De-Fog Your Vision
There are many reasons your vision can become cloudy. However, this so-called “foggy vision” is one of the most common symptoms of cataracts. Left untreated, the condition can worsen so much that you can lose your sight completely.
Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness around the world. They are also one of the most common health conditions in humans. It’s estimated that by the age of 80, virtually everyone will either have cataracts or have had an operation to remove them.
This means that a diagnosis certainly isn’t the end of the world. The following looks at the advanced methods available to rectify the condition and de-fog your vision for good.
Foggy Vision and Cataracts
- What are cataracts?
- Why do they cause foggy vision?
What are cataracts?
Cataracts are caused by proteins clumping together on the lens of the eye. This builds up over time, eventually preventing the clear passage of light through the eye. The most common type of cataract is associated with advancing age. They don’t normally begin to form until the age of 50 and then take many years—even decades—to evolve to a point where they affect vision and, eventually, need a surgical procedure to remove them.
Other forms of cataracts can be caused by eye trauma or genetic reasons. The latter is sometimes known as “childhood or congenital cataracts.”
Why do they cause foggy vision?
As the clumping proteins increase, they gradually cover more and more of the lens. At first, this doesn’t cause any symptoms. As it worsens, the vision begins to be affected, causing:
- Yellowing or fading of colors
- Difficulty reading in poor light
- Sensitivity to light or glare
- Seeing halos around lights
- Poor night vision
- Frequent changes in prescriptions…
…and foggy vision.
- Goodbye foggy vision: hello seeing clearly
Goodbye foggy vision: hello seeing clearly
Thankfully, there’s a simple and common procedure to treat cataracts. In fact, it’s the most commonly carried out surgical operation in the world. The process involves an eye surgeon making a tiny incision in the eye and the lens capsule, breaking down the lens with a laser, removing it, and replacing it with an artificial lens.
The replacement is known as an intraocular lens (IOL) and these come in a variety of forms, much in the same way as eyeglasses. The lens can be a single focus, multi-focal, or one of a growing group of hyper-advanced types that change the focus using the muscles of the eye. The more advanced lenses are grouped under the term “premium lenses” and can only be fitted if you undergo a more advanced type of cataract surgery that’s carried out by laser.
Another advantage of laser cataract surgery over the traditional method (where the initial incision is made by a tiny scalpel and the lens fitted by hand) is that astigmatism can be treated at the same time.
Both traditional and laser cataract surgery have an extremely high success rate. The vast majority of those treated experience highly improved vision and, in many cases, you’ll only need eyeglasses for certain activities (such as reading) or even freedom from them altogether.
The type of cataract surgery you’ll have will be a joint decision between you and your eye surgeon and decided before the procedure takes place.
Contact the West Boca Eye Center Today for the Ultimate Cataract Treatment
The WBEC is a custom-built, academic-grade clinic led by one of the world’s most renowned cataract surgeons, Brent Bellotte MD. He leads a team of passionate, highly qualified clinicians who’re all experts in their chosen field of ophthalmology.
The level of treatments available at the West Boca Eye Center are among the most advanced on the planet, meaning the latest cataract surgery and other cutting-edge eye treatments are often available here before they become mainstream.
Find out more about the latest cataract surgery options at https://westbocaeyecenter.com/services/cataract-surgery/ and get in touch today to book a consultation.