Cataract Surgery in the Baby Boomer Generation
By Jeffrey Martin, MD
Published on April 23, 2010
A cataract is a clouding of the natural crystalline lens of the eye. Many people develop cataracts as they age. Dr. Jeffrey Martin, a board certified cataract surgeon, states that he rarely tells a patient when it is time for cataract surgery. In most cases, patients will report difficulty with quality of life, as well as symptoms such as glare and blurred vision. Cataract surgery is not necessary until the symptoms of cataracts hamper a patient's life style.
In Dr. Martin's Long Island eye care practice he finds that the baby boomer generation is less likely to tolerate the symptoms of cataracts compared to past generations. Baby boomers are generally ready to fix a problem when it arises, and they also want better results after cataract surgery. Dr. Martin finds that more baby boomers want premium intraocular lens technology. Intraocular implants like Crystalens, ReSTOR, ReZoom, and Tecnis Multifocal allow most cataract patients to see far and near without the use of glasses and contact lenses.
With baby boomers approaching the age in which cataracts begin to affect quality of life, Dr. Jeffrey Martin feels that eye care physicians have to be prepared with better explanations of risks and benefits of cataract surgery, and better options for vision rehabilitation. Dr. Martin has welcomed this challenge.