Cataracts are a leading cause of impaired vision. In fact, about 90% of people will develop cataracts by the time they’re 65. Cataracts cause cloudy vision and can lead to blindness, if left untreated. The good news is that cataract surgery is a safe and effective way to restore your vision. Robert Bentz, DO, and Miriam Farag, OD, FAAO, and the team at Bentz Eye Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, specialize in cataract surgery with the latest technology. Learn more about cataracts by calling the office or requesting an appointment online.
A cataract is a condition that clouds the lens of your eye. The lens is located right behind your iris and pupil. A healthy lens is clear, and its job is to bend and focus light that comes into your eye.
Your lens directs light to your retina, which transfers the information to your brain. If the lens is cloudy, the images aren’t clear and your vision is impaired.
The lens of the eyes is constructed with water and proteins. Age makes proteins clump together, making the lens cloudy. As more clumps collect, your vision continues to worsen.
Cataracts are common in people over the age of 40. Symptoms develop slowly, so you might not notice vision changes at first. As cataracts get worse, symptoms might include:
If you have cataracts, your vision may be dimmer and cloudier than before. Some people describe seeing with cataracts like looking through a foggy window.
Cataracts don’t get better on their own, but treatment is effective at restoring clearer vision. Cataract surgery involves replacing the natural clouded lens with a clear artificial one.
Cataract surgery is a safe and effective option for many people with vision loss caused by cataracts. The procedure usually takes under an hour.
First, the doctor numbs your eye and makes a small incision to remove the cloudy lens. Then, the team inserts an artificial lens, called an intraocular lens (IOL).
At Bentz Eye Center, the team offers bladeless laser-assisted cataract surgery with the LenSx® laser system. They also use the ORA System® with VerifEye® to ensure extremely accurate IOL placement.
Different IOLs are available to correct a variety of vision issues. In addition to correcting cloudy vision, cataract surgery can improve the sharpness of your vision.
Bentz Eye Center is proud to offer presbyopia-correcting IOLs that can eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses. A few of the most popular brands of IOLs offered are:
Find the latest technology in capable hands at Bentz Eye Center. Call the office, or schedule a cataract surgery consultation online to learn more.