There are different types of cataracts, but the most common cataract is age related. As we get older, the natural lens inside our eye becomes cloudy causing blurred vision, which cannot be corrected by glasses. Some patients will see halos around lights, suffer from glare at night or in bright sun, or other visual disturbances. Nearly everyone reaching the age of 60 and older will get cataracts. This is natural progressing eye condition, in fact, cataract surgery is the most common surgical procedure performed world-wide!
Our board certified Connecticut eye surgeons will educate you about cataracts and perform cataract surgery, as needed. During cataract surgery, your surgeon will remove the cloudy lens and replace it with an intraocular lens implant.
Signs of a cataract that may be ready for removal:
- Halo’s: Halos are a common complaint of patients presenting with a cataract. You will notice halo’s around lights.
- Foggy Vision: Imagine your window looking outside with a haze. Colors are not clear and vibrant. Patients tend to notice this with objects they have know are white and now have a yellow tinge.
- Decreased Vision: Covering one eye and then the other; patients tend to see a difference between both eyes. Eye glasses cannot correct mature cataracts.
Eye drops or other medications CANNOT remove a cataract. Updating your glasses does not improve your vision completely.
First, you will need a complete eye examination with your Connecticut ophthalmologist at Middlesex Eye Physicians, and then you will be sent to our surgical coordinator to discuss surgery.
At this time you will also make appointments for the following:
- Your ultrasound (sometimes called A-Scan) appointment, where a qualified ophthalmic ultrasound technician will measure your eyes.
- An in depth follow up with your surgical coordinator
- Your surgical date
- Your post operative visit (typically the day after surgery)
Your follow up appointment will include a sit down discussion where you will go over an appropriate lens option for your eyes, receive a folder containing information to review with loved ones, and you will be given a prescription for eye drops ordered by your ophthalmologist to use before and after your cataract surgery. You will have the option of purchasing a $10 surgical bag that contains reading glasses, eye shields, tape, and dark sunglasses. Please bring a loved one and/or questions to this appointment.
Our ophthalmologists perform cataract surgery at:
Hartford Hospital Eye Surgery Center
505 Willard Avenue