Cataract (cloudy lens) is a common diagnosis. It affects one out of every six adults age 40 and older. Surgery is the primary treatment for cataracts. Board-certified ophthalmologists David Fuerst, MD and Nicole Fuerst, MD specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of cataracts, utilizing the most advanced surgical tools and techniques to remove your clouded lens and improve your vision. The surgical procedure is painless, and usually requires no injection, no stitches, and you go home without an eye patch. To schedule a consultation at David J. Fuerst, MD, Inc., contact the office in Glendale or West Covina, California, by phone or online today.
Cataracts are a clouding of the natural lens of your eye. They’re part of the aging process but can develop at any age.
Cataracts form because of changes to the structure of your natural lens. As you get older, your lens becomes less flexible and thicker. These changes to your lens cause tissues in the lens to break down and clump together, creating areas of cloudiness that affect your vision.
Cataracts usually develop slowly over time, but you may start to notice vision changes as the cloudy area grows. Common vision changes associated with cataracts include:
You should schedule an appointment with the board-certified ophthalmologists at David J. Fuerst, MD, Inc. whenever you experience changes in vision.
Your age is the primary risk factor for the development of cataracts. They tend to appear around age 50, and, over time, the clouding may be severe enough that you need surgery to restore your vision.
Though cataracts are common, not everyone develops the eye condition. You may be at greater risk of cataracts if:
A history of eye trauma or eye surgery may also increase your risk of developing cataracts.
Currently, there is no medical treatment to reverse or prevent the development of cataracts. Surgery is the recommended treatment for cataracts once they cause vision changes that affect your quality of life. During the early stages of the eye condition, the specialists at David J. Fuerst, MD, Inc. may suggest observation and prescription eyeglasses to address your vision changes.
However, as the clouding and your vision worsen, you will need cataract surgery. The experienced team at David J. Fuerst, MD, Inc. specializes in cataract surgery and utilizes advanced surgical techniques to get you the best results.
When replacing your clouded lens with an intraocular lens (IOL), the team may suggest an IOL that corrects not only your cataract, but also vision issues, such as astigmatism, so you no longer need to wear prescription eyeglasses.
Cataracts are common and treatable. To schedule a consultation with the cataract surgery experts at David J. Fuerst, MD, Inc., call the office or use the online booking button today.