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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. 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.
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.
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:
Dr. Belardo will provide proper aftercare instructions to following during the recovery period, including avoiding strenuous activity and administering prescribed eye drops.
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:
The benefits of cataract surgery include:
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.
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.
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