Cataracts are often part of the natural aging process, and most people will develop a cataract at some point in their lives. The formation of a cataract typically causes a person’s vision to become clouded or blurry. Cataracts can also cause ghost images or an increased sensitivity to light or glare. This will get progressively worse until the cataract is removed, and untreated cataracts can lead to very serious vision impairment.
Our experienced cataract surgeons at Cascadia Eye offer advanced cataract surgery in our specialized eye surgery center. We utilize some of the latest technology providing you a quick, virtually pain-free cataract surgery in a beautiful, calm, and caring environment.
Causes and Symptoms of Cataracts
There are a number of reasons believed to be linked to the formation of cataracts, including eye injury, steroid medications, the natural aging process, smoking, or other diseases and conditions. You might have a cataract forming if you notice:
- Cloudy or blurred vision
- An increased sensitivity to light or glare
- Appearance of ghost images
- Halos around lights
- Double vision
- Colors begin to look faded or yellowed
- Frequent changes in your glasses or contact lens prescription
To help you better understand the cataract removal process, we have provided additional information on our website:
Astigmatism is a condition that can affect patients with natural nearsightedness or farsightedness. An astigmatism is caused by an irregularly shaped cornea; the cornea is shaped like a football rather than round like a basketball. This can make the vision blurry. In addition to Toric IOLs, other treatments for astigmatism include glasses, contact lenses, and refractive surgery (LASIK or PRK). Limbal relaxing incision (LRI) is another procedure that may be recommended. LRI can be done at the same time as cataract surgery, or as a separate procedure. A limbal relaxing incision (LRI) is a method of making the shape of your cornea rounder, achieved with a small incision made by the ophthalmologist. Over- or under-correction can occur in any attempt at astigmatism reduction. If this happens, glasses, contact lenses, or another procedure may be needed. The techniques listed above are attempts to reduce but not entirely eliminate astigmatism; there is no perfect correction for astigmatism.
If you think you may be developing cataracts, please contact Cascadia Eye to schedule an exam with one of our highly-trained and experienced ophthalmologists.