We want our patients to have as many options as possible when it comes to their vision. While LASIK is not typically used to correct presbyopia or age-related reading-vision in patients, there are additional options such as monovision and exciting advances in reading-vision treatments. Our doctors and staff will discuss which of these procedures may be best suited for your vision, lifestyle and activities.
At Berkeley Eye Center, exciting breakthroughs in cataract removal and lens implantation are allowing cataract patients to once again enjoy the vision of their youth. Patients undergoing cataract surgery at Berkeley Eye Center today have many options to consider that can dramatically affect their vision after the procedure. If your deductible is met, now is an affordable, cost-savings time for your procedure too!
We utilize state-of-the-art labs and the latest lens technology to offer our patients the highest quality eyewear available. We also accept nearly every vision plan, and our experienced opticians will help you maximize your insurance benefits and discounts.
What are Cataracts?
Cataracts are a natural part of the aging process of the eye. Over fifty percent of people over the age of 60 (and quite a few younger than that) suffer from cataracts. Almost everyone develops cataracts as they grow older. Cataract formations occur at different rates and can affect one or both eyes.
A cataract is a progressive clouding of the eye’s natural lens. It interferes with light passing through the eye to the retina. Aging and other factors cause proteins in the eye’s lens to clump together forming these cloudy areas. Early changes may not disturb vision, but over time cataracts typically result in blurred or fuzzy vision and sensitivity to light, which makes activities like night driving and reading more difficult. People with progressed cataracts often say they feel as if they’re looking through a waterfall or a piece of wax paper.
Symptoms of Cataracts
- Decreasing vision with age
- Blurred or double vision
- Seeing halos around bright lights
- Difficulty seeing at night
- Vision that worsens in sunlight
- Difficulty distinguishing colors
- Poor depth perception
- Frequent prescription changes for glasses
- Difficulty reading
Causes of Cataracts
- Eye trauma
- Some medications including long-term use of oral steroids
- Ultraviolet radiation
- Certain metabolic conditions