The surgeons at The Eye Institute perform state of the art surgery and offer outstanding Premium IOL (Intraocular Lens) choices for our patients with cataracts.
No one is exactly sure what causes cataracts, but they mostly affect the older population. They also can be caused by injuries, medications, certain diseases or long term exposure to sunlight. Genetics may also play a role in cataract development. Your eye has a clear lens through which light passes allowing you to see. When the lens loses its transparency, the cloudy tissue that develops is known as a cataract. The lens clouds naturally as we age and people will eventually see a gradual reduction in vision.
Although cataracts usually develop without apparent pain, some indications that a cataract may be forming are as follows:
• Blurred or hazy vision • Double vision • Poor vision in bright light • Seeing halos around lights • Yellowish tinged vision • Night vision difficulty
If visual impairment interferes with your ability to read, work, or do the things you enjoy, then you may want to consider cataract surgery. Surgery is the only proven means of effectively treating cataracts. Cataract surgery is relatively painless and is one of the most successful and frequently performed procedures in the US.
Cataract surgery is performed on an outpatient basis and takes about 15 minutes to complete. When cataract surgery is performed, the natural lens is replaced with an artificial lens. Before surgery you will be given anesthetic drops and a mild sedative. A small incision will be made in the eye and the doctor will use an instrument to break up the cataract using ultrasound. Your IOL (Intraocular Lens) that has been predetermined will be inserted to replace the natural lens that was removed. Most patients are able to return home within an hour after surgery.
Following surgery, you will rest for a short time in the recovery area and your driver can take you home. Most people see better within a day or two after cataract surgery. As with any surgery, complications can occur, and you and your doctor will discuss these prior to surgery. Strenous activites for the next week are discouraged, but overall you may resume normal activities.
Patients who have elected Premium IOLs are most likely able to forgo wearing glasses after surgery. You can see the different types of intraocular lenses we offer at The Eye Institute here: