LIVING WITH CATARACTS

Be in­formed about your eyes and how to pro­tect them as you age

RSWLiving - - Special Section - BY JONATHAN M. FRANTZ, M. D., FACS

Many of us feel that our eye­sight is the most pre­cious of all of our senses. How beau­ti­ful is it to look into the eyes of a child, to see the sun­rise or sun­set in bril­liant color. Watch­ing plays, movies, TV or sim­ply read­ing a book are all things we value greatly. When a cataract de­vel­ops, it in­ter­feres with our abil­ity to en­joy th­ese things. Even more dev­as­tat­ing, vi­sion loss from cataracts or other causes can take away our in­de­pen­dence, mak­ing it im­pos­si­ble to drive to work, the gro­cery store, or to visit a friend or fam­ily mem­ber.

Cataracts are a ma­jor cause of pre­ventable blind­ness, and yet many peo­ple aren’t sure what a cataract is or how it is treated. As you age, the lenses in your eyes be­come cloudy, caus­ing blurry vi­sion, sen­si­tiv­ity, glares and rings of light known as halos—of­ten at night and while driv­ing. Surgery is the only way a cataract can be re­moved. How­ever, if symptoms from a cataract are mild, a change of glasses may be all that is needed to func­tion more com­fort­ably for a while.

There are no med­i­ca­tions, eye drops, di­etary sup­ple­ments, ex­er­cises or op­ti­cal de­vices that have been shown to pre­vent or cure cataracts. Pro­tec­tion from ex­ces­sive sun­light may help pre­vent or slow the pro­gres­sion of cataracts. Sun­glasses that screen out ul­tra­vi­o­let (UV) light rays or regular eye­glasses with a clear, anti-UV coat­ing of­fer this pro­tec­tion.

Cataract surgery should be con­sid­ered when cataracts in­ter­fere with your abil­ity to live your de­sired life­style or per­form daily tasks. When surgery is needed, keep in mind that not all cataract sur­geons pos­sess the same skill, nor do they have the same suc­cess rate. Mod­ern tech­nol­ogy is crit­i­cal to suc­cess­ful

Cataract surgery should be con­sid­ered when cataracts in­ter­fere with your abil­ity to live your de­sired life­style or per­form daily tasks.

cataract surgery and to­day’s lasers have re­placed blades as the safest and pre­ferred method for cataract surgery.

When I in­tro­duced blade­less laser cataract surgery to South­west Florida in 2012, it was the big­gest ad­vance­ment in cataract surgery in more than 20 years. Many sur­geons con­tinue to per­form cataract surgery with the same old tech­niques and tech­nol­ogy they used 20 years ago. At Frantz Eye­Care we now have the ca­pa­bil­ity with skill­ful mi­cro­sur­gi­cal tech­niques, lasers, ad­vanced mea­sur­ing de­vices and the lat­est tech­nol­ogy in in­traoc­u­lar lenses to not just re­move a cataract, but to do it in such a way as to min­i­mize your need for glasses.

Eye­sight is truly a pre­cious com­mod­ity and there are more sun­sets, and a life full of beau­ti­ful pic­tures and mem­o­ries wait­ing. So, if you have been di­ag­nosed or think you may have cataracts, call Frantz Eye­Care for a cataract eval­u­a­tion to learn about the dif­fer­ence be­tween tra­di­tional cataract surgery and blade­less laser cataract surgery, as well as the var­i­ous in­traoc­u­lar lens op­tions that are avail­able to you. In­for­ma­tive seminars held through­out the year are listed on our web­site: bet­ter­vi­sion.net. You can sched­ule your ap­point­ment on­line or call our main of­fice in Fort My­ers at 239-418-0999.

Jonathan M. Frantz, M.D., FACS, is named in The Guide to Amer­ica’s Top Oph­thal­mol­o­gists. He and his team of doc­tors at Frantz Eye­Care of­fer a broad spec­trum of pa­tient-fo­cused com­pre­hen­sive care, from eye ex­ams and eye­wear to blade­less laser cataract re­moval, treat­ment of eye dis­eases, blade­less WaveLight LASIK laser vi­sion cor­rec­tion, and eye­lid surgery. Of­fices are lo­cated in Fort My­ers, Cape Coral, Punta Gorda, Le­high Acres and Naples.

When I in­tro­duced blade­less laser cataract surgery to South­west Florida in 2012, it was the big­gest ad­vance­ment in cataract surgery in more than 20 years.

Dr. Jonathan Frantz

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