Cataract Surgery: Clearing the Fog
- Posted on: Aug 15 2019
Patients in the Wilmington, NC area who have developed cataracts may be dealing with unwanted changes to their vision. Those with cataracts may see the world through clouding. In fact, cataracts are one of the most common causes of vision impairment worldwide. With the help of Dr. Brian Groat of Cape Fear Cataract and Cornea, patients in the community can improve their vision by treating their cataracts.
Cataracts are a common reason why patients may notice clouding in their vision. It occurs within the lens inside of the eye and can result in partial or total blindness. While cataracts develop slowly, they can become a serious issue if left untreated. Common symptoms of cataracts include:
- Changes to color vision
- Haloes seen around lights
- Blurry or cloudy vision
- Constant prescription changes
- Need for extra light when reading
Who is at risk of developing cataracts?
Cataracts can happen to anyone, though it is more often seen in aging patients. Additionally, patients with certain medical conditions may be at a greater risk, including those with diabetes, high blood pressure, or obesity. Certain medications, such as steroid medication, also increases the chances of developing cataracts.
What treatment is available for patients with cataracts?
The most common treatment for cataracts is cataract surgery. During this surgical eye procedure, the cloudy lens is replaced with an artificial, clear lens. This is the only way for patients to restore their vision when cataracts have developed. Surgical treatment is performed at our practice and provides patients with a way to bring back their vision from before cataracts developed.
What type of lens is placed during cataract surgery?
Cataract surgery replaces the natural eye lens with an artificial lens. The two most common types of lenses placed during this procedure are monofocal lenses and multifocal lenses. The one right for a patient will be determine during a consultation visit with our team.
Speak to a professional about cataract treatment today
If you live in the area of Wilmington, NC and are impacted by cataracts, we welcome you to book a consultation with Dr. Brian Groat and his team. Call (910) 769-4590 today to request an appointment with the front office team. The practice is conveniently located at 1915 South 17th Street, Ste. 1, and services patients in and around the community seeking comprehensive vision care.