Cataract Surgery Specialist

Rothchild Eye Institute

Ophthalmologists located in Delray Beach, FL

At least 24 million Americans suffer from the impaired vision caused by cataracts. Eric J. Rothchild, MD, and his team at Rothchild Eye Institute provide premium cataract surgery at their on-site surgery center, which services the communities of Boca Raton, Delray Beach, and Boynton Beach, Florida. They’re proud to offer premium lenses to restore your vision and protect your eye health. For an expert consultation, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Cataract Surgery Q & A

What are cataracts?

What are cataracts?

Cataracts are a common eye condition related to the lens of the eye, causing cloudiness and blurry vision. Though cataracts generally affect both eyes at once, one eye often worsens at a faster rate than the other.

The lens is behind the colored part of your eye and is responsible for producing sharper, clear images. A cataract forms when the lens thickens, usually due to age, and becomes less flexible and transparent.

These lens changes cause the tissues to break down, build upon the surface of the lens, and prevent proper movement of light through the eye. This can lead to areas of the lens appearing foggy or cloudy initially. With time this progresses to significant visual impairment.

Cataracts usually develop slowly, and can initially be helped using corrective prescription eyeglasses. Over time cataracts may worsen and affect your eyesight significantly enough that you require cataract surgery.

What causes cataracts?

Advanced age is the leading cause of cataracts, with around 68% of Americans over the age of 80 suffering from impaired vision due to the condition.

Other causes of cataracts include:

  • Genetic disorders
  • Eye disorders
  • Previous eye injuries
  • Past eye surgeries
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Long-term steroid use
  • Excessive sunlight exposure
  • Chronic medical conditions, including diabetes

Smoking, obesity, and alcohol abuse can also place you at higher risk of developing cataracts.

What are the symptoms of cataracts?

With cataracts, you may not notice any vision changes in the early stages. As the cataract progresses, however, you may notice subtle changes over time.

Symptoms include:

  • Cloudy, dimmed, or blurry vision
  • Seeing halos around lights
  • Sensitivity to light or glare
  • Double vision, especially in one eye
  • Progressive worsening vision at night
  • Needing progressively more light to read

As cataracts worsen, they may impair your vision enough that surgery is necessary.

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What is cataract surgery?

Dr. Rothchild is considered a leading specialist in the field of premium cataract surgery and is experienced at multiple procedures to correct impaired vision due to cataracts.  During this eye surgery, your cloudy lens is removed and replaced with specialized, artificial premium intraocular lenses (IOLs).

The team at Rothchild Eye Institute is proud to offer Crystalens, phakic lenses, and toric lenses, which are all premium IOLs. These lenses help to correct astigmatism, nearsightedness (myopia), and farsightedness (hyperopia), in addition to correcting your cataracts. These specialized lenses leave your vision clearer and protect you from progressively impaired vision.

Rothchild Eye Institute has an on-site surgery center, and also provides the option to finance your surgery through CareCreditⓇ if needed.

For a consultation about your cataract symptoms and possible premium cataract surgery, call Rothchild Eye Institute or schedule an appointment online today.