How We Address Cataracts in Both Eyes

  • Posted on: Nov 15 2020
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Cataracts represent a common eye problem among older adults. When we look at statistics, we may conclude that it would be difficult to avoid developing this eye condition. Nearly half of adults aged 75 to 85 have cataracts in at least one eye. While cataracts can affect vision severely if not managed and treated in a timely manner, the good news is that vision can be restored by replacing the clouded lens with an artificial intraocular lens. The cataract removal procedure is one of the most frequently performed eye surgeries today. Here, we discuss what happens when both eyes have developed cataracts.

What are Cataracts?

Cataracts are not growths, per se, the term describes the accumulation of particles of proteins on the lens of the eye. The lens sits at the front of the eye. It is a clear structure that allows light to pass through to the cornea. The cornea then bends rays of light so they land on the retina and transfer to the brain through the optic nerve. Sometimes, the proteins that help the lens function stick together. Once this happens, additional protein particles join the larger clump. Over time, this leads to worsened clouding of vision. Cataracts can be managed with eyeglasses and other remedies. The only way to end the problem, though, is to remove the clouded lens and secure a clear, artificial lens in its place. When both eyes have cataracts, the procedure is performed on one eye at a time. This can lead to vision imbalance that lasts a few days.

Vision Imbalance after Cataract Surgery

With or without cataracts, vision is formed because the eyes work together to send signals to the brain. When cataracts develop, the eyes may acclimate somewhat to their situation. Therefore, when one clouded lens is removed and the other remains cloudy, the signals that are sent to the brain are not harmonious. It takes a few days for an adjustment to naturally occur. Knowing that vision may be slightly off for a few days, patients who are having both eyes treated for cataracts may plan to slow life down a bit. Doing so can reduce the risks of accidental bumps and bruises. Once the second eye has been treated, we expect vision to reach its new norm within a week or so.

At Silverstein Eye Center, we believe that clear communication builds strong relationships that result in optimal treatment outcomes. To schedule a visit with us, call 908.879.7297.

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