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Cataract diagnosis is usually not a very difficult problem, but it can be challenging in areas where access to a doctor isn't easy. This is true in rural areas of the United States, and in lesser developed countries.
CNN reported recently that smartphones may be the answer to this problem! A small device is attached to the phone, and the phone is held up to each eye individually. The software focuses beams of light into the eye, and the patient presses a button when the light appears faded. Next, the software analyzes the information, and provides a virtual map of the cataract in the patient's eye!
This information may be used to guide patients in their need for surgery, or to counsel them to avoid smoking or ultraviolet light. These are two of the biggest promoters of cataracts, and moderation can slow down the progression of cataracts.
Ultimately, cataract surgery is usually need
From time to time, Dr. Goldstein participate in health screening events at the local community centers. These events are very useful for patients, in that they help them to discover issues with their eye health that they may not be aware of. For instance, high pressure in the eye could indicate glaucoma, which is not detectable because it does not cause any symptoms for patients. Cataracts, on the other hand, can cause very mild reductions in vision, and the vision screening may indicate this if the patient has trouble reading the chart.
After the screening, if cataracts or glaucoma are possible, then patients are advised to see an ophthalmologist for a full examination. A complete examination should be performed at that time, including dilation with eyedrops. In this way, early signs of disease can be detected to avoid vision damage. If cataract surgery is needed, Dr. Goldstein prefers to perform crystalens cataract surgery as an outpatient.
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