Let's face it! If we live long enough, we will all develop cataracts. Your optometrist can view developing cataracts by using a slit lamp during your routine exam. The density of a cataract increases the longer it exists and will cause blurry, unclear vision.
Once the cataract interferes significantly with your daily living the doctor will discuss cataract surgery and refer you to a specialized doctor to remove the cloudy lens. A series of post-operative visits will be necessary and can be scheduled right here with your optometrist.
Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure where the natural, now cloudy, lens is removed from the eye and an artificial intraocular lens is implanted in its place. A small incision is made in the front part of your eye, the cornea, and a tiny instrument extracts the lens out of the eye. The implant, intraocular lens, is then inserted and becomes a permanent part of your eye with a prescription embedded in the lens! Your optometrist will discuss the options with you. Lots of patients only require occasional readers after they have had cataract surgery.