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Cataract Surgery

Cataract Surgery

Cataract Surgery

What Is a Cataract?

The inside of our eye has a natural lens that bends and refracts light rays – this helps us see. If the lens is clear, vision is clear and you are able to see well. A cataract occurs when the lens becomes cloudy. As the cataract progresses the clouded lens allows less light to pass through the eye causing vision problems.

Living With Cataracts

Some people say that having a cataract is like always looking through a windshield that is dirty or fogged over, sometimes it is even described as looking through waxed paper. While cataracts can be present for some time without causing problems, they do impair vision and can be extremely annoying. Cataracts can eventually develop to the point of causing blindness if not treated with surgery.

The Symptoms of a Cataract

When you develop cataracts due to aging, you may not notice them at first because of their slow growth. By the time you notice the initial signs of having cataracts, they could have been in development for quite some time.
If you have blurry vision, are seeing double, have become sensitive to light, can’t see well (especially at night), or have noticed bright colors turning to yellow, you may have cataracts. Give us a call to learn more about these symptoms and what you should do next.

About Cataract Surgery

To remove a cataract, you must have surgery. Typically, cataracts are removed when they begin to affect activities of daily living, keep you from doing the things that you love. We will monitor your eyes with regular checkups until it is time to remove the cataracts.
The purpose of cataract surgery is to remove the cataract/clouded lens and replace it with an artificial lens that you can see through. There are many different lens options which the doctor and surgery counselor will share with you during you pre-operative visit. The doctor and surgery counselor will also discuss options such as standard and laser cataract surgery. The surgery is an outpatient procedure so you will be able to go home shortly afterward. Give us a call to learn more about this procedure and/or to schedule an initial consultation.