Showing Signs of Cataracts? Here’s What Comes Next
- Posted on: Dec 15 2019
To have a cataract means that the lens of one or both of the eyes has become stiff and cloudy. This happens when tiny protein particles clump together on the lens. Once accumulation begins, it progresses until vision becomes obscured by a virtual fog bank. Cataracts currently affect millions of Americans. It has been estimated by the National Eye Institute that about half of all people in our country will have had at least one eye affected by cataracts by the time they are 80 years old. Most, at some point, have cataracts removed. To do so is quite simple. It’s more a matter of timing than anything else. If one or both of your eyes is showing signs of cataracts, there are a few things you will want to know.
About Cataract Surgery
Cataract removal surgery is one of the most common eye procedures performed today. The replacement of the clouded lens restores clear vision and may also correct errors that have required a person to wear eyeglasses in the past.
The cataract removal procedure is performed in the office. Patients receive numbing eye drops before we begin. This eliminates painful sensations during surgery. Slight pressure may be felt as the ophthalmologist gently performs the replacement technique.
To remove cataracts, the ophthalmologist creates a tiny incision at the outer edge of the lens. This enables the doctor to remove the entirety of the natural lens. The capsule of thin, transparent tissue that held the lens remains intact. It is in this capsule that the artificial lens, called an intraocular lens or IOL, is situated. A tiny stitch may be used to stabilize the IOL until the capsule fully heals.
To have cataracts means a need to make multiple decisions regarding how to proceed with treatment.
- When the signs of cataracts develop, it is time to find a reputable ophthalmologist who is experienced in the latest cataract removal techniques.
- Visiting with the ophthalmologist early on in the process allows time for discussion about important matters. A medical history and thorough eye exam are performed to ensure there are no coinciding eye conditions or medical problems that may adversely affect the cataract procedure.
- Once it has been decided that cataract removal would be a good option, it is up to the patient to decide the timing of their procedure. Studies indicate that more people are choosing to have cataracts removed sooner rather than later.
- After cataract surgery has been scheduled, additional eye exams are performed to determine which intraocular lens would best fit the patient’s needs and expectations.
We’re here to help you see more clearly. To learn more about cataract removal surgery, schedule a visit to our Canfield, Alliance, or North Canton office.
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