Top Symptoms And Treatments For Cataracts
The ophthalmologists at the Nielsen Eye Center can use blade-free all-laser cataract surgery to resolve the many vision impairments associated with cataracts.
Boston, MA – According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, nearly 22 million men and women over the age of 40 suffer from cataracts in the United States alone. This condition is so common that cataract surgery has become the most frequently performed surgery in the country. In addition to providing a number of treatment options to restore the vision of their patients with cataracts, the Boston eye doctors at the Nielsen Eye Center also educate their patients on the symptoms associated with the condition so they can be promptly treated before their vision becomes worse.
In a recent blog post, Dr. Douglas Haigh highlights the most common symptoms that result from cataracts. “When a cataract clouds the natural lens of the eye, light is blocked or scattered before it reaches the retina,” says the Boston eye doctor. “As a result of these obstructions, the individual may experience severe light sensitivity, streaks or glare around light sources, faded colors, or blurry vision at night.”
However, Dr. Helen Moreira, a cataract surgeon at the Nielsen Eye Center, says not every patient who develops a cataract will require surgery to improve his or her vision. As she notes in her blog post titled, “Surgical & Non-surgical Cataract Treatments,” reading glasses or distance vision lenses with a stronger prescription may correct the symptoms of cataracts, especially when cataracts are in their earliest stages. Once cataracts advance, she explains that surgical methods of cataract removal are typically required to prevent significant vision impairment.
With both traditional and all-laser cataract surgery methods available, ophthalmologists at the Nielsen Eye Center can eliminate the cataract by removing the compromised natural lens. An Intraocular Lens (IOL) is then used to replace the natural lens, which can actually improve refractive errors – such as nearsightedness – that the patient was experiencing before the cataract began to develop. Ultimately, Dr. Moreira states that cataract surgery effectively improves the vision of about 98% of patients.
About Douglas Haigh, O.D.
Dr. Haigh graduated from Lynchburg College before going on to receive specialized training in various subdivisions of eye care at the New England College of Optometry. Dr. Haigh is an active member of the American Optometric Association, the Optometric Council on Refractive Technology, and the Massachusetts Society of Optometrists.
About Helen R. Moreira, MD
After earning her medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Dr. Moreira went on to complete her residency in ophthalmology at Brown University. In addition to her work with Nielsen Eye Center, Dr. Moreira serves as a faculty member at Brown University Alpert Medical School in the Department of Surgery, Division of Ophthalmology. She has received several grants for medical missions in Costa Rica and India, and she is an active member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the International Society of Refractive Surgeons.
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