Patients can face different vision health challenges at different stages of life. This is especially true as patients get older and the chances of developing vision problems rise. Thankfully the team at our North County San Diego laser eye surgery center is able to address the eye care needs of patients of all ages. Using some of the most advanced technology available, we can develop the best treatment plan to meet your diverse needs.
One common problem that our team treats on a regular basis is cataracts. Cataracts are the hardening of the proteins within the lens of the eye. This causes the lens of the eye to become milky and pale rather than clear, impairing the vision. When you meet with a North County San Diego LASIK surgeon and eye care specialist, he or she will be able to check for the development of cataracts and determine the best route of treatment.
Causes of Cataracts
There are many different causes of cataracts, but some of the most common causes include:
- Prolonged exposure to the sun/ultraviolet light
- Trauma to the eye
- Radiation exposure
- Steroid use
- Excessive alcohol consumption
The best way to prevent cataracts from forming is to wear sunglasses and a hat with a brim when out in the sun. This will protect your eyes from harsh UV rays. Also be sure to avoid smoking and to eat healthy and smartly. Preventative care is always best for promoting good health and total well being.
The best way to treat a cataract once it forms is cataract surgery. During cataract surgery, the clouded lens of the eye is carefully removed and replaced with an artificial lens. These artificial lenses are called intraocular lenses, and they help restore vision to a patient.
About Intraocular Lenses (IOLs)
Our North County San Diego IOLs are of high quality and are a great way for patients with cataracts to restore their quality of life. These lenses come in different varieties. Broadly, however, there are two kinds of IOLs: monofocal and multifocal.
Monofocal lenses are IOLs that are designed for vision at a single distance (near vision or distance vision). When monofocal lenses are placed, corrective lenses will need to be worn. Multifocal lenses, on the other hand, are designed to accommodate both near vision and distance vision.
Making the Right Decision About IOLs
The best decision for your vision health needs cannot be made online, of course. Each patient is different, and some lenses will be better than others for an individual patient’s needs. Rest assured, however, that we will help you make the best choice for your vision in the future. We offer CrystalensÂ®, ReSTORÂ®, ReZoom&â„¢, and TECNIS/MF&â„¢ IOLsâ€“all of which are safe, effective, and FDA approved.
Learn More About Cataract Surgery and IOLs
If you would like to learn more about IOLs, cataract surgery, and cataract prevention, be sure to contact our Carlsbad vision correction center today. The entire team here is eager to meet with you and discuss your vision health goals in more detail.