A cataract is a progressive eye disease where the clear lens inside the eye becomes cloudy and causes a decrease in vision. In a healthy eye, the lens is clear so that when rays of light enter the eye, they easily provide a clear image onto the retina, providing a clear image of what we see. If the lens becomes cloudy or opaque, the image will appear blurry and vision is impaired.
A hereditary condition, cataracts become more and more of a risk factor as we age. A majority of people either have some degree of cataracts or have already had cataract surgery by the age of 80. Other factors that can contribute to the development of cataracts include diabetes, smoking and prolonged sun exposure.
Cataracts are one of the most common causes of blindness, but can be prevented if diagnosed early and treated with surgery to replace the cloudy lens.
The key to identifying cataracts and preventing vision loss is early detection, routine eye exams and treatment using state-of-the-art technology and equipment. Dr. Richard Adler, a leader in ophthalmology and a specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of cataracts at Belcara Health, suggests cataract surgery if certain risk factors are apparent including the ability to perform daily activities such as driving, reading, and if the cloudiness continues to increase and impede vision.
We are excited to offer our patients a variety of lens options to fit their individual needs. After your comprehensive eye exam, Dr. Adler will work with you to decide which option will provide you with the best vision possible. Click here to learn about our lens options.
I want to thank Dr. Adler for restoring my 72 year old eyes to such fantastic 20/20 vision. Being a very active senior pro tennis player and coach, seeing clearly is very important. Dr. Adler’s tremendous ability to do such accurate work on my eyes has allowed me to continue doing everything I love to do. It’s made such a difference; everything is clear and bright and I can play as well as read without glasses. I can’t say enough good things about Belcara Health. That place is like a well-oiled machine. All my appointments were on time and everyone is incredibly friendly.