Cataract Surgery: The CLEAR Choice

The lens of the eye is what focuses on an image until the brain can comprehend what the eyes are seeing. If you have a cataract, it will cloud the lens and cause blurred vision. The lens is made of a protein and water. As people age, the protein can clump together, forming a cataract…

August 11, 2014

The lens of the eye is what focuses on an image until the brain can comprehend what the eyes are seeing. If you have a cataract, it will cloud the lens and cause blurred vision. The lens is made of a protein and water. As people age, the protein can clump together, forming a cataract. The most common type of cataract typically develops in a person around the age of 60, but does not actually affect the eyesight until around the age of 75.

Blurred vision is among the most common symptom. Along with that, people often report having poor night vision and seeing a “glare” or a “halo” when looking at lights, such as headlights or street lamps. Colors can seem to appear faded, and there could be double vision.

The best way to monitor your eye health is have an annual appointment with your eye care physician In order to diagnose the problem; your doctor will most likely perform a dilated eye exam, administering eye drops to widen the pupils to make it easier for the doctor to view potential problems. However, the other two ways to diagnose cataracts includes an eye chart test or through tonometry to measure the pressure inside of the eye.

Not all cataracts need treatment. Some are present without causing any of the nuisances associated with them. Any cataracts that need to be treated require cataract surgery to remove the cloudy lens. This entails a small incision along the cornea, then using small ultrasound waves to soften and break up the cataract. The dispersion of these proteins clears the cataract, resulting in clear vision.

If you suspect you have cataracts or have other issues with your vision, visit MedStar Eye Physicians. The board certified team of eye physicians has more than 75 combined years of experience.

You can call the MedStar Eye Physicians at 301-290-5915 to make your appointment. The practice is conveniently located at St. Mary's Medical Center at Charlotte Hall, 37767 Market Drive. For more information, go to MedStarStMarys.org.

Learn more about ophthalmology at MedStar St. Mary's Hospital.

About MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital

MedStar St. Mary's Hospital is a full-service community hospital, delivering state-of-the-art emergency, acute inpatient and outpatient care in Leonardtown, Md. Nestled in a waterside community, MedStar St. Mary's provides advanced technology with a dedication to excellence in all services provided. The not-for-profit hospital has been named among the nation’s Top 100 Hospitals™ and is an eight time recipient of the prestigious Delmarva Medicare Excellence Award. Our staff is committed to providing quality and compassionate medical care for all patients by coupling innovation with our outstanding team of Medical Staff members, associates and volunteers. Visit MedStarStMarys.org to learn more.

About MedStar Health

MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit MedStarHealth.org

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