woman getting an eye exam

Cataracts and Trauma: What’s the Connection?

The human eye works like a camera. Inside of the eye, there is a colored membrane called the iris whose tiny muscles change the size of the pupil to control the amount of light getting into the eye, like the aperture of a camera. Behind the pupil is the lens, which, like a camera, focuses on objects and people that are either nearby or at a distance. As a person ages these lenses may become cloudy. The cloudy or blurry spots are called cataracts.

At first, a cataract may be small and unnoticeable. Over time, a cataract can grow larger, blocking more of the lens and distorting vision. If left untreated, cataracts can cause impairment or continual loss of vision, eventually leading to total blindness. Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss in the United States among adults over the age of 55. In fact, according to the National Eye Institute, more than half of all Americans age 80 or older either have cataracts or have had surgery to get rid of cataracts.

Many cataracts do not necessarily need to be removed, however, they may interfere with a doctor’s treatment of other issues, such as age-related macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy. Sometimes, cataracts can progress to a point that a person can no longer safely perform their job or drive an automobile. Cataracts may interfere with other daily activities such as reading, cooking, and walking. When cataracts become this severe, an ophthalmologist may perform cataract surgery.

There are a few types of cataract surgery, but they all ultimately remove the biological lens in your eye, which has become damaged, and replace it with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). Types of cataract surgery include: small-incision cataract surgery, extracapsular surgery, and all-laser surgery.

There are side effects associated with cataract surgery, as there are for any surgical procedure. For example, there are some risks of inflammation, dislocation of the artificial lens, retinal detachment, or loss of vision. These side effects are rare, complications are greater if a person has another eye disease or serious medical condition.

Recovery time after surgery may be several weeks, up to a few months. The estimated recovery time is about eight weeks, but if you have additional complications, this process may take longer. As the eye heals, vision adjusts and becomes less blurry. Colors may be brighter since the patient is now looking through a new, clear lens.

Cataracts may also be the result of trauma. When a person sustains an eye injury, cataracts may develop immediately, or in some cases, months to years later. Injuries may occur when an object with extreme force collides with a face, if a sharp object pierces the eye, or if a chemical substance penetrates the eye.

If you or someone you know, has suffered from trauma-induced cataracts or wishes to talk to someone about eligibility for Social Security disability due to cataracts, contact Metzger Wickersham. Call us at (888)-286-2850 or email us to schedule your free consultation today.

    Kept me up to date on everything

    “They kept me up to date on everything that was goin on with my case. Answered all my questions.”

    - Lori D.
    Helps you to the fullest

    “Very courtesy and understanding and helps you to the fullest therefore you anytime of the day to talk to you and answer your questions and I will use them again.”

    - Cindy R.
    Thank you Zack Campbell!

    “Very happy with our experience would highly recommend them Thank you Zack Campbell”

    - Diana B.
    Had a great experience with these awesome people

    “Had a great experience with these awesome people. Their job was done promoting well and they got me way more than I could have imagined. I would Highly recommend.”

    - Michael C.
    Great Attorneys!

    “Great Attorneys”

    - David S.
    Always courteous and kept me informed and up to date on the whole process

    “My experience with M&W was made very painless by [Attorney] Lori & [Paralegal] Judy from the Hbg office!”

    - Kenneth W.
    I would recommend these people to anyone.

    “The lawyers at this office and their staff, Mr. [Attorney] DeVere and [Paralegal] Stephanie, his assistant, became the voice I didn’t have after the accident. They were my points of light.”

    - Ms. D. Lopez
    I would recommend Metzger Wickersham to everyone.

    “You guys were so easy to work with. There was no stress and the whole process was done in a timely manner. I would recommend Metzger Wickersham to everyone. Such a pleasure.”

    - Sharon B.
    You guys are absolutely amazing and that’s an understatement.

    “Attorney Painter was simply amazing...My wife had been fighting SSI for over three years. Since working with Metzger Wickersham her stress and anxiety levels were 100% gone.”

    - Carlos B.
    Outstanding in every way

    “Outstanding in every way no one has ever helped me more in my entire life like this firm. I highly recommend. Thank you very much.”

    - Gary K.

Let Us Fight For You

Request a Free Consultation
  • Please enter your first name.
  • Please enter your last name.
  • Please enter your phone number.
    This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please enter your email address.
    This isn't a valid email address.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message.