Eye health discussion from Dr. Azizi and West Florida Eye Care
Cataracts – Causes and Treatment
A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens inside the eye. The word cataract is derived from a Greek word meaning “waterfall” (looking through falling water). Nearly half of the population over 65 will have some degree of cataract formation in their lifetime.
Cataracts are most commonly caused by natural chemical changes within the lens of the eye, which is thought to be part of the natural aging process, but can also occur as a result of trauma, life-long UV exposure, certain medications and certain systemic diseases. It is important to note that a cataract is not considered a disease of the eye and presently there is no proven method of prevention.
Cataract surgery is the recommended treatment option when both vision and lifestyle functionality is compromised. Though normally we all feel apprehensive due to the importance of vision to each of us, cataract surgery is extremely effective in completely correcting vision. Most often times, our patients require only spectacles for reading after the surgery and at times, require no spectacles after surgery at all. There are more advanced lenses, when appropriately chosen for each patient, may allow that individual to not need spectacles at all after cataract surgery.
Cataract Treatment at West Florida Eye Care
Here at West Florida Eye, our professional staff will discuss different options available to each individual. Should a surgery be required, we will make sure the process is as smooth as possible for our patients through coordinating care with not only the chosen surgeon but also making sure the appropriate insurance referrals and authorizations are obtained. Our doctors and staff at West Florida Eye are trained to be very informative so that each patient have some of control on their eye care needs.
Al Azizi, O.D.
Dry Eyes Specialist
Medical Director of West Florida Eye
Offices in Ft. Myers and Lehigh