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Cataract FAQ

Over Fifty percent of people over the age of 60, and quite a few younger than that, suffer from cataracts. In fact, cataracts are so common, it is said that everyone will develop a cataract if they live long enough.


What is a Cataract?

CataractA cataract is a clouding of the natural lens inside the eye. This lens, located behind the iris (or colored part of the eye) works just like the lens of a camera-focusing light images on the retina, which sends the image to the brain.

The human lens, made mostly of protein and water, can become clouded-so clouded it keeps light and images from reaching the retina.

A cataract can be the reason sharp images become blurred, bright colors become dull, or seeing at night is more difficult. It may also be why reading glasses or bifocals that used to help someone read, or do other simple tasks, no longer seem to help.

What causes Cataracts?

Eye injury, certain diseases like diabetes, or even some medications (ex. Prednisone or cortisone) can cause the clouding. But in over 90% of cases, clouding is caused by the aging process. Exposure to UV light can also cause cataracts.

How is a cataract detected?

Adults over the age of 40 should schedule routine eye examination on an annual basis to determine whether cataracts or other eye disorders are present. Dr. Stanciu is an expert physician in the diagnosis and treatment of cataracts.

Can cataracts be prevented or treated?

Currently there is no medical treatment to reverse or prevent the development of cataracts. A cataract is not a “film” over the eye, and neither diet nor lasers will make it go away. Once they form, there is only one way to achieve clear vision again, and that is to physically remove the cataract from inside the eye and replace it with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL).

When should a cataract be removed?

It can take months or years for a cataract to fully develop. For an adult, a cataract should be removed only when it interferes with lifestyle and makes it difficult to continue normally enjoyable activities. Only you can decide when it’s time to open your eyes to a brighter, clearer world.

Is cataract surgery effective?

Cataract surgery is a successful procedure with low risk and quick recovery.

What type of Anesthesia is used?

Topical Anesthesia and self-sealing incisions have taken cataract surgery to the next level. Many patients are able to see with clear vision much sooner after the surgery. In most cases, it is now possible to return to daily activities such as driving and reading almost immediately. With ‘eye drop’ anesthesia, there is no need for a painful needle injection which delays vision restoration and could cause temporary swelling and skin discoloration.

How much does cataract surgery cost?

Once a cataract has developed in one or both eyes, it is deemed medically necessary and covered by your medical insurance. Dr. Stanciu accepts assignment from Medicare and most major insurance companies. Please check with your insurance carrier to make sure Dr. Stanciu participates with your plan or call the office with any questions.

What can I expect after cataract surgery?Cataract Surgery

After the procedure, you’ll be given a short time to rest. Then, the very same day, you can go home. Within the next 24 hours, Dr. Stanciu will want to see you for a post operative examination. Drops will be prescribed to guard against infection and to help your eyes heal. For a few days you may need to wear a clear shield, especially at night, to prevent you from rubbing your eye. At Advanced Eye Care & Laser Center Dr. Stanciu and staff make sure you have clear complete pre and post operative instructions so that your cataract surgery is a safe and successful experience.



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