What are Cataracts

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Cataract Surgery and Lens Implants

Understanding Cataracts:
A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s naturally clear lens. Your eye becomes like a window that is frosted or yellowed. As a result, light inside the eye is scattered before it can focus on the retina, and vision becomes blurry or dark. Some people begin experiencing the early effects of cataracts (such as a gradual loss of near vision) in their mid-40s. By age 65, a large percentage of us will develop a cataract, most often typified by cloudy/fuzzy vision and problems seeing in low-light environments.


Developing a cataract doesn’t mean a permanent loss of vision quality, or having to give up the things you love, because cataract surgery is a safe, effective way to improve your vision. Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed surgery in the United States, with well Performed almost exclusively on an outpatient basis, cataract surgery is microsurgery, whereby the natural lens is removed and replaced with what is called an intraocular lens (IOL). The procedure is extremely successful and Dr. Crews is a highly skilled cataract surgeon who has helped thousands of patients with cataracts to regain their best vision in the Pacific Northwest including Vancouver, WA and Portland & Central Oregon.

When is cataract surgery needed?
Surgery to remove cataracts is indicated when blurred vision interferes with enjoyment of activities that are important to you. Cataract surgery may be needed if you have trouble reading, enjoying hobbies, reading street signs, or driving because of blurred vision or glare from headlights.