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Are Cataracts and Vision Loss Permanent?

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Do you have cataracts? Are you experiencing vision loss or impairment?

The good news is that it’s not permanent. Cataract surgery will correct your cataracts and restore your vision.

Cataracts form on and cloud the lens of your eye. This drains your vision slowly over time. For some patients, this vision loss process is more rapid.

The only way to correct your vision is to remove your cataracts and replace your natural lens. This is done through cataract surgery.

Having this procedure is the only way to correct and remove your cataracts. Cataract surgery is a quick procedure that both corrects your cataracts and restores your vision.

Keep reading to learn if cataracts and vision loss from them are permanent!

What Are Cataracts?

Cataracts develop when proteins on the natural lens of your eye clump together and make it harder for light to come through. As the cataract grows, it impairs your vision.

They can cause blurry vision and halos, among many other frustrating symptoms. Cataracts are a common and natural part of the aging process.

They are the leading cause of blindness in American adults over the age of sixty. Luckily, this blindness is only temporary. Cataract surgery will correct your cataracts and restore your clear vision.

Symptoms of Cataracts

The most common symptoms of cataracts include blurry vision and halos around lights. Many cataract patients also experience a decrease in vision sharpness.

Blurry Vision

The most common cataract symptom is blurry vision. Some patients describe this blurry vision as “foggy.” It can appear as if you are looking through a foggy windshield.

This can limit your vision and make it difficult to go about your day. When you can no longer complete your daily routine, this is often a good sign that it’s time to consider cataract surgery.

Cataract surgery is the only way to correct your cataracts and get back any vision you may have lost.

Halos

Another common symptom of cataracts is seeing halos around lights. This can include both indoor and outdoor lights, as well as car headlights.

Seeing halos around lights can make it difficult to get around at night, and makes it much harder if you want to drive. Do not try to drive if you are experiencing halos. You will need to undergo cataract surgery before you can drive safely again.

IOLs

During your cataract surgery, your surgeon will remove your clouded natural lens. They will replace your natural lens with an artificial lens.

This artificial lens is called an intraocular lens or IOL. This artificial lens will correct your cataracts and restore your vision.

There are many kinds of IOLs available, including premium options. Opting for a premium lens implant can both correct your cataracts and your vision problems like nearsightedness or farsightedness.

With a premium IOL, you may end up with the best vision you’ve ever had in your life! Yes, that includes before you had cataracts as well.

Once you have an IOL implanted, it is permanent. Your vision will stay clear and pristine for years to come!

Schedule a Consultation

Ready to restore the vision that cataracts robbed from you? The first step is a cataract screening. Schedule yours today with Georgia Eye Associates in Atlanta, GA!

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