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Cataract Correction

Lens Selection in Cataract Surgery

So you note symptoms of decreased vision and glare. Your ophthalmologist determines cataract surgery is required to improve your visual function. What additional information do you require to make an informed decision about your cataract surgery? As our Hamilton eye doctors can attest, cataract surgery has improved drastically over the past 3 decades. Two advancements have been the vanguard of this revolution:  small incision surgery and the refinement of the intraocular lens (IOL). Cataracts can now be removed using incisions less than one-tenth of an inch across. Surgical microscopes, a vibrating needle to break up the lens (phacoemulsification), and foldable … Continue reading

When Is It Time for Cataract Surgery?

Cataracts develop gradually, and it can be difficult to know when cataract surgery is needed. Our eye doctors in Hamilton, Princeton, and other central New Jersey communities see men and women daily who wonder if it’s time to undergo surgery to improve their blurred vision. Cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss in people over age 40, and the condition currently affects more than 22 million Americans. And as our population grows older, more than 30 million Americans are expected to have cataracts by the year 2020. So, how do you know if you’re at risk? What are … Continue reading

Cataracts and Steroids: Exploring the Connection

Steroids are a broad, versatile group of drugs that effectively reduce inflammation anywhere from the lungs to the skin. If you have asthma, COPD, or even seasonal allergies, you may rely on inhaled or oral steroids to keep you feeling your best. But a recent study links steroids to the development of cataracts, and it’s something that we want our cataract surgery patients here in New Jersey to be aware of. What the Study Found The study followed more than 3,600 adults over the course of a decade. The study found that the risk of cataract development was significantly elevated … Continue reading

Study Confirms Flomax® Link to Cataract Complications

Cataract surgery is one of the safest and most effective procedures available today, thanks to advances in surgical techniques. But a new study confirms the findings of earlier research: Men using Flomax to treat symptoms caused by enlarged prostate are 2 times more likely to experience complications during and immediately after cataract surgery. About 3 out of 4 men are diagnosed with an enlarged prostate or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) by the time they reach age 70. Flomax is one of the most commonly prescribed medications used for treatment. Flomax works by relaxing the muscles in the prostate and the bladder. … Continue reading

Cataracts and Hormone Replacement Therapy Linked?

Most women approaching menopause begin thinking about hormone therapy to mitigate the most common symptoms that accompany “the change,” which can range from uncomfortable hot flashes to more serious conditions like osteoporosis. When women begin to look into hormone therapy, though, questions about the treatment’s potential risks emerge, which a clinical trial identified several years ago. Those health risks include heart disease, stroke, and even breast cancer. Our eye doctors in the Hamilton Township and Princeton, N.J. areas say you can add cataracts to that list. A study of more than 30,000 postmenopausal women in Sweden found that using hormone … Continue reading

3 Important Facts to Know About Cataracts

June is Cataract Awareness Month, an observance created by the American Academy of Ophthalmology to raise awareness of this important eye health issue. At Outlook Eyecare, we see this as an opportune time to educate you about this very common condition. Our eye doctors in Princeton treat patients from surrounding cities like Hamilton Township and other central New Jersey communities, but because it is such a widespread concern, we feel everyone can benefit from learning more about cataracts. Cataracts occur as we age and the eye’s natural lens thickens and becomes cloudy. They are the main cause of vision loss for men … Continue reading




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