A cataract is a very common eye condition, typically caused by the natural aging process. To fully understand the effects of cataracts, it’s best to think of your eye as a camera. It has a lens located directly behind your pupil, which focuses light onto the retina. There, images are collected and then transmitted to the brain.
When you’re using your real camera, you sometimes accidentally smudge your lens with your fingerprints or dirt. As a result, your photographs come out cloudy or totally blurry. A cataract in your eye is exactly like your fingerprints on your camera lens. By definition, a cataract is actually a clouding of the lens of the eye, which will blur and distort images transmitted to the brain. When cataract development is sufficient to blur that image, it is necessary to remove the clouded lens in order to make your vision clear again.
The word “cataract” comes from the Greek word "kataraktes," which means something that comes “rushing or swooping down.” This refers to the developing cloudiness and spreads across the lens of the eye, which further deteriorates your vision as its spread progresses.
There are multiple potential root causes of cataracts, but most often they are simply part of the normal aging process. It is actually estimated that by age 73, more than half of Americans will form cataracts or will have already had restorative surgery. Unfortunately, there are no specific preventative measures for this condition. Therefore, it is important that you consult with us as soon as you see any signs or symptoms of cataracts. Cataract surgery is very common and minimally invasive, restoring your sight with only a minor recovery period. Our staff at Better Vision New Jersey is expertly skilled in cataract surgery, and consistently uses the newest available technology to improve the vision, health, and lives of our patients.
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I had cataracts and after Dr. Calderone operated on my eyes, my vision is now 20/20. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful. It’s a tremendously well-equipped practice in terms of the technology that’s used to take care of your eyes and the technical staff is also superb.
I have been a patient of Dr. Calderone’s for more than I can remember and I have always found the physicians and entire staff to be professional, caring and thorough in everything they do. All the physicians spend quality time with each patient to hear about their concerns or answer questions. I personally would highly recommend him to family and friends.
I had originally gone to the practice for floaters in my eye and discovered that I had cataracts. I found everyone at Better Vision New Jersey—from the physicians to the staff—to be extremely kind and caring. I was very impressed with the quality of care I received and how well they not only treated me, but also my husband. Their facilities are state-of-the-art and they are absolute experts in their field.
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