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Most people have some clouding of their eye’s natural crystalline lens after the age of 60. This clouding is more commonly referred to as a cataract. About 50% of Americans in the age group of 65 – 74 have at least one cataract, and about 70% of those age 75 and over have cataract(s). Simply stated, when the eye’s lens becomes cloudy, light cannot be properly focused on the retina; thus, vision decreases. The only “cure” for poor vision due to a cataract is to remove the lens and implant a new, man-made lens called an intraocular lens (IOL).

Many people with cataracts may experience symptoms such as:

  • Cloudy, fuzzy, foggy vision
  • Difficulty in seeing to drive, especially at night
  • Trouble seeing to do close work
  • Problems seeing television
  • Bothersome glare
  • Colors that seem dull, faded, not as bright
  • Frequent changes and a stronger glasses’ prescription
  • Haloes around lights
  • A milky white spot or cloudy spot visually apparent in the center of the eye

Why is cataract surgery preformed with a laser?

Most surgeons today use ultrasound vibrations to break apart the cataract and remove it. This process is called phacoemulsification. Cataracts are not removed with a laser.

Where can I find a cataract surgeon?

With vision so important to the quality of life, our surgeons at Lake Plains Eye Center are committed to restoring cataract patients to their active lifestyles. With the advanced technology of today’s surgery and foldable IOLs most people can enjoy a quick return to enhanced sight and vision with little disruption of their lives. Now more than ever, using astigmatism and bifocal IOLs, the procedure holds the promise that you will enjoy a brighter tomorrow.

Can I expect a rapid recovery?

Today’s surgeries are performed with the smallest possible incision, in order to speed the recovery of vision and reduce the restrictions on your activities after surgery.

What if my medical history or current medication prevents me from considering an injection of local anesthesia?

Today, anesthesia may also be administered topically. This means no injection is required and the medication numbs the eye without entering the bloodstream.