Myvision.org Home

Cataracts

older man with cataracts

Secondary Cataracts: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Secondary cataracts are one of the most common side effects from cataract surgery. Light halos and blurry vision are two symptoms, and treatment comes in the form of laser surgery. Using intraocular lenses (IOLs) during the initial cataract surgery can help prevent secondary cataracts. What Are Secondary Cataracts? Secondary cataracts occur in up to half […]

intraocular lens implant iol

How to Choose the Best Lens for Your Cataract Surgery

Intraocular lenses are ones that doctors use when they perform cataract surgery. People who opt for the eye procedure can participate in the selection process for the best lens for eye doctors to use for the surgery. Lenses have strengths and weaknesses for someone’s lifestyle and vision preference. Available IOL Lens Options  There are two […]

eyedrops contacts

Lanosterol Eye Drops for Cataracts

Lanosterol eye drops are touted as the next promising development in cataract treatment. The chemical is naturally produced in the human body and is responsible for cholesterol and steroid hormone formation, among other things. Recent studies suggest that it may be effective in treating cataracts in the human eye.  What Is Lanosterol? Lanosterol is a […]

intraocular lens

Light Adjustable Intraocular Lenses for Cataracts

Intraocular Lenses (IOLs) are artificial lenses doctors implant in eyes to correct vision issues caused by cataracts. Light Adjustable Intraocular Lenses are a special type of IOL that can be calibrated for individual cases. Light treatments allow the lens to be customized in the doctor’s office after surgery. What Are Light Adjustable Lenses? A Light […]

older man with cataracts

Nuclear Cataracts: Symptoms, Causes & Treatment

Nuclear cataracts are the most common kind of cataract, characterized by a clumping of proteins in the eye’s nucleus. They form in the center, or nucleus, of the eye’s lens and cloud vision. This is usually due to these proteins breaking down as a result of aging. Notable clumping of these proteins generally occurs around […]

woman undergoing cataract surgery

Cortical Cataracts: Symptoms, Causes & Treatment

Cortical cataracts form outside the eye lens in the cortex portion of the eye. This type of cataract can extend from the outside to the inside of the lens, making vision blurry.  They are common in people over 50 years old as well as individuals with diabetes.  Cortical cataracts are considered very treatable via surgery. […]

man smiling after cataract surgery

Castor Oil Eye Drops for Cataracts: How to Use It, Benefits & Risks

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved castor oil eye drops as a treatment for cataracts. In fact, there is no approved treatment for cataracts other than cataract removal surgery.  However, some eye drop products claim to be effective in slowing or reversing cataract development. There is no conclusive evidence for these claims. […]

woman getting laser cataract surgery

Traditional vs. Laser Cataract Surgery

Laser-assisted cataract surgery is a much more accurate procedure than traditional cataract surgery, but not every cataract case is ideally positioned to have it. Laser cataract surgery is much more expensive than traditional surgery, and its benefits do not always make it cost-effective. Traditional Cataract Surgery Procedure Traditional cataract surgery is known as phacoemulsification. The […]

man using cataract eye drops

Cataract Eye Drops: Types, Uses, Pre-Surgery, Post-Surgery & More

Cataract eye drops can refer to several different kinds of drops that have legitimate use in cataract treatment.  Dilation and numbing drops commonly get prescribed in the days leading up to surgery. Antibiotic and anti-inflammatory drops can help in the recovery process, reducing the risk of complications. Artificial tears can help if a patient experiences […]

man with cataract

What Causes Cataracts?

Most often, cataracts are due to normal eye changes that occur with aging. Other potential causes include genetics, physical injury, continuous eye exposure to UV light, and underlying diseases like diabetes.  Different Causes for Different Types of Cataracts Cataracts often affect people during the advanced ages in life, and they manifest as clouded or blurred […]

older man with cataracts

Types of Cataracts: Symptoms, Causes & Treatments

A cataract refers to a cloudy area on the lens of the eye. Most commonly, cataracts are age-related and occur as part of the natural aging process.  There are many different types of cataracts. These are some of the most common: Age-related cataracts Traumatic cataracts Radiation cataracts Pediatric cataracts Secondary cataracts Changes in the lens […]

woman talking with eye doctor

Does Cataract Surgery Hurt?

Cataract surgery is considered a pain-free procedure. It is one of the most commonly performed surgeries. You’ll be awake during the surgery, but there is little to no physical discomfort involved. A mild sedative is used to numb the eyes.  Why Doesn’t Cataract Surgery Hurt? The numbing eye drops that are used ensure that you […]