Five Facts You Should Know for Cataract Awareness Month

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. Continue reading “Five Facts You Should Know for Cataract Awareness Month”

Do Cataract Patients Need to Wear Glasses after Surgery?

At 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. Continue reading “Do Cataract Patients Need to Wear Glasses after Surgery?”

Why Do Cataracts Develop?

According 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. Continue reading “Why Do Cataracts Develop?”

Having Cataract Surgery May Increase Your Life Span

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. Continue reading “Having Cataract Surgery May Increase Your Life Span”

Clear Vision after Cataracts with Advanced IOLs

A cataract is the clouding of the eye’s natural lens. To treat cataracts, surgeons remove the lens and replace it with an artificial lens, which restores clear vision. The specific type of artificial lens implant used is determined preoperatively, based on a discussion between surgeon and patient.

The standard type of IOL placed during surgery is the monofocal IOL, which is typically covered by Medicare insurance. This lens restores clear vision at a single fixed distance. Many patients with monofocal IOLs opt for the IOL to correct distance vision, and then they wear reading glasses to see clearly while performing up-close tasks like sending a text message or checking a watch.

The team at Berks Eye Physicians and Surgeons understands that although monofocal IOLs are certainly effective, they are not the ideal choice for every patient. We know that our patients are diverse and have unique vision needs; therefore, we offer several types of IOLs to suit different needs and goals. Continue reading “Clear Vision after Cataracts with Advanced IOLs”