What is a cataract?
A cataract is a clouding of your eye’s lens. This condition generally occurs as part of the aging process and is most common in people over the age of 50. As your cataracts progress, this cloudiness in your lens will prevent light from passing through the eye, resulting in a deterioration in your vision. If left untreated, cataracts can eventually lead to blindness, but modern surgical procedures have an exceptionally high success rate and are quite safe.
What are the symptoms of a cataract?
In the early stages of cataract development, you may not notice much in the way of symptoms. But as your cataracts become more advanced, you may notice an impact on your vision. Common cataract symptoms include:
Glare or halos around lights
Poor night vision
Fading or yellowing of colors
How is a cataract removed?
Cataract surgery is performed to remove your eye’s clouded lens and replace it with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). During the procedure, our ophthalmologists will make a tiny incision in your eye. Ultrasound waves are used to break up the cataracts, and your lens is carefully removed. Our ophthalmologists will then insert an IOL to provide you with clear vision.
Is cataract surgery safe?
Yes. Cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures, and patients experience an extremely high success rate. While some risks are associated with any surgical procedure, the risk of complications with cataract surgery are very rare. By choosing a cataract surgeon who is highly skilled and experienced, you can further reduce these risks and improve the results that can be achieved.
Will I need glasses after cataract surgery?
Your need for glasses after cataract surgery will depend on the type of intraocular lens used for your procedure. Traditional IOLs are only able to focus at one particular distance. As a result, many cataract surgery patients who receive a traditional monofocal lens may still need reading glasses after surgery.
However, advances in IOL technology provide a variety of premium IOL options that can focus at different distances. When these multifocal IOLs are used, patients generally can see clearly at all distances. As a result, you would generally not need glasses following your surgery.
At Eye Care Specialists, we offer a variety of premium multifocal IOL options to help you achieve the best possible vision after your cataract surgery. At your initial consultation, we will discuss these options with you in greater detail.
Please contact Eye Care Specialists today to schedule your cataract surgery consultation. We serve patients in Scranton, Wilkes Barre, Kingston, and throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania.