A cataract is a cloudiness of the eye’s natural lens, which lies between the front and back areas of the eye, directly behind the pupil.
Are cataracts found only in older people?
Most cataracts develop slowly over time and affect people over age 50. About half of the U.S. population has a cataract by age 65, and nearly everyone over age 75 has at least a mild cataract in one or both eyes.
In rare cases, infants can have congenital cataracts. These usually are related to the mother having German measles, chickenpox, or another infectious disease during pregnancy; but sometimes they are inherited.
My doctor says I have a cataract, but he wants to wait a while before removing it. Why?
Mild cataracts often cause little or no vision problems. Your doctor is probably monitoring your cataract to see if it worsens and more significantly affects your vision or lifestyle before recommending surgery.
Some cataracts never reach the stage where they need to be removed. But if your cataract worsens and you begin to have trouble seeing clearly for driving and other everyday tasks, it’s probably time to consider cataract surgery.
Is cataract surgery serious?
All surgery involves some risk, so yes, it is serious. However, cataract surgery is the most commonly performed type of surgery. Many cataract surgeons have several thousand procedures under their belt. Choosing a surgeon with this much experience will reduce the risk of something going wrong.
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Glaucoma is the term used to describe a number of related conditions that cause damage to the optic nerve, which transmits information from the eye to the brain. It usually (but not always) is associated with high intraocular pressure (IOP). Left untreated, glaucoma can cause blindness.
What’s the difference between glaucoma and ocular hypertension?
Ocular hypertension is another term for high eye pressure. In ocular hypertension, IOP is higher than normal but does not cause optic nerve damage and vision loss. Ocular hypertension is a risk factor for glaucoma and should be monitored closely.
Who is most at risk for glaucoma?
If you’re over age 60, African-American, diabetic or have a family member with glaucoma, you are at higher risk for glaucoma than others.
What are the signs and symptoms of glaucoma?
There are usually no signs that you’re developing glaucoma until vision loss occurs, which is why it’s so important to have regular eye exams. Your eye doctor can detect and treat high IOP before it progresses to optic nerve damage and vision loss.
Can I have LASIK surgery if I have glaucoma?
People being treated for glaucoma typically are not good candidates for LASIK. This is because a suction device is used on the eye during the creation of the corneal flap during LASIK surgery, and this briefly causes a significant increase in IOP.
But you might be a candidate for another type of vision correction surgery, which does not require the use of a suction device.
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More kids than ever before are becoming nearsighted.
And when kids experience myopia progression year after year, this can cause a condition called high myopia, which increases the risk of serious eye problems such as retinal detachment, cataracts and glaucoma later in life.
Myopia is the inability to see things clearly unless they’re relatively close to your eyes. Also called nearsightedness or shortsightedness, myopia is the most common refractive error among children and young adults.
Myopia occurs when the eye grows too long from front to back, causing light to come to a focus in front of the retina instead of directly on it. Other contributing factors include a cornea that is too curved for the length of the eyeball or a lens inside the eye that is too thick.
Distant objects and your driving vision will be blurry if you have myopia, but you still will be able to see nearby objects clearly. This is why the condition is also called “near-sightedness.”
Myopia typically starts to develop during childhood and can progress gradually or rapidly. The most common symptoms of myopia are squinting, eye strain, headaches and fatigue.
Myopia can be corrected with eyeglasses or contact lenses, which refocus light on the retina. Once nearsighted children become young adults and their vision stabilizes, myopia can be permanently treated with refractive surgery. LASIK is the most popular surgical procedure to correct nearsightedness.
If you or your children experience the signs or symptoms of myopia, schedule a comprehensive eye examination with an eye doctor near you.
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Presbyopia in Greek means “old eye.” So when presbyopia starts to develop sometime around age 40, you’ll find that the natural lenses and surrounding parts of your eyes have grown too rigid to accommodate focus from far to near — and back again.
This inability to see sharp images at all distances is a natural though annoying part of ageing.
How do I know I have presbyopia?
People in their early to mid 40s — or sometimes a bit younger — usually begin to have trouble reading fine print.
So when you find yourself holding your book farther away in order to read comfortably, this is an early sign of presbyopia. You’ll also begin to need more light to read comfortably.
Even with presbyopia, nearsighted people usually can read without their glasses. But once you have presbyopia and you put on your single-vision glasses or contact lenses to bring distant objects into focus, you lose your sharp near vision.
Who gets presbyopia?
By the time you reach your 40s, you can’t escape presbyopia. However, some people don’t notice reading problems until they reach their late 40s or even 50s.
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Refractive surgery is the term used to describe surgical procedures that correct common vision problems (nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia) to reduce your dependence on prescription eyeglasses and/or contact lenses.
Currently, a laser procedure called LASIK (LAY-sik) is the most popular refractive surgery performed. But there are other types of refractive surgery — including other laser procedures and intraocular lens procedures — that might be an even better choice for you, depending on your needs.
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