Cataracts Don’t Have to Slow You Down

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Cataracts Don’t Have to Slow You Down

“One of the important responsibilities we have to our Fairfield County seniors is to educate them about the symptoms of cataracts and the benefits of cataract surgery and lens implants have on vision as well as daily living, maintaining mental alertness and frankly the safety and comfort of just moving around without the worry of tripping and falling,” explained Corneal Specialist & Cataract Surgeon Leslie Doctor, M.D.

For many patients cataracts start out slowly and have little effect on vision at first. But, as the cataract becomes denser, so does the impact on vision and the ability and ease of overall functioning. The most common symptoms that bother patients with cataracts can include blurring, clouding or dimming of vision, sensitivity to light and glare, double vision in one eye, poor night vision, fading or yellowing of colors and the need frequent changes in glasses or contact lens prescriptions. These are the visual symptoms of cataracts. “But cataracts can do even more to the person as a whole,” stated Dr. Leslie Doctor.

“What we have come to realize is that the loss of visual function over time in seniors is often associated with premature or accelerated mental decline. Decreased vision-especially in varying lighting conditions and where there are shadows, creates mobility and safety difficulty and can also put patients at increased risk for orthopedic injury-especially hip fracture. Restoring vision with cataract surgery and lens implants plays a real role senior health, well being, mobility, safety and mental state,” said Dr. Leslie Doctor.

When cataracts begin to interfere with daily activities or with patient comfort, mobility and safety, they can be treated surgically. Cataract surgery is one of the safest and most frequently performed surgeries in the United States. There is a full range of lens implants available that allow us to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and even near vision problems after cataract surgery, as well as distance vision, without requiring bifocals or reading glasses for the vast majority of patients.

If you or someone you know has questions about cataract, cataract surgery or lens implants please call Doctor & Associates-203-227-4113, visit Doctor & Associates in Fairfield County or to schedule an appointment.

Doctor & Associates is a leading Fairfield County Connecticut eye care practice with offices at 129 Kings Highway North, Westport, Connecticut 06880, 195 Danbury Road, Wilton, Connecticut 06897 and 148 East Avenue, Norwalk, Connecticut 06851.