How is Cataract Surgery Done?
Cataracts are prevalent for many individuals, particularly those aged 65 and above. They occur when the lens of your eye becomes cloudy, making it challenging to see clearly. Fortunately, cataract surgery is a highly effective and permanent method of treating this condition. It replaces the clouded lenses with clear implants and restores clear vision.
What are Cataracts?
Cataracts are a common visual problem that affects millions of individuals. By age 75, more than 50% of Americans have cataracts. They arise when the eye’s lens becomes cloudy, resulting in blurred or foggy vision. The lens is typically transparent, allowing light to enter and focus on the retina at the back of the eye. However, as we age, proteins in the lens may clump together, blocking light or causing light to scatter, which results in dimmer or reduced vision.
Cataracts usually develop gradually over time, progressively decreasing your vision. You may notice difficulty reading, driving, or seeing in low-light situations. Colors may appear less vivid, and bright lights can cause glare. These symptoms can significantly impact your daily life and activities.
How is Cataract Surgery Done?
Cataract surgery is typically a 20-30 minute outpatient procedure, meaning you can go home the same day. It is conducted under local anesthesia. The surgery begins by making a small incision in the eye and employing ultrasound technology to break up the cataract. There are advanced technology options to make cataract surgery even more precise including using a laser to make small incisions instead of a blade and fragment the lens, this is called femtosecond laser assisted cataract surgery (FLACS). The fragmented lens is then meticulously removed by the surgeon.
Next, an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) that has been custom selected depending on the patient’s specific vision needs and lifestyle, is carefully inserted. There are advanced technologies available to ensure the correct prescription IOL is selected (Optiwave Refractive Analysis (ORA) system® ) and the IOL is in the proper position (Zeiss CALLISTO eye® and VERION® Digital Marker). Many types of IOLs are available including monofocal, multifocal, extended depth of focus, light adjustable, accommodating, and toric lenses. It is best to have a in depth discussion with your surgeon to determine which type of IOL is most suited for your eye condition and lifestyle. Once the chosen IOL is in the proper position, the incision is sealed, usually without the need for stitches. Following cataract surgery, a protective shield will be placed over the eye to prevent eye rubbing.
What Results Will I See With Cataract Surgery?
Cataract surgery is an extremely effective procedure that can yield significant improvements in vision for individuals with cataracts. Once the cloudy lens is removed and replaced with an optically clear IOL, many people experience an immediate improvement in their vision. Colors may appear more vibrant, and objects may seem sharper and better defined. Individuals often report an overall enhancement in visual quality, enabling them to engage in previously challenging activities, such as reading, driving, or enjoying hobbies.
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Am I a Good Candidate for Cataract Surgery?
Many factors play a role in determining whether you are a candidate for cataract surgery. One is the impact of your cataracts on your daily life. If your cataracts are causing significant vision problems and impairing your ability to carry out everyday activities, you may be a suitable candidate for surgery.
Another factor to consider is your overall eye health. Cataract surgery is generally safe; however, specific eye conditions or diseases may affect your eligibility for the procedure. Your eye care professional will assess your eye health and discuss potential risks or complications.
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