Cataracts are Common, but Highly Treatable
Have you been diagnosed with cataracts? If the answer is, “Yes,” you’re not alone. Cataracts affect more than 20.5 million adults in the United States, and are a natural part of the aging process. In fact, more than 90 percent of Americans will develop cataracts by the time they’re 65 years old. And while older adults are most susceptible to cataracts, younger adults who have diabetes or who have experienced a severe eye injury can also develop cataracts.
Do You Have Cataracts?
Cataracts typically begin developing in individuals who are in their forties or early fifties. By the time they’re 65 years old, more than 90 percent of Americans will have developed cataracts.
The symptoms of cataracts become more pronounced over time, but here are a few early signs that you may have a cataract:
- Blurred or cloudy vision
- Difficulty seeing at night
- “Halos” around bright lights (especially at night)
- Sensitivity to bright light and glare
- Need for brighter lights for reading and other close-up activities
- Double vision or multiple images in one eye
- A faded or yellowish hue to bright colors
- The need for frequent adjustments to glasses or contact lens prescriptions
Cataract Surgery: The Path to Clearer Vision
There’s no reason to fear cataract surgery. This minimally invasive, outpatient procedure typically takes 10-15 minutes, and is performed on more than three million cataract patients in the U.S. every year. In fact, cataract surgery has been ranked among the safest vision correction procedures available.
Premium Lens Options
It’s time to select a replacement lens that meets all your vision goals. Also known as intraocular lenses (IOL), replacement lenses eliminate the symptoms associated with cataracts and even correct pre-existing vision issues. That’s right: after cataract surgery, you may no longer have to rely on glasses or contact lenses to see clearly.
Check out the video below to hear what real patients have to say about their lives after cataract surgery:
Making Cataract Surgery Affordable
There is no standard cost for cataract surgery. And while most private insurance and Medicare plans will cover the procedure once a patient has met their deductible and provided the proper copayments, this is not always the case. The exact cost of your cataract surgery will vary based on a range of factors, including:
Your Lens Choice
As an ICU nurse for 40 years, I couldn’t be more impressed and felt secure.
- Sandra C.
I noticed my vision was getting cloudy and I was diagnosed with a cataract. The whole procedure was quick and easy. Afterwards, I only need to wear reading glasses for fine print.
- Robert W.
A Team of Experts.
The doctors at Swagel Wootton Eye Institute are among the most experienced in Arizona, having performed thousands of procedures for satisfied patients using the most advanced technology.
The Right Time for Cataract Surgery
While cataract surgery only becomes a necessity when vision loss starts to interfere with daily activities like driving or watching television, many people elect to undergo the procedure once their cataracts affect their ability to see vibrant colors. The good news is that cataracts won’t harm your eyes if you wait to have surgery, though you should still regularly see an eye care professional to ensure that your eyes are otherwise healthy.
60 Second Cataract Screener
Take our Cataract Self-Test to find out if cataract surgery will help you get back to seeing – and living your life.
Managing the Risks of Cataract Surgery
Cataract surgery is a safe and effective way of restoring clear vision. It’s also one of the most commonly performed procedures in the United States — nearly four million people have cataract surgery each year.
While every surgery comes with some degree of risk, patients rarely experience complications from cataract removal procedures. Before your surgery at Swagel Wootton Eye Institute, we’ll not only make sure you’re aware of potential side effects, but will explain the steps our surgeons will take to reduce the risk of complications during and following your procedure. There are also several things you can do to help accelerate the healing process:
- Following surgery, you’ll be given eye drops that help fend off infections and prevent your eyes from becoming inflamed. Be sure to use these drops as directed.
- Do your best to avoid touching or rubbing your eyes after surgery — the goal is to keep irritation to a minimum.
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