Most cataracts are a natural part of the aging process and are found to some degree in up to 65 percent of people in their 60s and in over 80 percent of people over than 70 years of age.
In one recent large study, 15 percent of people 52 to 85 years of age had cataracts that reduced their visual acuity to below normal. It is estimated that 5 million to 10 million people throughout the world become visually disabled each year because of cataracts. In this country alone, some 1 million cataract operations are performed each year.
LEARN ABOUT CATARACTS
Frequent Asked Questions
Here are the answers to a few of the most commonly asked questions we hear about cataracts.
Cataracts are a cloudiness that develops on the natural lens of the eye when we age, causing vision to become blurred. When cataracts progress to a certain point, traditional contacts and glasses can’t correct your vision and surgery is needed to replace your natural eye lens with a synthetic intraocular lens.
Cataracts may originate in various locations in the lens. Its onset may be in the middle of the lens, on the side or in other positions. Cataracts usually start out in the middle of the lens. This is referred to as a nuclear cataract.
Yes. As you age, the lens of your eye ages as well, growing thicker each year and eventually becoming cloudy, forming a cataract.
Cataracts slowly develop with age and are painless. They often go unnoticed until a doctor discovers them during an eye exam. Symptoms include blurry vision with colors that seem dim or faded with a yellow or brown tint, bright light sensitivity, halos that appear when looking at lights, heightened sensitivity to bright lights and glare, changes in vision that cannot be corrected by a change in eyeglasses or contact lens prescription, and poor night vision.
Hoopes Vision is one of the most technologically advanced cataract surgery centers in the world, specializing in the newest laser-assisted surgeries and multifocal lens implants. Our on-site ambulatory surgery center, EyeSurg of Utah, was the first cataract surgery center in the world to acquire multiple laser cataract systems.
For most of our lives, our eyes provide us with good vision (although many of us, in time, require glasses to sharpen that vision). We take good vision for granted until it changes or is threatened, and then we quickly learn to appreciate the precious gift of sight. While surveys have shown that fear of blindness is second only to fear of cancer, vision loss from cataracts is treatable. Cataract surgery is thankfully a safe, predictable surgery with historically excellent outcomes.
IIntraocular Lens Implant Options
Intraocular lenses – also referred to as IOLs – are implantable lenses that take the place of the natural crystalline lens after it has been removed during cataract surgery. The first IOLs were monofocal and therefore able to correct sight for only one range of distance (far, immediate, or near) at a time. However, in the last decade or so, several new lens designs have made it possible for today’s cataract patient to enjoy good vision at a variety of distances, often without the need for glasses or contacts after surgery.
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Standard Intraocular Lens
The standard intraocular lens (IOL) is designed to give good distance vision to patients who do not have significant astigmatism. Patients who receive standard IOLs are usually able to drive, go to movies, and perform other activities requiring long vision without corrective lenses, but often require reading glasses for such close work as reading or using a computer.
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Multifocal Intraocular Lens
Modern cataract patients often have the option of a premium multifocal IOL rather than a standard IOL. The multifocal IOL features concentric rings of increasing refractive power. For patients who are good candidates for these IOLs, this can lead to excellent vision at a variety of distances with the need for reading glasses reduced or eliminated entirely.
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Toric IOLs are used to correct astigmatism. In patients with moderate to severe astigmatism, they can help greatly to reduce or eliminate dependence on eyeglasses or contacts postoperatively. A toric IOL, like a toric eyeglass or contact lens, has additional refractive power located along one axis. When properly placed by a skilled cataract specialist, this additional power corrects the patient’s astigmatism.
For over a decade, the cataract specialists at Hoopes Vision have published an in-depth guide intended to help prospective patients understand and make educated decisions about cataract surgery. The current edition of Cataracts, Lasers, and Lens Implants: A Guide for Patients and Their Families is updated with the newest and most exciting developments in this rapidly advancing field.
Schedule Your VIP Consultation
If you have been diagnosed with cataracts, or report any of the symptoms associated with cataracts, please contact us. We would be happy to give you an examination and VIP consultation to determine your treatment options which include the new advances in cataract surgery. This visit is usually covered by medical insurances including Medicare.
Learn More About Us
Our team of cataract specialists is among the most experienced in Utah. More importantly, they are among the most experienced in the country with the highest levels of cataract surgery technology: multifocal implants and laser-assisted procedures.
EyeSurg of Utah is our on-site, state-certified, Medicare-approved ambulatory surgery center. It was designed from the start to optimize cataract and other vision correction procedures, and its nursing and technician staff are all specialized for eye care. It offers advantages in speed and efficiency over a hospital or general surgery center, as well as reduced risk of infection.
Hoopes Vision was the first cataract surgery practice in the world to offer multiple cataract laser systems: the Alcon LenSx and the Optimedica Catalys. After an extensive head-to-head comparison of the patient outcomes from the two systems, our surgeons now use the Catalys Precision Laser System exclusively. Our on-site ambulatory surgery center, EyeSurg of Utah, was designed with laser cataract surgery in mind and features a purpose-built laser room.
While our goal is to provide the safest, most advanced cataract procedures possible, we are also very proud of how affordable our care is. We work with almost all major insurance companies, and any upgrades not covered by insurance are often eligible for no-interest payment plans.
“For over 40 years I relied on my clear vision to bring Utah the latest news. However, not long ago I noticed my vision changing. When I was diagnosed with cataracts, I knew that deciding where to have my cataract surgery done was a choice that would affect my vision for the rest of my life.”