Many individuals over the age of 50 have cataracts, an accumulation of protein in one or both eyes, causing cloudy, blurry vision. Fortunately, there is an effective way to cure the condition. There are several types of cataract surgeries available, and after a thorough evaluation, Advanced Laser and Cataract Center will determine the right one for meeting your needs. It is important to catch and treat cataracts as early on as possible, as they will inevitably worsen and potentially affect one’s quality of life. To learn more about cataract surgery and how Advanced Laser and Cataract Center can deliver outstanding results, contact our Oklahoma City eye center today.
What is a Cataract?
Cataracts are a clouding of the lens of the eye caused by the accumulation of protein. Cataracts can cause cloudy or blurred vision. We can treat cataracts by removing the protein build up through a gentle procedure that will eliminate the cloudy portion in your visual field.
Cataract Surgery Procedure
The first step in the process involves an evaluation. During which we will review your medical history and examine your condition. We will then map out your treatment plan, which includes the type of lenses that best meet your needs. If cataracts exist in both eyes, only one eye is operated on at a time. The entire procedure is performed as follows:
- Numbing eye drops are placed in the eye so the patient feels no discomfort.
- A tiny incision is made in the cornea.
- Using special instruments, the cataract is broken up and then suctioned out of the eye.
- An artificial intraocular lens (IOL) is positioned in the eye, in place of the natural lens.
- A protective covering is placed over the eye for recovery.
We will provide proper aftercare instructions to following during the recovery period, including avoiding strenuous activity and administering prescribed eye drops.
Candidates for Cataract Surgery
The best way to learn whether you are a candidate for cataract surgery is to meet with a member of the Advanced Laser Team for an evaluation. As surgery is the only cure for cataracts, candidates include anyone who has been diagnosed with the condition. It is time to see an ophthalmologist for an assessment if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Blurred vision that cannot be corrected with prescription contact lenses or eyeglasses
- Halos or glares
- White spots on the pupil
- Impaired vision at night
- Colors appear less vivid
Benefits of Cataract Surgery
The benefits of cataract surgery include:
- Achieve clearer, crisper vision
- See colors brighter and more vivid
- Procedure is safe and effective
- Enhance quality of life and boost confidence
- Can correct other ocular disorders, such as presbyopia, nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism
- Procedure is quick and painless
- No injections or stitches necessary
Risks or Side Effects of Cataract Surgery
While cataract surgery is considered to be an extremely safe and effective procedure, as with all surgeries, some risk is a factor. We will discuss any potential complications with you, such as infection or inflammation, prior to beginning. We will also inform you of the best methods for avoiding such issues, like using prescribed eye drops, wearing a protective eye cover while sleeping, and avoiding rubbing the eyes.
Learn More about Cataract Surgery
If you have been diagnosed with cataracts, or think you may have cataracts, a skilled, experienced eye surgeon can help. Not only will the procedure improve your vision, it can help to enhance your overall quality of life. To learn more about cataract surgery, contact our Oklahoma City eye center today.