Why Cataract Surgery?
Cataract surgery is currently the only option that can help eliminate the problems associated with cataracts and is often covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance plans.
A cataract is a change in clarity of the lens inside your eye; a gradual clouding that can dull your vision. As your eyes age, the lens becomes cloudier, allowing less light to pass through your retina. The light that does reach the retina is diffused resulting in blurry vision.
A cataract develops in the crystalline lens or envelope of the eye. Imagine an envelope in your eye that is gradually being filled with a thick substance. As the envelope fills, a reduced amount of light is capable of passing through your eye. The process is usually gradual and can lead to blindness.
Cataract removal surgery is one of the most common, safest and effective surgeries performed in the United States with 90% of people who have had cataract surgery obtained better vision afterward, according to the National Eye Institute.
You don’t have to suffer from cataracts anymore. Schedule your cataract consultation today and start on the path of giving life to your eyes.
What Can I Expect During Cataract Surgery?
Thinking about getting cataract surgery but want to know more about the process? Read the steps below to understand what to expect.
You may receive medicated eye drops to prevent infection, inflammation and to minimize discomfort. Although awake for the procedure, you’ll likely receive a mild sedative for comfort and relaxation
A tiny incision will be made in your cornea and a small probe will be used to break apart and remove the old lens.
A replacement intraocular lens (IOL) will be inserted in your eye. Typically, the IOL is rolled up in the tip of an injector tool so that it can be inserted through the same tiny incision.
Once injected, the IOL unfolds perfectly into place. Stitches are usually not required. Your eye should heal itself naturally. As a precaution, a protective patch may be placed over your eye during recovery
What Are The Risks Associated with Cataract Surgery?
After surgery, you must keep your eye clean, wash your hands before touching your eye, and use the prescribed medications to help minimize the risk of infection.
Floaters are little “cobwebs” or specks that seem to float about in your field of vision. If you notice a sudden increase in floaters or flashes, contact Shah Eye Center immediately.
- Retinal Detachment
Cataract surgery slightly increases your risk of retinal detachment. Other eye disorders, such as high myopia (nearsightedness), can further increase your risk of retinal detachment after cataract surgery.