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Alexander Katz, MD                                               Jupiter      561-408-2345Board Certified Ophthalmologist                         St. Lucie   772-446-4230

Cataract

What Are Cataracts?

A cataract is a painless clouding in the lens of the eye that causes vision impairment. Cataracts sometimes remain small and may not be noticeable. Frequently, cataracts do not need to be removed. However, many cataracts grow larger or more dense over time, causing severe vision changes.

Globally, cataracts are the leading cause of blindness, affecting 18 million people. Cataracts are even more significant as a cause of low vision, affecting 62 million worldwide.

 

What Are the Symptoms of Cataracts?

Not all cataracts impair vision or affect daily living. But when they do, common symptoms include:

     Cloudy, fuzzy, foggy or filmy vision

     Glare from lamps or the sun, which may be severe

     Difficulty driving at night due to glare from headlights

     Frequent changes in eyeglass prescription

     Double vision

     Second sight – temporary improvement in near vision (such as that needed for reading) in farsighted people

    Difficulty performing daily activities because of vision problems

 

What Causes Cataracts?

Aging and exposure to ultraviolet radiation can cause cataracts. People may also experience cataracts after an eye injury, as a result of eye disease, after the use of certain medications, or as a result of medical conditions such as diabetes.

Genetics may be another risk factor for developing cataracts. People with a family history are more likely to develop them. The color of your eye may also contribute to the development of cataracts. People with darker-colored irises appear to have an increased risk of developing them.

 

How to Avoid Cataracts

Have your vision checked regularly for early detection

Wear sunglasses with 100 percent UV protection

Don't smoke

Wear protective eye gear, when active, to avoid eye trauma

 

How Are Cataracts Treated?

Cataracts are usually treated with surgery if vision problems are interfering with quality of life. Cataract surgery is very common and currently has the highest success rate of any surgical procedure. It involves removing the natural lens of the eye, which contains the cataract. The lens is then usually replaced with an artificial lens called an intraocular lens (IOL) implant.

 

 

How does Dr. Katz treat Cataracts?

Dr. Katz is an expert in the field of cataract surgery. Dr. Katz has performed thousands of cataract surgeries with excellent results.  He is a high volume cataract surgeon because of his excellent skill and reputation.

Dr. Katz performs no suture microincisional cataract surgery under topical anesthesia.

 

Dr. Katz is proud to offer TECNIS® lens implants, which not only correct cataracts, but also helps restore full vision. Dr. Katz also offers the ReSTOR®, Crytalens®, or Toric® Lens for selected patients to decrease the need for glasses or treat astigmatism. Dr.  Katz will discuss your options if cataract surgery is being considered.

If you are having symptoms of cataracts, please feel free to call Dr. Katz's office to schedule an appointment for a complete evaluation. If cataracts are the cause of your loss of vision, you can feel comfortable in Dr. Katz's hands!

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JUPITER

224 Chimney Corner Ln,

STE 2002

Jupiter, FL 33458

phone: 561 408-2345

fax:      561 444-3508

 

 

PORT SAINT LUCIE

573 NW Lake Whitney Place,

STE 103

Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

phone: 772 446-4230

fax:     772 446-4758

 

 

 

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