How Cataracts Affect Quality of Life

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How Cataracts Affect Life Quality

More than half of Americans have developed cataracts by the time they reach their late 70s. Although cataracts cannot be prevented, they can be treated easily and successfully with cataract surgery. In this blog, the ophthalmology team at Berks Eye describes the negative effects that you may notice from cataracts and explains why cataract surgery is so beneficial.

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When Should You Plan to Have Cataract Surgery?

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Cataract Surgery Reading PA

About one in six people over the age of 40 have cataracts, with that figure reaching nearly 50% for patients over 80. Just because it is common does not mean it can be ignored, however. When patients first discover that they have cataracts — either by noticing their vision getting progressively hazier or via a comprehensive eye exam — they often ask the team at Berks Eye when they should seek treatment. Here is what our doctors have to say:

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Understanding the Different Types of Cataracts

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Cataract Treatment Reading PA

When cataracts develop, images gradually become duller and hazier over time. Colors fade and vision slowly dims. These effects have real consequences for the quality of life and safety of individuals whose cataracts have become advanced.

Although the effects are the same, the types of cataracts that precipitate this visual decline vary. Here, the experienced vision care professionals of Berks Eye Physicians and Surgeons review the fundamental causes and effects.

Cataract Types

Cataracts occur when the eye’s lens becomes cloudy, obscuring the image it projects on the retina. This process can begin in our 60s and becomes more common with each passing year.

The most common type of cataract, the nuclear sclerotic cataract, follows this age-related pattern. With this type of cataract, the central part of the lens (nucleus) hardens and gradually becomes yellow or brown. 

Cortical cataracts, by contrast, form around the edges of the lens nucleus. When the clouding begins at the back of the lens, the result is a posterior capsular cataract.

Congenital cataracts are less common, and are usually detected during a child’s first year. 

Medications or diseases such as glaucoma and diabetes can cause a type of cataracts called secondary cataracts. Injury to the eye sometimes results in traumatic cataracts, which may appear years after the initial impact or injury. Radiation cataracts can develop in cancer patients who are receiving radiation treatment.

Surgical Solution

In each case, the solution is the same: cataract surgery, a simple, convenient and routine procedure. Millions of cataract surgeries are performed each year. In this procedure, the clouded lens is removed and replaced with a lens implant that will remain clear for life. Originally performed with the use of a miniature blade, cataract removal is now done using a femtosecond laser to make incisions.

Our premier eye surgeons perform advanced cataract surgical procedures for patients in Reading and throughout southeastern Pennsylvania. We also offer state-of-the-art intraocular lenses that will replace your natural lenses with permanent, resilient artificial lenses that, depending on your preference, can give you superb vision at a variety of distances.

If you would like to learn more about cataracts, we invite you to schedule a personal consultation in our Reading office with one of the skilled ophthalmologists at Berks Eye Physicians and Surgeons today.

Addressing Common Concerns About Cataract Surgery

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Cataract Surgery Reading PA

Cataract surgery involves removing your eye’s natural, clouded lens and replacing it with an artificial lens. Although the procedural steps seem straightforward, it is normal to be a little daunted by the thought of surgery. This might be your first experience with eye surgery and you probably do not know what to expect.

The team at Berks Eye Physicians and Surgeons has many years of experience working with patients just like you, who felt anxious about the surgery. We will never dismiss your fears or brush them off. Instead, we are committed to educating you about the procedure and working with you to navigate your nerves about cataract surgery.

Read on as we address some of the most common concerns about cataract surgery.

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Can Young People Get Cataracts?

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Cataracts in Young
PeopleAccording to the National Eye Institute, more than 95 percent of people with cataracts are age 55 and older. While the vast majority of cataract cases occur beginning at age 40, younger adults, children and infants also can develop cataracts.

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Five Facts You Should Know for Cataract Awareness Month

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Cataract Awareness
MonthCataracts are the most common cause of vision loss in individuals over age 40 and the number one cause of blindness in the world. Cataract Awareness Month is a great time to learn more about the eye disease, including how it’s treated. Here, the trusted team at Berks Eye Physicians and Surgeons shares five facts about cataracts. (more…)

Do Cataract Patients Need to Wear Glasses after Surgery?

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Cataract Patient Reading PAAt Berks Eye Physicians and Surgeons, we have performed cataract surgery and helped thousands of patients achieve clear vision after cataracts. In our experience, one of the most commonly asked questions among prospective patients is whether they will need to wear glasses after surgery. The answer depends on the patient’s eyes and the choices they make about their surgery.

In particular, the type of intraocular lens (IOL) the patient selects heavily influences whether they will need glasses after surgery. During the cataract procedure, the surgeon removes the natural cloudy lens and replaces it with a tiny artificial lens. The lens helps to refract light that enters the eye and provide clearer, sharper vision after surgery. We offer a wide range of IOLs designed to suit our patients’ diverse visual needs and lifestyles. (more…)

Why Do Cataracts Develop?

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Cataract Treatment Reading PAAccording to Prevent Blindness America, there are more cases of cataracts than there are of glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration combined. But despite how common cataracts are, there is still a lot of confusion about how they develop. Read on as the team at Berks Eye Physicians and Surgeons explains what causes cataracts. (more…)

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Having Cataract Surgery May Increase Your Life Span

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Cataract Surgery Reading PA

New research suggests that cataract surgery may not only improve quality of life, but also extend a person’s lifespan. This discovery has the potential to affect many people, as more than half of all adults ages 80 and over have cataracts or have had cataract surgery.

Read on as the team at Berks Eye Physicians and Surgeons explains what you should know about this research. (more…)

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