Restore Your Clear Vision with Cataract Surgery
Your eyes can make many different changes as you grow older, but one of the most common can affect your eye’s lens: cataracts. Cataracts can change your lens prescription or, in severe cases, lead to blindness. In fact, cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss in the United States.
Cataract surgery is the only way to effectively remove cataract lenses from your eyes and restore your clear vision. However, like any other ocular procedure, we first need to examine your eyes to determine if cataract surgery is right for you and your eyes.
If cataracts are leaving your vision cloudy or hazy, book a cataract surgery consultation at Family EyeCare Center Optometry today!
What Are Cataracts?
Cataracts are a common eye condition that generally develops as a natural result of aging. As you grow older, proteins and fibers on your eye’s lens may begin to break down and make your lens more rigid. As your lens becomes less flexible, it may develop a hazy, cloudy, milky, or yellowish appearance that obstructs your vision.
There are several types of cataracts, including:
- Nuclear cataracts, which affect the center of your lens
- Cortical cataracts, which affect the edges of your lens
- Posterior subcapsular cataracts, which affect the back of your lens
- Congenital cataracts, which develop before you’re born or during childhood
Contact lenses or eyeglasses can correct early visual problems caused by cataracts, but severe cases may lead to blindness. The only way to remove cataracts is through surgery, which replaces the cataract lens with an artificial intraocular lens.
The Cataract Surgery Process
Before recommending any ocular surgery, our team needs to examine your eyes to ensure they’re healthy enough for the procedure.
Cataract surgery is very similar to another laser eye surgery called a refractive lens exchange (RLE). However, the difference is that RLE surgery removes and replaces a clear lens, while cataract surgery removes a cataract lens.
Before the procedure, we’ll perform a comprehensive eye exam to determine if your eyes are healthy enough for surgery. While most people can have cataract surgery safely, certain conditions may affect your candidacy, including:
Once we ensure cataract surgery is right for you, we’ll refer you to a surgeon to perform the procedure.
During cataract surgery, your surgeon will place numbing drops on your eyes to help manage any discomfort you might experience. However, you may still feel a little pressure.
Your surgeon will then make a small incision in your eye to get access to your cataract lens, located right behind your iris. Your surgeon may extract the lens whole, or they might break up the lens with an ultrasound probe before removing it.
Your surgeon will then replace your cataract lens with an artificial intraocular lens, providing you with clear, unclouded vision.
The Co-Management Process
We’ll book a series of follow-up appointments to monitor your recovery and manage any side effects you might experience following your surgery. Side effects are quite normal after cataract surgery, including:
- Dry eyes
- Glare and halos
- Light sensitivity
- Blurry vision
- Eye discomfort
However, these issues should subside after a little while.
One of the most common side effects is a condition called posterior capsule opacification (PCO). During cataract surgery, your surgeon leaves a thin membrane around your lens, called a lens capsule, intact. However, the front part of this capsule may start to cloud after your surgery (PCO), leaving some patients to believe they still have cataracts.
PCO is pretty uncommon to experience, but another procedure called YAG laser capsulotomy can correct this issue and restore clear eyesight.
Book Your Consultation Today
Find the clear vision you deserve and book your cataract surgery consultation today!
Our team will be happy to walk you through the process, answer your questions, and provide all the information you need to ensure you feel safe and comfortable with the procedure.
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