Although LASIK is possible for patients in the 60 to 80 age range, most patients have developed a cataract. LASIK or an Intraocular Contact Lens can not treat cataracts. Approximately fifty percent of people over the age of 60 suffer from cataracts.
As we age, the natural lens of our eye becomes cloudy, which prevents the light rays from focusing clearly on the back of our eye. When the natural lens becomes less transparent or cloudy, it is referred to as a cataract.
Cataracts can cause difficulty with driving or reading, causing haziness and glare with sunlight or halos around lights at night. A cataract may develop in one or both eyes and can decrease the ability to judge distances. Colors may have less intensity and images may have a yellowish cast. Frequent changes in eyeglasses may occur or even double vision.
The most common cause of cataracts is the aging process, although younger people can develop cataracts. Other causes of cataracts include the use of steroids, injuries, diabetes, inflammation, or chronic exposure to ultraviolet light.
Cataract Surgery with Lifestyle Lens Implants
When the natural lens inside the eye becomes cloudy, a cataract has formed. Cataract surgery is indicated when a patient's lifestyle is impaired and the ability to read or see distance clearly can not be treated with glasses or contacts.
During the procedure, Dr. Katzen, your Boynton Beach / Palm Beach cataract surgeon will remove the clouded lens and replace it with an advanced intraocular lens implant (IOL). The IOL is a tiny, synthetic lens made of plastic, silicone, or acrylic that is permanently inserted into the eye and will last indefinitely. Since the lens is placed in about the same place in which the cloudy natural lens had been, the restored vision is more natural.
Revolutionary lifestyle lens implants are now available for our patients at the Katzen Eye Care & Laser Center. These lenses are designed to provide excellent vision for both distance and reading. Many of our Palm Beach Crystalens IOLs, Tecnis and ReSTOR IOL patients can achieve sharp distance and near vision after the surgery, and can greatly reduce their dependence on glasses!
To learn more about these exciting lenses, contact our office or call 1-877-7362020.
Dr. Lawrence Katzen invites you to contact his offices to evaluate you treatment options. Please use our Contact Us page to schedule your personal consultation with one of our highly skilled vision correction specialists Dr. Lawrence Katzen, Dr. Michael Weiskopf, Dr. Elizabeth Oteiza, or Dr. Debra McCracken.