What You Need to Know about Cataract Surgery
- Posted on: Sep 23 2014
Cataracts are a slow forming, painless condition that can cause loss of vision and potentially, blindness. At first, cataracts may be treated with stronger glasses. However cataracts cannot heal on their own and will eventually require surgery. Cataract surgery is quick, safe, and can have a life-changing effect on patients.
A cataract is the term used to describe the clouding of the eye lens. Cataracts are a progressive condition and will continue to worsen over time. There is no known cause, but it’s typically associated with the process of aging. Other speculated causes are injury, certain medications, smoking, and diabetes.
Cataracts can cause a yellowing of the eyes, which may appear milky and cloudy. Conditions that low light, such as driving at night, prove increasingly dangerous and difficult for those suffering with cataracts. When this condition begins to affect your daily life, it is time to consider cataract surgery.
The procedure is performed on an out-patient basis and takes just minutes to perform. Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed surgery in the United States, and has a 90% success rate. The procedure is considered minimally invasive, and relatively painless.
On the day of your surgery, your doctor will dilate your pupil (the black center of the eye) and numb the eye with a local anesthetic. A tiny incision is made in the cloudy lens of the eye and a ultrasonic probe no bigger then the tip of a pen is inserted into the eye that breaks up the cloudy lens. Then, the broken pieces are vacuumed out and a new lens is inserted. Generally, the procedure is performed on only one eye, and the other eye is fixed in a second session.
There are two options for lens implants in cataract surgery. One is a “monofocal” lens. This means that after healing from surgery, you will still need to rely on glass for certain activities as the lens is designed to only focus in one dimension. An increasingly popular option is a “multifocal” lens, which has multiple focus availability and effectively corrects vision problems so that patients will no longer require corrective lenses.
Cataract surgery is often very successful. Although there is always some level of risk in undergoing an operation, the likelihood of complication is incredibly rare. Restoring eyesight can be life-changing and improve overall happiness and activity levels in people who have suffered from cataracts. It is considerably rare that cataracts will re-develop after the surgery.
Cataract Surgery in Southern California
Do you think cataract surgery may be for you? Contact us today with any questions or to schedule a consultation. Our offices are located in Lynwood, Downey, La Habra, and Whittier. We look forward to hearing from you.