What Causes Cataracts?

Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness, with various symptoms and experiences. As a result, patients have different reasons for their treatment. At Vold Vision, we can customize your experience with lenses to fit your needs with the newest revolutionary technology. 

What are Cataracts?

Cataracts are areas of clouding in the eye’s lens caused by the breakdown of proteins and fibers. It is most common in older patients. Early stages have little to no symptoms, but patients may eventually notice blurred vision, decreased night vision, light sensitivity, halos around lights, double vision, faded colors, or frequent changes in glasses or contact lens prescription.

Three of the most common types of cataracts are subcapsular, nuclear, and cortical. Subcapsular cataracts form at the back of the lens. It reduces vision in bright lights, causes halos around lights, and interferes with reading vision. Nuclear cataracts cause nearsightedness and gradually turn more densely yellow to brown. Cortical cataracts start with streaks on the edge of the lens that slowly progress toward the center.

Some patients do not require immediate treatment, but surgery is a safe and effective method to treat cataracts. 

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What Causes Cataracts?

Several factors may cause cataracts. Some of the primary causes of cataracts are:

  • Age
  • Eye injuries
  • Genetic disorders
  • Certain eye conditions
  • Prior eye surgeries
  • Medical conditions such as uncontrolled diabetes
  • Long-term use of steroid medications

The most common cause is age, as the proteins and fibers break down naturally and sometimes clump together on the lens. 

How Can I Treat Cataracts?

Cataracts are easily treated through surgery. At Vold Vision, we offer standard and laser surgery to remove the cataract. After successfully removing the clouded lens, Dr. Vold replaces it with a clear intraocular lens (IOL). IOLs offered at Vold Vision include Panoptix Lens, Vivity Lens, Light Adjustable Lens, Distance Lens, and Distance Plus Lens. 

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We’d love to help you get all the information you need in order to make the best choice for your eyes. Request a consultation today! Our staff is available and happy to answer your every question.

How Long is Recovery from Cataract Surgery?

Most patients require one to two days of recovery before returning to their daily activities. Dr. Vold will discuss medications, eye care, and follow-up appointments before surgery. We recommend planning for a trusted friend or family member to give you a ride, as you cannot drive for 24 hours after surgery. During recovery, avoid bending over and rubbing or putting pressure on your eyes. 

Should I Recieve Treatment for Cataracts?

Anyone suffering from cataracts is a good candidate for treatment. Patients must have vision of 20/40 or worse before qualifying for surgery, and the best candidates have cataracts interfering with their daily activities.

During your consultation, an experienced optical technician will assess your eyes to determine eligibility for surgery. 

Staff was very professional and polite waiting rooms very clean they have a coffee station large screen TVs chairs are like theater chairs surgical waiting room is extremely relaxing and comfortable doctors and nurses in surgery we’re outstanding I had one eye done on Tuesday and I’m going next Tuesday to have the other I done my cataracts are being removed the difference in Vision thanks to Vold is amazing I would highly recommend vold vision for all your eye needs
skippys D.

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You’ll benefit not only from the latest technologies available but also from our compassionate, personal approach. You’re more than a patient at Vold Vision in Bentonville and Fayetteville. We strive to make you as comfortable as possible while evaluating the optimal treatment plan just for you. We invite Fayetteville, Rogers, Bentonville, and Springdale residents to contact us today for a consultation at (479) 442-8653. 

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