A better view of cataracts

Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Blurring vision, faded colors, double vision in one eye, glaring lights, poor night vision. These are just a few of the most common symptoms brought upon by cataracts.

Cataracts can develop at any age, but the most common type is age-related. In fact, cataracts impact over 24.4 million Americans age 40 and older. Other factors include smoking, sun exposure and diabetes.

A cataract clouds the lens of the eye, which is the part that helps focus light. One or both eyes can be affected. In most cases, cataracts develop gradually over a period of years.

Early signs of cataracts can be improved with new glasses, brighter lighting and anti-glare sunglasses. If these don't help, surgery may be needed to replace the lens with an artificial one. Cataract surgery is the most common surgical procedure performed in the United States and boasts a remarkable 95% rate of effectiveness.

Located at Watson Clinic Main in Lakeland, Watson Clinic ophthalmologists are proud to offer minimally invasive surgical cataract solutions that involve flexible foldable lens replacements that allow for smaller incisions, often without the need for stitches. This procedure doesn’t require general anesthesia and patients go home the same day. Some patients even experience a decreased need for glasses following the surgery.

Appointments with Watson Clinic’s Ophthalmology department may be scheduled by calling 863-680-7486.


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