there will be some pre-surgery preparations and a short recovery period afterward, so you can expect to be in the surgery center for 1 ½ or 2 hours.
To find out if you have a cataract or to get more information about treatment options in Lebanon, PA, contact a cataract specialist at Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania to schedule an evaluation.
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