Cataracts are one of the most common and treatable eye conditions.
Cataracts occur when the lens, which sits just behind the iris or colored part of the eye, becomes cloudy. Light which would normally pass through this lens directly, is now scattered and the image collected by the retina is blurred and distorted.
Cataracts are a fact of life for many of us, and nearly everyone over 60 years old will develop them at some point. Wearing sunglasses and wide brimmed hats when we are outdoors will protect our eyes from UV radiation and thus reduce the risk of cataract development.
Treatment For Cataracts
Luckily, the treatment for cataracts is now very straightforward and recovery time is generally short. Gone are the days of eye patches, immobilization, and lengthy recovery.
The treatment for cataracts is surgical removal of the clouded lens and replacement with a synthetic, clear lens. Many exciting new technological advancements have occurred in these replacement lens designs as well as in the surgical techniques used by eye doctors. We co-manage surgical patients with several local ophthalmology practices.
There now are designs which integrate astigmatism and bifocal correction into the lens implant. Our eye doctors have been extensively trained in the co-management of this new technology. We happily educate each of our cataract patients in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake and Norfolk on the options available to them at our eye care clinic and how their insurance coverage applies to the cost of the procedures.