What are the symptoms of Cataracts?

Cataract symptoms can look different for everyone. That said, there are some common symptoms that most patients experience, such as:

  • Cloudy or blurred vision
  • Heightened sensitivity to light and glare
  • Poor vision at night
  • Double vision

  • Distorted vision
  • A change in the perception of colors 
  • Constantly needing to update eyeglass or contact lens prescriptions
  • Needing brighter light to read and carry out other activities 

In most cases, cataract symptoms start as a very minor issue. Over time, however, the cataracts gradually increase, resulting in more pronounced impediments to vision. 

What causes Cataracts?

Cataracts are prevalent and can come about due to several conditions:

  • The natural aging process
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Injuries to the eyes
  • Inflammation in the eyes
  • Botched eye surgeries 
  • Excess sun exposure 

Cataracts are a top cause of blindness and vision loss throughout the world. Thankfully, modern medicine has advanced to treat this condition with cataract surgery. The team at Soroudi Vision helps patients improve their vision by replacing their natural eye lenses with synthetic ones, allowing them to enjoy clear and crisp vision for the rest of their days. 

    Can Cataracts be prevented?

    While it may be possible to slow down the deterioration of the eye's natural lens by limiting sun exposure and wearing sunglasses with UV protection, many people still develop cataracts over time. Data from the National Eye Institute indicates an increase in the risk of developing cataracts every decade after age 40, with 61% of women and 39% of men developing cataracts in their lifetime.

    Patients must undergo regular eye exams after age 40 to detect cataracts early on. The earlier a case of Cataracts is diagnosed and treated, the better the outcome. As the eye lens becomes thicker and cloudier with time, it can cause eye inflammation and increase the risk of severe damage to the eye, even leading to blindness.

    What Is Cataract Surgery?

    Cataract surgery is a safe, popular, and effective treatment that involves removing the eye's natural lens and replacing it with an artificial one. At Soroudi Advanced LASIK & Eye Centers, our advanced technology enables our doctors to perform cataract surgery in Glendale more accurately and precisely.

    Patients should consider the procedure when their cataracts start interfering with their quality of life or ability to function. In some cases, ophthalmologists may recommend surgery when cataracts complicate another eye treatment.

    What does the surgery entail?

    The first step towards cataract surgery is to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced doctors. During the private consultation, our team performs a complete evaluation of the patient's eyes, discusses the procedure, and determines if cataract surgery is the best option for them. They also assist the patient in selecting a custom replacement lens tailored to their needs.

    Cataract surgery is carried out on an outpatient basis and usually starts with the application of numbing eye drops or an injection. Using the advanced Ziemer Z8 Femtosecond Laser, our skilled ophthalmologists will carefully remove the lens of your eye without the need for a blade. The custom lens you selected earlier will be inserted to replace the removed lens, completing the procedure.

    Cataract Surgery Recovery

    Following your cataract surgery, you can return home almost immediately. However, you may need an eye patch or protective shield for the day. While recovering from the surgery fully may take 4-8 weeks, discomfort should only last a few days. As the patient progresses through the recovery period, they will experience a gradual improvement in their vision.

    Patients should follow these tips to ensure a positive recovery experience:

    • Follow all of the post-procedural instructions
    • Wear sunglasses whenever going outdoors
    • Use eye drops as instructed by the practitioner 
    • Refrain from rubbing the eyes 
    • Keep water out of the eyes
    • Avoid all strenuous activity (such as exercise) for at least a week
    • Do not get behind the wheel of a car until given clearance from the practitioner 
    • Refrain from wearing eye makeup for at least a week
    • Refrain from submerging into water for at least a week 
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    The different types of cataracts

    Cataracts can develop in various parts of the eye lens, affecting people differently.

    Nuclear cataracts form in the center of the natural lens, while cortical cataracts develop on the sides of the lens in streaks or a wedge shape, eventually spreading to the center. 

    Posterior subcapsular cataracts are a form that develops on the back of the lens. Additionally, some individuals may have congenital cataracts at birth, which may worsen during childhood. 

    While the exact cause of congenital cataracts is unknown, it may be associated with gestational infection or trauma.

    If you have cataracts in Glendale, please schedule a consultation at Soroudi Vision. 

    Choosing a trusted eye care professional

    Your eyesight is crucial to your daily life, and clear and crisp vision enhances life's experiences. If you are experiencing vision problems, it is essential to seek the care of a skilled professional. Dr. Soroudi is widely recognized as one of the nation's most talented ophthalmologists, ensuring his patients receive the highest care possible for their eyes and vision, especially when performing LASIK & cataract surgery in Glendale.

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