Understanding Cataracts

A Natural Effect of Aging

The eye’s natural crystalline lens helps us focus on people and things at varying distances. Unfortunately, as we grow older this lens hardens, and without its youthful suppleness, loses its ability to focus, creating vision problems. This condition, a natural consequence of aging, is called presbyopia. Some people begin experiencing the early effects of presbyopia (such as gradual loss of near vision) in their mid-40s.

As we age, these changes occurring to the natural crystalline lens will lead to the development of cataracts. By age 65, a large percentage of us will develop a cataract, most often typified by cloudy/fuzzy vision. With a cataract you may have difficulty seeing in extremely bright light or low-light conditions.

Improving Your Vision

Developing a cataract doesn’t mean a permanent loss of vision quality, or having to give up the things you love, because cataract surgery is a safe, effective way to improve your vision. Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed surgery in the United States, with well over 2 million Americans having the procedure every year. Performed almost exclusively on an outpatient basis, cataract surgery is microsurgery, whereby the natural lens is removed and replaced with what is called an intraocular lens (IOL). The procedure is highly successful and most people regain very good distance vision, somewhere between 20/20 and 20/40.

Northern Plains Surgery Center
Northern Plains Surgery Center

Northern Plains Surgery Center

Dr. Bergstrom is proud to use NPSC as his primary surgical facility. Northern Plains Surgery Center is a Medicare certified facility, dedicated to providing world class eye care, close to home. NPSC was established in 1999 by Dr. Bergstrom and other local eye surgeons who felt there was a need to provide world class technology and treatments close to home. To date this facility has performed over 20,000 eye related procedures, including over 15,000 Cataract Surgeries, the leader by far in our region. Eye surgery costs are less than a hospital and the medicare assignment amounts fully cover surgeries. The care you will receive at NPSC is second to none with literally thousands of satisfied patients who are thrilled about their experiences and surgical outcomes.

The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery

The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery is an international, educational society with more than 9,000 members. Its mission is to advance the art and science of ophthalmic surgery and the knowledge and skills of ophthalmic surgeons by providing clinical and practice management education and by working with patients, government, and the medical community to promote the delivery and advancement of high-quality eye care.

Since its founding in 1974, ASCRS has led the field through significant advances in technology and clinical science through its educational programs, publications and on-line resources. ASCRS has become the surgeons’ primary source of up-to-date clinical information, published research, and regulatory information affecting the practice of medicine.

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