What are symptoms of cataracts of the eye?

Cloudy vision. Progression is usually slow, over months or even years. Increasing cloudiness, decreased sharpness of vision and glare are typical.
Cataract symptoms. Symptoms of cataracts may vary. In general there is a decrease in vision. This may be noticed while reading, while driving and seeing street signs, playing golf "seeing the golf ball", reading print on t.V. (baseball score). Other symptoms may be "glare", "star-bursting", halo's around lights at night, or even with sunlight during the day. If this affects your ability, then consider surgery.

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Could cataracts of the eye be treated with laser technologies?

Not really. Laser is a means of delivering energy and if aimed at the lens will induce a cataract. A cataract is a semi-solid tissue which has to be removed from the eye and laser will not do that. Laser has been used to be an adjunct to certain parts of the standard phacoemulsification procedure with the aim of making it more predictable or safer. But removal of the cataract requires access by instruments. Read more...
Cataracts. Yes, there are new modalities including femtosecond laser technologies to help in cataract surgery. However, these technologies are in their infancy. The vast majority of cataracts are removed using ultrasound (phacoemsulsification). Read more...

Is it possible for cataracts of the eye to be treated with laser technologies?

Yes. New machine just released that heaps perform cornea incision and first part of catararact surgery called lensx. Read more...
Yes, but not LASIK. There are new technologies available which use a laser to break up the lens to allow it to be removed from a small incision in the eye. Most surgery in the us uses sound waves rather than laser to break up the lens, again through a small incision. Laser cataract surgery may have some advantages (it is new, and opinions vary among eye mds), and is an add'l charge not covered by your insurance. Read more...

Can you tell me, are cataracts in the eye serious?

Yes but no. Cataracts are serious in that they can cause progressive vision loss to the point of blindness if left untreated. Fortunately, modern cataract surgery may be one of the best medical procedures, as it can restore perfect vision, and have minimal affect on a patient (such as no pain from surgery). Cataracts among folks under 50-60 are unusual, and warrant a careful evaluation. Read more...
Cataract: common. The lens: usually clear, behind iris & like a "pillow in a pillowcase". As we age, lens can get cloudy/white & affect VA. If significant, or worsening or causing narrow angles, surgery may be indicated. Cataract is the number 1 cause of preventable blindness in the world. Cataract surgery is the most common surgery performed in the world & in US. More info: eyedoc2020.blogspot.com. Read more...

How to heal the eye if cataract surgery did not go well?

Depends. The treating ophthalmologist will discuss with you the means for dealing with a surgery which had complications. This may involve extra use of medication, further surgery and sometimes referral to a specialist like a retinal surgeon. In some cases time is the only thing needed as all eyes do not heal at the same rate. Read more...
???? Consult with your doctor, consider a second opinion. Without specifics this question is difficult to answer. Read more...
Depends. Using the topical medications as directed by your eye doctor is very important. Unfortunately, your healing depending upon what complication occurred and how it was handled by your surgeon. Read more...

How can I take care of the eye after the cataract surgery?

Use drops . Following cataract surgery, most ophthalmologists prescribe eye drops - including anti-inflammatory and antibiotics. It is important to use them as directed. I tell my patients to avoid eyeliner makeup for a week and avoid firm finger to eye contact. Otherwise no major restrictions with the latest laser cataract or traditional cataract surgery. Read more...
Post Cataract Care. After Small Incision Cataract Surgery, most eyeMD recommend no bending, lifting heavy things, straining for at least 3-5 days w/ shield on at night time/when sleeping; no swimming with eyes open under water as well. If you had an ECCE, most extend this to 7-10days depending if there is no wound leak at the suture site. Keep eye clean w/gentle lid hygiene when MD says: see: eyedoc2020.blogspot.com. Read more...

Following cataract surgery, will the eye go back to normal perfect vision?

Possibly. If the eye is normal except for the cataract and had excellent vision before the cataract formed, then normal vision is the usual result. Cataract surgery corrects cloudy optics but will not undo any retinal or corneal damage that predates the cataract removal. Read more...
Vision & Cataract. Vision usually decreases with cataract formation; Depending on pre-operative risk factors (ie, hypertension, diabetes, pseudoexfoliation, trauma, etc) the vast majority of patients achieve 20/20 vision after cataract surgery (low risk factor patients). Most patients say colors are brighter after surgery & VA much better. More info at: eyedoc2020 blogspot com. Read more...

Can you tell me how could cataract surgery end up breaking the lens pocket in the eye?

Cataract. If you mean what can cause a tear in the capsular membrane that surrounds the natural lens during cataract surgery, the answer would be: many things. Cataract surgery is performed expertly by many careful and well-trained surgeons throughout the country, and we always try to avoid an unintentional tears in the capsule, especially posteriorly, but it can happen easily because it is so delicate. Read more...
Cataract Surgery:how. The lens: usually clear, behind iris & like a "pillow in a pillowcase". When cloudy/white & affecting vision, surgery needed. Goal: remove top part of pillow case (anterior capsule), remove pillow (cataract), keep back pillow case intact (posterior capsule), place a new lens; Goal: keep capsular bag intact; ultrasound tip can puncture/disrupt bag; More info: eyedoc2020.blogspot.com. Read more...

Can the eye drop N-acetylcarnosine reverse cataract? If it doesn't, is there another type that does? How long should I wait before surgery?

N-acetylcarnosine. N-acetylcarnosine (NAC) in small studies showed improve vision in cataract patients. However, it has not been studied in double blind, randomized, prospective way & studies were paid for by company who has vested interest. It is not FDA approved. Likely sun protection & eating a diet rich in antioxidants is just as good; so there is still not enough proof. More info at: eyedoc2020@blogspot.com. Read more...