On a list of things that most of us take for granted, clear vision is near the top. Generally, people don’t think about their eye health until they start to experience problems. However, by then it can be too late.
Since March is Save Your Vision Month, it’s a great time to raise awareness about two incredibly common visual complications: cataracts and glaucoma. Both of these conditions can cause vision loss and blindness. We want you to be familiar with them, as well as the advanced treatment and management options that we offer at Susskind & Almallah Eye Associates.
Essential Information About Cataracts
A cataract is a clouding of the clear lens of the eye. It can form in one or both eyes and block light.
Cataracts occur far more frequently in older individuals. They are a common issue, and more than half of all Americans will develop cataracts by the time they are 80 years old.
This visual complication develops slowly and does not affect your eyesight in the early stages. However, it can interfere with your vision over time and even lead to blindness.
People who have cataracts may begin to notice that their sight is blurry. Eventually, daily activities become difficult as it gets harder to see.
Thankfully, most cataracts can be removed to restore clear vision. Our ophthalmologists use new and advanced technology to give our patients a desirable outcome from their cataract surgery.
For laser-assisted cataract surgery, the Catalys® Precision Laser System provides superior safety and precision during the gentle removal of the clouded lens. After removing the clouded lens, our highly trained eye doctors will replace it with a premium artificial intraocular lens. These IOL’s offer numerous benefits, including the simultaneous correction of refractive vision errors such as astigmatism.
These technological advancements in cataract surgery are great news for patients. Since 2014, 90 percent of our patients chose to have cataract surgery with the Catalys® laser.
Glaucoma at a Glance
Glaucoma is known as the silent thief of sight. This title refers to the fact that glaucoma rarely presents symptoms in the early stages.
With this eye condition, high eye pressure damages the optic nerve that connects the eye to the brain. This damage can lead to vision loss and even permanent blindness.
Glaucoma tends to affect people over the age of 40, though it can develop at any age. There are several additional risk factors for developing glaucoma, including:
- A family history of the condition
- High eye pressure
- Thin corneas
Glaucoma can’t be cured, but some treatments can slow the progression of the disease. The goal is to lower the eye pressure in patients with this condition. If you have glaucoma, our ophthalmologists may begin by prescribing eye drops that can help reduce intraocular pressure.
After the eye drops, they may recommend the XEN® Gel stent. This next-generation glaucoma treatment works by implanting a tiny instrument — about the size of an eyelash — in your eye to relieve pressure. Canaloplasty is another advanced treatment option.
Hopefully one day there will be a way to restore lost vision and cure the disease. Until then, our ophthalmologists will do their best to limit the impact of the condition on your sight.
Schedule Your Eye Care Appointment in Brick
Early detection is the best treatment for glaucoma, cataracts, and other optical issues. Schedule your appointment for a comprehensive eye exam or to discuss treatment options for a visual problem by calling 732-349-5622. At Susskind & Almallah Eye Associates, we welcome patients from Toms River, Brick, Barnegat, and Manalapan Township, New Jersey.