Answering Today’s Top Cataract Surgery Questions
- Posted on: Feb 4 2013
Cataracts remain one of those most common eye conditions among older Americans. Despite the numbers, however, many patients still have questions as to what cataract treatment is really all about. In order to clear a few things up – and to help you understand your treatment options – we wanted to share a few of the most common questions and concerns we hear from our patients. Let’s take a moment to find out what cataract surgery can do for you.
Here is our list of Today’s Top Cataract Surgery Questions:
- Why do patients need cataract surgery in the first place? In a lot of ways, you can think of the lens of the eye like the lens of a camera. When we’re young, it’s clear and our vision is crisp. Over time, this lens can sometimes become cloudy and significantly affect a patient’s vision. To combat this, we rely on a procedure known as cataract surgery. During the treatment, we replace a patient’s cloudy lens with a clear artificial lens known as an IOL.
- What are some signs that I may need cataract surgery? When it comes to “red flags” to watch out for, the most common is described as “cloudy vision.” Other warning signs include tinted vision, poor night vision and glare from light sources.
- What is a cataract surgery procedure like? Cataract surgery is a minimally-invasive procedure, custom-tailored to each patient’s unique medical needs. During the treatment, we first numb the eye to ensure you are calm and comfortable throughout. After a tiny incision is made, we insert an ultrasonic probe that breaks up and suctions away the cloudy lens. A new artificial lens (IOL) is then passed through the same incision and precisely placed into position. Patients are then given specific aftercare instructions to aid them during the recovery process.
- Which IOL is right for me? With several IOLs on the market, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and inundated with choice. Rest assured that you don’t have to make that decision alone. Prior to your cataract surgery, we will help select the IOL that’s right for you, based on your unique medical needs.
- Am I a good candidate for cataract surgery? The best way to find out if you’re a good candidate for cataract surgery is to schedule an appointment with a Board Certified Ophthalmologist in your area. For patients in the Southern California area, we recommend you contact one of our three conveniently-located offices.
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