Cataract Treatment

What is a cataract?

A cataract is the clouding effect on a person’s natural eye lens. These natural lenses work much like a camera, making it possible for us to focus on objects and process what we’re seeing. When cataracts form, the eye’s ability to focus on the objects before them decreases.

Is surgery necessary?

Surgery is only recommended if your cataract(s) is presenting problems with daily activities such as reading or driving. Learn more about cataract surgery at Delaware Eye Care Center.

Find out if you’re a candidate, take our Cataract Surgery Self-Test

Do I have cataracts?

If you answer “Yes” to any of these questions, you may be showing early signs of cataracts, or have a cataract already. Schedule a consultation
  • Is your vision blurry?
  • Are you experiencing poor night vision or double vision?
  • Are colors distorted or less vibrant?
  • Are your eyes increasingly sensitive to light?

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I at greater risk of developing a cataract?
No one is immune to cataracts. However, there are certain groups that are at an increased risk of developing cataracts and needing surgery. This includes, but is not limited to:
  • Smokers
  • Individuals with diabetes
  • Individuals who participate in steroid use
  • Individuals who have experienced trauma to the eye
Is age the only thing that can cause cataracts?
No. Cataracts can also form due to factors such as:
  • Eye injury
  • Existing eye disease
  • Use of certain medications
  • Other health problems (e.g. diabetes)
How do I know if I have a cataract?
A typical indicator of cataract development is the introduction of “night halos” or glares in vision.

However, the best way to determine if you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms as the result of a cataract is to come in for an examination.
What are symptoms of cataracts?
  • Blurred vision
  • Light sensitivity
  • Double vision in one eye
  • Poor night vision
  • Glare
  • Color distortion
What does cataract surgery entail?
During cataract surgery, a surgeon removes the clouded lens and replaces it with a clear standard or premium lens.

Modern ultrasound technology and ocular advancements have made it possible in recent years to perform surgery with smaller incisions, resulting in shorter recovery window.
To learn more about cataract surgery, visit our procedure page.
Is surgery the only way to treat cataracts?
Not necessarily. Surgery is recommended when cataract disrupts daily activities (e.g. reading or driving) however there are a number of things that can be done to manage cataract-related vision problems such as eyeglasses or other vision aides.
How long does the initial consultation take?
We ask patients to allot approximately 90 minutes for general consultations and annual assessments.