Clearing up the future of Cataracts

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Everybody will eventually develop a cataract if you live long enough.  Nationwide approximately 6 million patients per year that developed cataracts and have them removed.

Doctor John Witherell is an Opthamologist at Crozer-Keystone Surgery Center at Brinton Lake performs more than 850 cataract procedures each year.

A cataract is when your lens in your eye turns cloudy, we are all born with a clear lens but as we age it continues to cloud every year it becomes more like frosted glass...

Doctor Witherell says it eventually affects the vision to the point glasses won't help.

It's at that point the patient will have to undergo a procedure in which doctors will remove the cataract and place an implant inside the eye.

The femtosecond laser is the most revolutionary advance in cataract surgery that we've seen in the last 10 years. Up until about three years ago when we took cataracts out we had to use blades entirely to get into the eye however now we have lasers that create all these incisions for us it's far more precise in for more predictable and we are getting tremendous results from it.

So who is most susceptible to cataracts?

Cataracts typically start to become symptomatic and bothered patients usually around the age of 60 to 65 some patients really are not bothered by them until they're  80- 85

That's not to say people in their 20s or 30s can't get them; they can. Doctor Witherell says typically when patients are that young it's associated with some sort of trauma.