The surgeons at Philadelphia Eye Associates are among the most experienced cataract surgeons in the country and are routinely called on the handle the most difficult cases in the Philadelphia region. They are experts in the latest technologies and are actively involved in research to bring new techniques and products to the Ophthalmic community and to their patients.
Most people have some clouding of their eye's natural crystalline lens after the age of 60. This clouding is more commonly referred to as a cataract. About 50% of Americans in the age group of 65-74 have at least one cataract, and about 70% of those age 75 and over have cataract)s. Simply stated, when the eye's lens becomes cloudy, light cannot be properly focused on the retina; thus, visual acuity decreases. The only "cure" for poor vision due to cataract is removal of the eye's lens and implantation of a new, man-made focusing device called an intraocular lens (IOL).
Many people with cataracts may experience symptoms such as:
- Cloudy, fuzzy, foggy vision
- Difficulty in seeing to drive, especially at night
- Trouble seeing to do close work
- Problems seeing television
- Colors that seem dull, faded, not as bright
- Frequent changes and a stronger glasses prescription
- Halos around lights
- Bothersome glare
- A milky white spot or cloudy spot visually apparent in the center of the eye
In The Media
Dr Mark Blecher recently discussed Cataracts and Cataract Surgery for philly.com. In the article, Dr Blecher answers questions such as "What is a cataract and when do people get them ?" and "How common is cataract surgery ?". Click on the link below to view the full article.
Diagnosing a cataract
Treating a cataract
Once the cataract begins to cause visual difficulties, we can remove it. In removing the cataract, we are removing the lens of the eye and must replace it. While we are young the natural lens of the eye can change focus from far to close, however standard replacement lenses (IOLs) cannot. There are now newer, premium IOLs that can help provide both near and far vision after cataract surgery. Be sure to ask your surgeon if you are a candidate."