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Cataract Surgery in Philadelphia

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Cataract Surgery by Philadelphia Eye Associates is done by some of the most experienced cataract surgeons in the country and are routinely called on to 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.


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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).

What are the Symptoms of Cataracts?

  • 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

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Cataract Surgery Philadelphia InterviewDr Mark Blecher recently discussed Cataracts and Cataract Surgery for 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.

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How are Cataracts Diagnosed?

Most cataracts develop as part of the aging process, but may be present at birth (congenital) or result from an injury, systemic disease (diabetes), or steroid use. Using specialized equipment, cataracts as well as other eye diseases such as glaucoma, are diagnosed during a complete eye examination by your ophthalmologist at Philadelphia Eye Associates. The mere presence of a cataract does not indicate the need for surgery. Some cataracts may be slow growing, and vision may be corrected by stronger glasses for a period of time. Some cataracts develop more rapidly than others, and your eye doctor can monitor changes in vision and cataracts with periodic eye examinations.

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Cataract Surgery Explained

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."

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