Good vision is made possible when light enters the eye and is focused precisely on the retina. A variety of things can interfere with the transmission of light to the retina, and one of the more common causes is a clouding of the natural lens, called a cataract.
Effects of Cataracts
Cataracts usually develop slowly over time and the effect on your vision may be imperceptible at the beginning. Initially, an adjustment in your glasses or contacts may allow you to function without considering other options.
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As the cataract progresses, however, you will have greater and greater impairment in your vision, making it more difficult to see in most settings. People with cataracts often notice:
- Blurry vision, even with corrective lenses
- Difficulty with night vision
- Glares or halos around lights
- Less definition in colors
- Sensation of Vaseline or haziness in vision
If left untreated, cataracts can ultimately cause blindness.
Cataracts and Vision Correction
While early symptoms of cataracts may be effectively “treated” with glasses and contacts, replacing the cloudy lens is the only long-term solution. During cataract laser surgery in Albuquerque, the cloudy natural lens is removed and a clear artificial intraocular lens (IOL) is implanted inside the capsule where the natural lens was found previously. Occasionally anatomical variants will require that the lens be placed in an alternate location.
In a small number of patients, the capsule surrounding the IOL will develop cloudiness that can compromise vision. This can occur months to years after the initial cataract removal. When that situation occurs, it is easily remedied with a very quick in-office procedure called a YAG capsulotomy in which a laser is used to open the cloudy membrane that is interfering with vision.
Cataract Surgery in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Dr. David Bernitsky at Bernitsky Vision provides lens replacement and YAG laser surgery to effectively restore vision for patients with cataracts. Patients may also seek other laser eye surgery at the same time of their cataract surgery to restore the best vision possible. Contact us to schedule a consultation to find out what vision correction options are best for you.