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Drs. Fine, Hoffman & Sims Opthalmologists in Eugene Oregon

Cataracts

Symptoms of Cataracts
Clouding of the eye's natural lens, sensitivity to excessive light, difficulty reading, loss of color perception, loss of depth perception, night blindness, and suddenly being able to read without your glasses.


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Cataracts

Causes
Cataracts occur when the protein in the lens, which is usually arranged in a precise way that keeps the lens clear and allows light through, starts clumping together to cloud a small area of the lens. This is the start or beginning of a cataract, and over time, it may grow larger and cloud more of the lens, making it harder to see.

Treatment Available
Cataracts can be corrected with the following:

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Commonly Asked Questions:
Are you one of the millions of men who take Flomax?
If so, you should make sure to alert your eye physician. Flomax has been associated with extra difficulty during cataract surgery and requires extra preparation to ensure a good outcome. Tell your doctor if you take Flomax.

What will help?
When symptoms begin to appear, you may be able to improve your vision for a while using new glasses, strong bifocals, magnification, appropriate lighting or other visual aids.

Think about surgery when your cataracts have progressed enough to seriously impair your vision and affect your daily life.

What is an Intraocular Lens Implant?
It is a plastic replacement for the lens of the eye.

Am I a good candidate for an Intraocular Lens Implant?
If your symptoms are impairing your vision and affecting your daily life, it might be time to talk to your eye care professional. Make an appointment here.

How soon after surgery will I see well?
If you have an intraocular lens (IOL) implanted during surgery, normal vision should be restored within a few weeks.