Cataracts can be treated very successfully by surgical removal followed by artificial lens implantation, resulting in a return to healthy, unobstructed vision.
Read more about cataracts and their treatment below, or contact us today to inquire about treatment options.
What are Cataracts?
A cataract is a clouding or darkening that develops in the normally clear lens of the eye. This prevents the lens from properly focusing light on the retina (the back of the eye) resulting in a loss of vision. It is not a film that grows over the surface of the eye.
No one is exactly sure what causes a cataract but it is known that chemical changes within the lens cause it to become cloudy. This is often thought of as part of the natural aging process, but it may also result from the use of certain medications, heredity, injury, disease or excessive exposure to ultraviolet or infrared light.
Cataracts are most often found in persons over age 55, but are also occasionally found in younger persons, even newborns. Cataracts usually develop in both eyes but often at different rates. Some cataracts develop slowly over a period of years and others form rapidly within a few months.
How We Can Help
Cataracts can be treated very successfully by surgical removal followed by artificial lens implantation. The procedure is done on an outpatient basis, meaning you don’t have to spend any time in the hospital following the treatment, and is usually done in under an hour.
Before the Procedure
A week or so before your surgery, your doctor performs a painless ultrasound test to measure the size and shape of your eye. This helps determine the right type of lens implant (intraocular lens, or IOL).
Nearly everyone who has cataract surgery will be given IOLs. These lenses improve your vision by focusing light on the back of your eye. You won’t be able to see or feel the lens, as it becomes a permanent part of your eye.
A variety of IOLs with different features are available. Before surgery, you and your eye doctor will discuss which type of IOL might work best for you and your lifestyle. Cost may also be a factor, as insurance companies may not pay for all types of lenses.
After the Procedure
Following the procedure, your vision will begin to improve within a few days. At first, your vision may be blurry, and colors may seem brighter because you are looking through a new, clear lens.
Mild discomfort or itching can follow the surgery, but will disappear within a couple of days. Most procedures will be fully healed within eight weeks.