The Kingston Surgery Center performs Thousands of Cataract Surgeries each Year
A cataract is a clouding of your eye’s natural lens that results in a reduction in your ability to see clearly. This process, although frustrating, is a very natural and very common part of aging. So common in fact, that it is estimated that by age 80, nearly half of all Americans will have developed cataracts. Due to this high prevalence of occurrence, cataract surgeries have evolved into some of the safest and most commonly performed surgeries in the United States. In fact, more than 1.5 million surgeries are performed each year with nearly 90% of these surgeries resulting in the restoration of quality vision.
Your lens is made up of protein and water. As you age, your eye’s protein begins to “clump” together. This “clumping” develops into a cataract. Science has yet to determine definitively why this process occurs but researchers have identified several factors that may contribute to a cataract’s development. Some of these factors include exposure to the sun’s ultra-violet light, cigarette smoke and high alcohol consumption. Cataracts are also linked to health problems like diabetes and can occur as a result of a traumatic eye injury. Whatever the cause, the Kingston Surgery Center staff are experts in the treatment of cataracts. For most people, cataract treatment involves surgery.
Prior to your cataract procedure, your eye will be treated with an anesthetic that will minimize any discomfort that you would have felt. Once your surgery has begun, a Kingston Surgery Center physician will remove your clouded lens and replace it with a silicon or acrylic intraocular lens or IOL. IOL’s are placed permanently, require no maintenance or handling and are neither felt by the patient nor noticed by others. Your cataract surgery will last for less than an hour and your healing will be complete within 8 weeks. However, you can return almost immediately to most of your everyday activities. Although the surgery will correct your cataract, eyeglasses may still be required. Serious complications are rare, but possible, so be sure to discuss any lasting discomfort with your doctor.
The Kingston Surgery Center is proud to provide this service to you and we are grateful for your trust and confidence. Please do not hesitate to contact the center with any questions or concerns you may have.
Following your cataract surgery, it is possible to develop what is known as Posterior Capsule Opacity. Posterior Capsule Opacity develops in roughly 20% of patients and is caused when a haze develops over the IOL. This haze results in diminished vision similar to that which occurs when a cataract develops. Therefore, this condition is sometimes referred to as a secondary cataract. This term is misleading however, because cataracts can never recur once the lens has been replaced. Posterior Capsule Opacity is actually the result of scarring that occurs in the membrane which held your natural lens. This condition is not preventable during surgery but it is easily resolved by performing a YAG Laser Capsulotomy.
This outpatient procedure involves the use of a laser to remove this newly developed haze. At the Kingston Surgery Center, this treatment does not usually take longer than a few minutes and is entirely painless. In most cases, your vision will improve within a day following the procedure.
The term oculoplastics refers to a wide variety of procedures that deal with the eyelids, tear ducts and the structures surrounding the eyes. These procedures can include the repair of tear duct obstructions, the correction of “droopy” eyelids and the treatment of Graves Disease to name just a few. At the Kingston Surgery Center, these procedures are performed by a opthalmologist that has undergone specialized training in the field of oculoplastics. Please speak to your Eyecare Specialists Physician to learn more about the procedures that are offered at the Kingston Surgery Center.