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What Causes Cataracts?

The eye functions much like a camera. Light rays enter the eye, passing through the cornea, the aqueous humor  -- transparent fluid in the front of the eye -- and then the pupil and into the lens. The lens bends the light rays to focus objects onto the retina lining the back of the eye. From there, the image passes through the retinal cells, into the optic nerve, and finally to the back of the brain which process the images.

Cataracts occur when there is a buildup of protein in the lens that makes it cloudy. This prevents light from passing clearly through the lens, causing some loss of vision. Since new lens cells form on the outside of the lens, all the older cells are compacted into the center of the lens resulting in the cataract.

Types of cataracts include:

  • Age-related cataracts. As the name suggests, this type of cataract develops as a result of aging.
  • Congenital cataracts. Babies are sometimes born with cataracts as a result of an infection, injury, or poor development before they were born, or they may develop during childhood.
  • Secondary cataracts. These develop as a result of other medical conditions, like diabetes, or exposure to toxic substances, certain drugs (such as corticosteroids or diuretics), ultraviolet light, or radiation.
  • Traumatic cataracts. These form after injury to the eye.

Other factors that can increase a person's risk of developing cataracts include cigarette smoke, air pollution, and heavy alcohol consumption.

 

What is presbyopia?

Presbyopia is the normal worsening of vision with age, especially near vision. As you approach middle age, the lenses in your eyes  begin to thicken and lose their flexibility. The ability of the lens to bend allows our eyes to focus on objects at varying distances. The loss of this ability means that vision gets worse and objects cannot be brought into focus. This typically becomes noticeable some time around age 40 when you realize that you have to hold a book or newspaper farther from your face to focus on it.

 

Presbyopia is a natural part of aging. As you grow older, the lenses in your eyes thicken. They lose their elasticity, and the muscles surrounding the lenses weaken. Both these changes decrease your ability to focus, especially on near objects. The changes take place gradually, though it may seem that this loss of accommodation occurs quickly.

 

(Source - WebMD)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

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Words are not enough to express the kindness and care I received from Dr. Bernard Perez. I am an RN, Health coach who works in the hospital. And I had asked the physicians I work with who they use for their optimal vision. They told me "go to the Perez brothers ". I am grateful for this recommendation to this day.
Dr. Bernard Perez has examined my eyes to fit me with the best lens in contacts. This has benefited me to see far and near as an RN and figure skater.
Time was never a factor in his examination room as he educated me and exchanged glances to try to find the optimal power for my eyes.
I am now post-op from intraocular lens placement surgery related to cataracts. Dr. Bernard Perez displayed the essence of loving kindness in my care. My mother has scheduled an appointment that she has witnessed his passion and kindness Dr. Bernard Perez is a devoted physician and a healer who puts the patients needs first.
He is an earth angel.
Thank you for taking such great care of me.

Geraldine

Copied from a hand written card from A 9 Year Old Patient

Dr. Perez,

I was blind in one eye until I met you. Now I can see everything. My wish for Christmas was 20-20 vision,
and I have it because of you.
Thank you so much!

Love,
Nathaniel

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Nathaniel

When a young patient heard that Dr. Ben was being treated for throat cancer she wrote him a letter...

Dear Dr. Ben

I’ll never forget the memorable night I experienced when A Frisbee hit my eyeball the night before Easter. When all other doctors refused to come in and see me when they heard about the incident, you did. Out of the kindness of your heart, you thought of me as one of your own children. There is not a day that goes by that I do not think about what you did for me you are my hero. Not just once did you save my eyesight, but you did on multiple occasions. Unfortunately, it’s your turn to be the patient as opposed to being the doctor. I have spent all of my life at the patient and you have inspired me to become a Doctor in the near future. As an experienced patient, know the doctors want to help you and keep a positive mind. It may seem that the doctors are putting you through the worst treatment possible, but they want to help. You will get better just give it time.

You are a very important person to me and when Dr. Don told me what was going on I was upset. I do not understand why God puts people with special hearts through such difficult times. My hypothesis is that he knows you have enough power and strength to overcome the high level of adversity. You are a wonderful Doctor with a great soul and the obstacles you go through for your patients are very generous. Your magical hands have saved hundreds. I know God has sent a special Doctor out there for you and you will be ok. You were my special Doctor that God made sure I had when I was in need, or in their words, my guardian angel. You are constantly in my thoughts and prayers. With each passing treatment, know that you are getting closer to a full recovery, and back to your office to check on my eyes!
All my Love,
Katie

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