Although there are several different types of cataracts, they are all caused by a loss of transparency in the crystalline lens of the eye without visiting Palm Desert eye care. This loss of transparency causes a disruption in the transmission of light to the retina, according to eye doctors Palm Desert.

Cataracts most commonly occur among people who are over age 55, although it can affect younger people and, rarely, newborns. On a global basis, cataracts account for over one-half of all cases of impaired vision and affect over 20 million people. By age 80, more than half of Americans have either a cataract or have had cataract surgery.

What is a cataract?

A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye. that affects vision. Most cataracts are related to aging, but can occur in those as young as 40. Palm Desert eye care doctors can give you an eye exam to ensure your vision is healthy.

How does a cataract affect my vision?

Clouding of the lens reduces the amount of light reaching your retina, resulting in blurred vision. Because cataracts develop over a period of time, seeing may gradually become more difficult as your vision becomes more dull and blurred.

How is cataract surgery performed?

During surgery, eye doctors Palm Desert removed your cloudy natural lens replace it with a clear artificial lens (IOL).

When it comes to treatment, you have choices.

Choice 1: Have eye doctors Palm Desert remove the cataract and place a lens that partially corrects for distance vision. You will likely need to wear trifocals to see far, intermediate, and near.

Choice 2: Visit Palm Desert eye care doctors to remove the cataract and correct distance vision with a combination of refractive surgery and specialized lenses. You may still need glasses for near vision tasks such as working on computers or tablets.

Choice 3: Palm Desert eye care doctors will remove the cataract and place a lens that allows you to see at multiple distances, drastically reducing the need for glasses for most tasks.

The best choice for you depends on your unique needs and lifestyle, according to eye doctors Palm Desert. Take the lifestyle questionnaire available on our website and bring it with you to your appointment. This will help your doctor make recommendations to ensure you get the most out of your treatment and continue being able to do the things you enjoy the most.