It has been estimated that more than 20 million people are blind due to cataracts, making cataracts the leading cause of blindness worldwide. Fortunately, there are some amazing options for those suffering from cataracts these days. In fact, Drs. Sander Cohen and James Nachbar and their team of vision experts are enthusiastic about the technological advances and are committed to discussing all of your options with you in order to make the best decision possible for your lifestyle.
South Jersey Eye Physicians is one of the area's oldest and best respected Ophthalmology practices since Dr. Philip Horowitz began the practice in 1971. We have been leaders in bringing advanced technological advances to the area as we modernized the operating capability for Memorial Hospital of Burlington County (now known as Virtua - Mount Holly) in the mid 80's.
In fact, 10 years later, our pursuit of excellence in vision care has led us to the development of our state-of-the-art surgery center, featuring an onsite cataract surgical facility. Our outpatient surgery center is staffed with experts in eye surgery who anticipate your needs and provide a relaxed experience.
Cloudy vision related to age
Cataracts occur when there are buildups of protein in the lens that make vision appear cloudy. As these natural proteins in the eye begin to clump together, cataracts develop over time interfering with our normal vision and causing us to see these cloudy or hazy images.
There are four different types of cataracts to consider:
- Age-related cataracts: This type of cataract develops as a natural result of aging.
- Congenital cataracts: Babies are occasionally born with cataracts as a result of an infection, injury, or developmental issues prior to birth. Sometimes they may even develop during childhood.
- Secondary cataracts: This type of cataract develops as a result of other medical conditions, like diabetes, exposure to toxic substances, certain drugs, ultraviolet light or radiation.
- Traumatic cataracts: This type of cataract forms after an injury to the eye.
Signs you may be affected by cataracts:
- Vision appears cloudy, blurry, foggy or filmy
- Dulled color vision, colors no longer appear bright or crisp
- Problems driving at night, such as glare from oncoming headlights
- Problems with glare during the day
- Double vision
- Dramatic changes in glasses prescription
Although cataracts affect almost all people over the age of 60, there are some other factors that can increase a person's risk of developing cataracts prematurely. These factors include cigarette smoke, air pollution and heavy alcohol consumption.
Regular vision checkups at South Jersey Eye Physicians will be sure to identify any issues before they become problematic.
South Jersey Eye Physicians recommends managing cataracts in its earliest stages with stronger glasses, magnification devices & improved lighting. For patients experiencing symptoms beyond the early stages, there are a number of treatment options available today.
South Jersey Eye Physicians highly recommends considering cataract surgery when vision becomes moderately to severely impaired, and begins affecting your daily life.
Rest assured though, with nearly 3 million Americans experiencing cataract surgery each year, cataract surgery is among the most common and successful surgical procedures performed today.
Removing the clouded lenses is the only option to permanently treat cataracts and stop the further decline in vision. After the removal of the clouded portion of the lens, our surgeons will provide you with an intraocular lens (IOL), which is a thin, small, artificial corrective lens that will replace your natural clouded lens.
There are several different lens options available today. "Standard" or monofocal IOLs eliminate cataract problems and typically provide clear vision at a single distance. However, you will likely still need glasses to see clearly at near and intermediate distances (e.g. reading and computer work). With advanced technology IOLs like multifocal lenses, you can usually achieve clear vision at far, near and intermediate distances, often with little to no need for glasses. These advanced technology IOLs can even correct many other vision problems, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia. Cataract surgery with an advanced technology lens is a one-time investment that can permanently correct your vision for a lifetime.
South Jersey Eye Physicians has made it a point to use the latest most proven methods of cataract surgery for each patient.
How to Get More Information
If you think you may be suffering from cataracts, or are interested in learning more about cataract surgery options, please schedule an appointment online or call 1-800-380-0111 to speak with a cataract specialist & schedule your complete evaluation today.