The Cataract Center at Shah Eye Center specializes in the diagnoses and treatment of cataracts. The results can be sight changing and life altering. Cataracts are the single most common disease of the eyes that causes blindness. The surgeons at Shah Eye Center have specialized in breakthrough vision surgery. Please read “Cataract 101,” a quick overview to help you understand cataract disease.
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A cataract is a change in clarity of the lens inside your eye; a gradual clouding that can dull your vision. As your eyes age, the lens becomes cloudier, allowing less light to pass through your retina. The light that does reach the retina is diffused resulting in blurry vision. A cataract develops in the crystalline lens or envelope of the eye. Imagine an envelope in your eye that is gradually being filled with a thick substance. As the envelope fills, a reduced amount of light is capable of passing through your eye. The process is usually gradual and can lead to blindness.
Cataract Symptoms frequently include: cloudiness, double vision and high glare. Often cataracts develop in one eye earlier than the other but typically cataracts develop over time in both eyes. Again, without treatment cataracts may cause blindness. Cataracts are also associated with near-sightedness (myopia.)
Age is often among the most common factors of cataract development. Your odds of getting cataracts gradually increase steadily ultimately reaching up to 90% of people who are above age 75. However, age is not the only trigger. There are other leading factors that can result in cataracts: eye disease, diabetes, environmental factors, medications, UV exposure and smoking.
Cataracts have variations: soft, hard, complete, partial, progressive and stationary. To determine how serious your cataracts are, you must take a pro-active roll and see a Shah Eye Center Cataract specialist now. For more information about cataracts please visit the National Eye Institute.
There is now a revolutionary new way to potentially leave your glasses behind forever. The innovative AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® intraocular lens (IOL), is a tremendous advancement in intraocular lens technology. The AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® IOL has been uniquely designed to provide enhanced image quality and a full range of vision—up close, far away and everything in-between, giving cataract patients the opportunity to live life free of glasses. At Shah Eye Center, we feel it is important for you to understand what a cataract is and just how serious a cataract can be to your or a loved ones vision.
How does the AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® IOL work?
As individuals perform daily activities such as reading, watching television or working at the computer, our eyes are constantly focusing on objects at varying distances—up close, far away and in-between. The ability to quickly change focus throughout our range of vision is called accommodation. Unfortunately, we begin to lose this ability as we grow older1, gradually becoming more and more dependent on bifocals or reading glasses. Thankfully, by combining the strengths of apodized diffractive and refractive technologies, the AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® IOL provides quality near, intermediate and distance vision, and increased independence from reading glasses or bifocals. And with the addition of proven aspheric technology, the AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® IOL takes the advancements one step further, for a lens with enhanced image quality and clarity.
What is Apodized Diffractive Technology?
Diffraction involves the spreading of light as it passes through a lens. You'll notice that, on the AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR®IOL, the center of the lens surface consists of a series of tiny rings—this is known as an apodized diffractive optic. Apodization is the gradual tapering of different diffractive levels (or "steps") on a lens, creating a smooth transition of light between distant, intermediate and near focal points. This means that the series of tiny steps in the center of the AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® IOL work together to focus light, providing excellent near, intermediate and distance vision.
What is Refractive Technology?
Refraction involves the redirection of light as it passes through a lens. The outer ring of the AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® IOL is a refractive region designed for excellent distance vision. This refractive area bends light as it passes through the lens, accurately focusing it on the retina for a crisp, clear image.
What is Aspheric Technology?
Even healthy eyes still contain some imperfections, or "aberrations." Spherical aberration, a type of imperfection common to cataract patients, can eventually lead to a reduction in visual acuity and function. Thankfully, with the addition of a proven aspheric optic, the AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® IOL can correct for these spherical aberrations, leading to enhanced clarity.
1. Lee, Judith and Bailey, Gretchyn. Presbyopia. AllAboutVision.com. Access Media Group: 2004.
Prevention has not yet been scientifically proven, however, using ultraviolet sunglasses may help slow cataract development. Diabetes is known to increases your chances to develop cataracts. A good indication that it is time to see a Shah Eye Center optometrist is to do this simple test. It’s called the “Halo Test.”
At night look at a light post, if there is a “halo” surrounding the light, or especially if the “halo” appears stronger in one eye than the other, then this is a good indication that it is time to see a Shah Eye Center optometrist. Optometrists are specifically trained to spot and test for cataract development.