Cataracts occur when the eye’s natural lens gets cloudy. The lens is a structure within the eye that is clear and is responsible for focusing light that passes through the pupil. When a cataract forms, images may become blurry or dim. Some people describe the image as looking through a “dirty window,” while others may notice glare. Cataracts are a normal part of aging, but can also be related to family history, medications (commonly steroids), as well as trauma.
There are no medications or drops to get rid of the cataract. The only treatment for cataracts is surgery. Fortunately cataract surgery is very successful, and patients do not need to wait until the lens is “mature” or “ripe.” When to have surgery depends on the vision and how much the patient’s activities are affected by the cataract. Cataract surgery is an outpatient surgery that typically lasts under an hour, and many patients go back to work the next day. At Premier, we can help you determine if you are ready for cataract surgery, as well as working with Medicare and your insurances to cover the cost of your surgery.
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