What are cataracts ?

A cataract is a cloudy or opaque area in the normally transparent lens of the eye. Cataracts cause a progressive loss of vision because they prevent light from being properly focused on the retina. Cataracts do not spread from one eye to the other, but may develop in both eyes at the same time. Symptoms include hazy or blurred vision, sensitivity to bright lights and glare, distorted or double vision, and difficulty seeing at night.

Who is at risk ?

All men and women are at risk, because cataracts are a normal part of the aging process. In fact, cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss among adults age 55 and older. About half of adults age 65 to 74 have cataracts, and about 70 percent of those age 75 and over have the condition.

Other factors can put people of any age at risk for cataracts, including eye injury, excessive sunlight, toxic chemicals, or medications.

What are the treatments?

When cataracts first form, a stronger eyeglass prescription, magnifying lenses or better lighting may help improve your vision. However, surgery is the only way to remove cataracts when your vision becomes significantly impaired. Cataract surgery is a relatively simple outpatient procedure. A small incision is made to remove the cloudy natural lens, and a clear, acrylic or silicone intraocular lens (IOL) is implanted in its place to restore your vision.

A clear, new option

Because the quality and effectiveness of the intraocular lens is critical to restoring your vision after cataract surgery, Medennium has developed the unique Matrix Acrylic® IOL. This foldable, hydrophobic lens requires only a small incision to replace the natural crystalline lens. It offers all the advantages of comparable acrylic IOLs, with none of the compromises.

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