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Cataract Center

Cataracts Jacksonville

Cataracts are a common cause of visual impairment in older adults. Cataracts are considered an inevitable part of aging, and are relatively common among adults older than 55 years of age. In fact, half of all Americans have them, or have had cataract surgery, by age 80. Cataract surgery could help you to enjoy the beauty of Florida by allowing you to once again see the world clearly, unencumbered by vision problems caused by developing cataracts.

Deerwood Ophthalmology in Jacksonville performs cataract surgery when your quality of vision affects your quality of life. When you are unable to enjoy daily routine activities such as working, driving, reading, and generally enjoying life because of cataracts, one should consider cataract surgery.

There have been numerous improvements in cataract surgery practices and technology in recent years. With more than a million procedures performed each year, many patients now see more clearly than they did before they developed cataracts.

What is a Cataract?

A cataract is a clouding in the lens of the eye. A healthy lens is clear and focuses light to the back of the eye. As we age, the lens hardens and becomes cloudy, blocking some of the light. As a cataract develops, it becomes increasingly challenging for a person to see. Symptoms of a cataract include:

  • Blurred nighttime or driving vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Glare from sunlight or the headlights of cars
  • Halos around light
  • Change in glasses prescription and/or distorted images
  • Needing more light to read

Healthy Lens/Cataracts

Early detection through an exam can determine the presence and the extent of a cataract. When symptoms first appear, your doctor may be able to temporarily alleviate the effects of cataracts and improve your vision by prescribing glasses, strong bifocals, or other visual aids. However, cataracts may continue to advance leaving laser cataract surgery as the only option to restore your good vision.

Types of Cataracts:

Nuclear Cataracts occur in the center of the lens. When it is first developing, it may actually cause a slight improvement in near or reading vision, called "second sight." This vision anomaly disappears as the cataract worsens. This type of cataract can also create a sense of double vision.

Cortical Cataracts begin as wedge-shaped spokes in the cortex of the lens. When the spokes approach the center, they interfere with the transmission of light and cause glare and loss of low light vision. Diabetes, injury, retinitis pigmentosa, and steroids are common causes of this type of cataracts.

Posterior Subcapsular Cataracts affect the back of the lens. This type of cataract starts as a small, opaque area that is in the path of where light enters the retina. Posterior subcapsular cataracts often interfere with reading vision, and reduces vision in bright light situations as well as cause glare and/or halos at night.

Learn more about cataract treatment by scheduling a consultation in Jacksonville today or call us at (904) 996-7774.