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A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s lens, which is normally clear. While some cataracts may be related to trauma, systemic disease, or some medications, the vast majority of cataracts are due to the natural aging process. At first, a cataract may cause only slight blurring of vision, which may be improved simply by changing your eyeglass prescription. No medications, eye drops, or eye exercises can make them disappear or stop forming. When you can no longer see well enough to do the things you like/need to do (ie driving, reading, etc), cataract surgery should be considered.

Cataract surgery is the most common surgical procedure performed in the United States. In cataract surgery, a small cut is made into the eye and the natural, cloudy lens is removed and replaced by a permanent intraocular lens (IOL). The standard lens that most patients receive is a traditional monofocal IOL that allows you to see best one distance – either far away or up close. Usually, the patient’s post-operative vision is optimized for distance, but the patient will then need glasses for up close. A traditional monofocal IOL also does not correct for astigmatism. Some newer “premium” IOL’s can help a bit more with astigmatism or near work. Discuss with your ophthalmologist at Southern Shores Eye Center which choice is right for you.