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
- Blurry vision
- Glare or halos around lights
- Light sensitivity
- Poor night vision
- Double vision
- Fading or yellowing of colors
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 Surgical Specialty Center staff are experts in the treatment of cataracts. For most people, cataract treatment involves 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.
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 Surgical Specialty 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.
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.
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 Surgical Specialty 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 Surgical Specialty 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.
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.
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 Surgical Specialty 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 Surgical Specialty Center.