Have you noticed that as you get older, the dinner conversation with friends has transitioned?
In our 20’s we seemed to enjoy conversing about being single and where to have fun. That became meeting ‘your person’ and comparing notes. Then came the wedding planning and honeymoon subject. Moving on down the road, the focus was on family planning and then we all had lots to say about our children as they all grew up together. Baby milestones through the college years, we all had common interests which reflected in our get togethers.
It seems for those 50 and over, the shift came to health issues and healthy lifestyles. We compare symptoms and body changes and things that go ouch in the night.
The big buzz word lately is cataracts…who has them and what they did about them. In short, cataracts are the clouding of the lens of your eye, which is normally clear. You are in good company, approximately 21 million American adults have cataracts. When a cataract clouds over the lens, your eye can’t focus light in the same way. This leads to blurry vision, see faded colors, sensitivity to light, poor vision at night, and even double vision. The change depends on the location and size of your cataract.
Most cataracts develop slowly over time. The longer you have them the worse they get.
Risk factors are typically:
- Smoking cigarettes.
- Increasing Age
- Use alcohol heavily.
- Family history of cataracts
- Take Steroids
More than 50% of people aged 80 and older have had cataracts. Most patients are 68 years of age when they are diagnosed with cataracts — they happen because of normal changes in your eyes as you get older. You can also get cataracts after an eye injury, or after surgery for another eye problem (like glaucoma).
Cataracts are diagnosed during a comprehensive eye examination. If cataracts are present, then you and your doctor can discuss your treatment options. If you are still functioning well and activities are not limited by the quality of your vision, a decision may be made to wait before removing the cataract.
If surgery is recommended, know that Cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed ocular surgeries in the world and has transformed the lives of countless patients. When your cataract is removed, a new lens is placed inside of your eye. A wonderful new option to use during cataract surgery has recently been introduced, PanOptix Lens.
A PanOptix Lens is an implanted cataract replacement lens. It is the first and only trifocal lens in the United States. Currently used by over 125 million people, they give you enhanced vision for clear, complete focus. This will help you resume a normal, active life. Intraocular lenses or IOLs, can affect the quality and range of vision you’ll have after cataract surgery. So, you are not only losing your cataract, but you are also gaining better vision at the same time.
So, if you need cataract surgery and suffer from presbyopia aka age related blurry near vision, ask one of our amazing doctors about the option of PanOptix for you.