Correcting Cataracts through Surgical Procedures
Everyone will develop a cataract if they live long enough. That can be a scary thought for some. In fact, right now, in the United States, more than 50% of people over 60 years old suffer from cataracts. There are surgical treatments that can correct them, but it is first important to understand the root causes to know how to react.
What is a Cataract?
A cataract is a gradual but progressive clouding of the eye’s natural lens, which prevents light from passing through to the retina. People suffering from cataracts describe it like looking through water or wax paper. With cataracts, there is generally a blurring or dimming of vision, overall.
There are several symptoms of cataracts that are easily seen early on. These include:
- Difficulty reading up close or seeing the road during a drive
- Bothersome glare
- Halos around light sources
- Slight double vision
- An increase in prescription glasses necessity
Will I need Cataract Surgery?
If the symptoms of cataracts present themselves strongly, and interfere with your quality of life, surgery is recommended to correct it. With almost 1 million cataract surgeries performed in the US every year, new technologies allow our patients to head home and rest in the comfort of their own homes without the need to stay overnight in an expensive hospital.
After your consultation with our eye doctor, the cataract surgical procedure is fairly simple, out-patient, and takes only a few minutes. The process includes painlessly removing the cataract on your eye through a process called phacoemulsification. Undergoing this process, our eye doctor will make a small incision in your sclera (the white part of your eye) or in the clear cornea. The cataract is then broken up into microscopic particles using sound waves and then suctioned from the eye.
To replace the natural lens that was removed, a synthetic intra-ocular lens (IOL) is implanted into the capsular bag. It is held there by the natural outward pressure of the eye itself. Almost all cases of this surgery show a very high success rate, and allow you to return to normal work and play shortly after completion.
Is there a Way to Prevent Cataracts?
Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent cataracts from forming. Seeing us, your trusted eye doctors, regularly will ensure there are no cataract growths on your eye. You should also learn all you can about the surgical procedure if necessary for recovery and preparation purposes.