Published on February 01, 2019

Focus on Your Eyes

Cataracts is the leading cause of blindness in the world and one of the most common surgeries performed.

Have you noticed a recent gradual decrease in your driving vision or ability to read comfortably? The cause may be a clouding of the lens in the eye called cataract.

This year, 3.6 million cataract procedures will be performed in the United States. It is among the most common operations done in the country.

Cataracts cause a gradual blurring of vision which may interfere with your ability to do everyday tasks such as driving and reading. Surgery for cataracts is done on an outpatient basis under local sedation and only takes 30 to 45 minutes on average to complete.

Surgery is performed by ophthalmologists – doctors specializing in eye health and eye diseases – and done in either a hospital or outpatient surgical center. Cataract surgery can often decrease the need for wearing glasses, and also can help control glaucoma for those who have that condition as well. Risks are minimal but your eye surgeon will discuss everything you need to know and answer your questions before surgery.

MaineGeneral Eye Center is dedicated to your total eye health and, when needed, cataracts and other eye surgery. Your vision is important to us.

Learn more about our services by visiting the MaineGeneral Eye Center page.

You can also call MaineGeneral Eye Center at 207-872-9564.