What is a cataract?
Many patients are surprised to know that cataracts are quite common – in fact, more than 20.5 million Americans have cataracts. Although cataract surgery is the most frequently performed procedure in the U.S., there is often confusion about what causes cataracts, how they affect vision and how they can be corrected.
A common misconception is that a cataract is a “film” that forms over the surface of the eye. In reality, a cataract is actually caused by a natural aging process that occurs inside your eye. It’s a general clouding of your eye’s clear, natural lens that can, over time, make your vision less sharp.
Much like a camera, your eye depends on a clear lens to properly focus images. As we age, proteins in your lens begin to bind together, clouding your lens and creating a cataract. A cataract may make your vision cloudy, blurry or dull. Many patients report a yellow or brownish tint to their vision as well.
What causes cataracts?
Although cataracts usually develop on their own as part of the natural aging process, there are other factors that can contribute to cataract developing earlier or at an accelerated rate.
What are symptoms of cataracts?
Cataracts typically develop slowly and painlessly over time. In fact, in the early stages, symptoms may be so mild that you may not even realize that your vision is changing. However, as the cataract becomes more dense you will eventually experience one or more of the following symptoms:
When is it time to have cataract surgery?
When cataracts are causing loss of vision that affects your ability to perform daily activities. With modern advancements in cataract surgery, developing cataracts no longer means having to suffer with blurry vision – restoring your vision has never been easier. The first step is to schedule your comprehensive cataract examination – to schedule your appointment, call (800) 344-4443.
What happens during cataract surgery?
During this outpatient procedure, topical and light intravenous anesthesia (no shots) will be used, insuring that you will remain relaxed and comfortable as your surgeon removes the cloudy lens and replaces it with an Intraocular Lens (IOL). There are no stitches and recovery is rapid. With the cataract removed, and the IOL in place you’re on your way to enjoying clearer, more youthful vision.
What is recovery time like?
You will return home and relax for the remainder of the day after your procedure. Most patients report improvement in their vision as soon as the next day – you may even watch TV and read at this time. You should be able to resume normal activities, such as working or driving, within just two to three days. It’s important to follow your doctor’s instructions, use your medications as prescribed and keep your follow-up visits.
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