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What You Should Know About Cataracts + Surgery

Posted on March 16, 2018

Photo of an elderly couple, who still enjoy in each other, is on a hiking trip together

By: Sheri Rowen, M.D.

What is a Cataract?

Having cataracts can be like looking through a frosty or fogged up window, making daily activities difficult. It is the clouding of the eye’s natural lens, a transparent structure in the eye that helps refract light on the back of the retina. The lens are made of protein and water, but when the proteins clump together, a cataract is formed. Most cataracts develop in people over the age of 55.

There are many causes for cataracts, although aging is the most common. According to the National Eye Institute, by the age of 80, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery. Cataracts can also be the results of genetics, environmental issues, medical conditions such as diabetes, or poor nutrition and excessive sun exposure.

How To Preserve Your Rejuvenated Vision After Cataract Surgery

Posted on March 8, 2018

By: Mihir Parikh, M.D.

After cataract surgery, your vision is restored and you see amazingly well. What can you do to keep your vision from changing again?

That's a question frequently asked after successful eye surgery. Surgeons usually tell you to exercise, eat well, eliminate tobacco, control blood pressure and lipid levels, wear ultraviolet protection and stay healthy. But knowing that your aging eyes will inevitably change, is there a way to slow down that process? What will preserve good vision for the long term?