Cataract Surgery

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Cataract Surgery Oklahoma City

Cataract Surgery Oklahoma CityMany 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. Dr. John Belardo of Advanced Laser and Cataract Center performs cataract surgery for his Oklahoma City patients. There are several types of cataract surgeries available, and after a thorough evaluation, Dr. Belardo will determine the right one for meeting your needs. Dr. Belardo encourages patients over the age of 61 to come in for regular eye exams. 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, contact our Oklahoma City eye center today, serving Edmond and Moore, Oklahoma today.

Cataract Surgery Procedure

The first step in the process involves a preliminary meeting with Dr. Belardo, during which he will review your medical history and examine your condition. He will then map out your treatment plan, which includes the type of lenses that best meet your needs, such as the ReSTOR® or TECNIS® Multifocal lenses. If cataracts exist in both eyes, only one eye is operated on at a time. The entire procedure lasts up to 30 minutes, and 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.

Dr. Belardo 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 Dr. Belardo for a consultation. 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 clear, crisp vision
  • See colors brighter and more vivid
  • No longer rely on eyeglasses or contact lenses to see
  • 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
  • Instant results

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. Dr. Belardo will discuss any potential complications with you, such as infection or inflammation, prior to beginning. He 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.  

Patients typically experience some mild discomfort immediately following the procedure; however, symptoms are temporary and can be alleviated with prescribed pain medication.

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.