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Cataracts are a common condition among aging adults or younger patients with trauma to their eyes. A cataract is a cloudy area in the lens of the eye. The lens is a structure that helps your eyes focus. Cataracts develop for various reasons, including advancing age. Cataracts do not need to be removed unless vision loss interferes with daily activities.

Dr. Levine is a recognized expert in the field of cataract surgery. Dr. Levine has performed thousands of cataract surgeries with excellent results. Dr. Levine is a high volume surgeon because of his skill and reputation. This surgery is one of the safest and most common surgeries performed in the United States of America.

The surgical procedure for cataracts involves removing the lens of the eye and replacing it with an artificial lens. Advancements in this surgical procedure now make it possible for it to be performed as an outpatient procedure without a patch. Dr. Levine performs his cataract surgery under topical anesthesia, which is safer and requires no patching. Dr. Levine is one of a few surgeons now performing microincisional and laser cataract surgery.

Dr. Levine is proud to offer TECNIS® lens implants, which not only correct cataracts, but also help restore full vision. Dr. Levine also offers the ReSTOR® implant, Crytalens®, or Toric® Multifocal Lens for selected patients to decrease the need for glasses or treat astigmatism. Dr. Levine will discuss your options if cataract surgery is being considered.

If you are having symptoms of cataracts, please feel free to call Dr. Levine's office to schedule an appointment for a complete evaluation. If cataracts are the cause of your loss of vision, you can feel comfortable in Dr. Levine's hands!

Dr. Levine performing another perfect cataract surgery.

What Are Cataracts?

A cataract is a painless, cloudy area in the lens of the eye that blocks the passage of light to the retina, which causes vision impairment. Cataracts sometimes remain small and may not be noticeable. They may not effect vision seriously and some cataracts do not need to be removed. However, many cataracts grow larger or more dense over time, often causing severe vision changes.

Globally, cataracts are the leading cause of blindness, affecting 18 million people. Cataracts are even more significant as a cause of low vision, affecting 62 million worldwide.


What Are the Symptoms of Cataracts?

Not all cataracts impair vision or affect daily living. But when they do, common symptoms include:

Cloudy, fuzzy, foggy or filmy vision

Glare from lamps or the sun, which may be severe

Difficulty driving at night due to glare from headlights

Frequent changes in eyeglass prescription

Double vision

Second sight – temporary improvement in near vision (such as that needed for reading) in farsighted people

Difficulty performing daily activities because of vision problems


What Causes Cataracts?

Aging and exposure to ultraviolet radiation can cause cataracts. People may also experience cataracts after an eye injury, as a result of eye disease, after the use of certain medications, or as a result of medical conditions such as diabetes.

Genetics may be another risk factor for developing cataracts. People with a family history are more likely to develop them. The color of your eye may also contribute to the development of cataracts. People with darker-colored irises appear to have an increased risk of developing them.


How to Avoid Cataracts

Have your vision checked regularly for early detection

Wear sunglasses with 100 percent UV protection

Don't smoke

Wear protective eye gear, when active, to avoid eye trauma


How Are Cataracts Treated?

Cataracts are usually treated with surgery if vision problems are interfering with quality of life. Cataract surgery is very common and currently has the highest success rate of any surgical procedure. It involves removing the natural lens of the eye, which contains the cataract. The lens is then usually replaced with an artificial lens called an intraocular lens (IOL) implant.