Virtually everyone will develop cataracts as they grow older. More than half of the people over the age of 60, in fact, suffer from cataracts. If you’ve been told that you have cataracts, you’re not alone. Each year, nearly 2 million people undergo successful cataract surgery to restore clear vision. At Montgomery LASIK & Eye Care Center, the surgeon offers advanced technologies that make the cataract procedure safer and more comfortable with a fast recovery time.
What are Cataracts
A cataract is the clouding of the eye’s lens. This lens, which is responsible for focusing an image after it enters the eye, is normally crystal clear. A cloudy lens will block the passage of light through the eye, resulting in cloudy or blurred vision.
Symptoms of cataracts may include:
- Declining vision with age
- Blurred or double vision
- Seeing halos around bright lights
- Difficulty seeing at night
- Vision that worsens in sunlight
- Difficulty distinguishing colors
- Poor depth perception
- Frequent prescription changes for glasses
- Difficulty reading
A cataract usually cannot be viewed from outside of the eye and must be diagnosed during an eye examination. A variety of methods are used to determine the type, size and location of the cataract. The instruments utilized in this diagnostic process are used to illuminate and magnify the structures of the eye.
If diagnosed, a cataract cannot be cleared by medication or eye drops. The only way to restore clear vision is to have the cloudy cataract lens surgically removed, while a replacement lens must be implanted to restore vision. In your treatment, first, the surgeon removes the cataract with a special device, requiring a micro-incision no more than 3 millimeters (⅛ inch) in width. Next, a flexible lens implant is folded and passed through the small opening. The incision is so small, no stitches are required as the tiny opening is self-sealing.
The gold standard of cataract replacement lenses are called Active Life Lens®. These implanted lenses have revolutionized cataract care by allowing patients the freedom to enjoy improved vision at multiple distances. In fact, many of our Active Life Lens® Procedure patients report they do not need corrective eyewear for their daily activities or hobbies.
The development of cataracts does not have to mean loss of sight. Treatment of cataracts is 95% successful in restoring good vision.
Recovery time is minimal thanks in large part to the contributions and advancements of ophthalmic anesthesia, the use of medication inside the eye, and developments in microscopic incision. The eye will take several days to weeks to heal completely. However, most patients are able to return to their normal lives within 48 hours of surgery! Please remember that no two eyes heal exactly the same and sometimes vision recovery can vary. It is important that you follow postoperative instructions and use the different eye drops as instructed. It is important that you refrain from strenuous physical activity and from rubbing your eyes during the first few weeks after surgery. Returning to an active lifestyle is one of the primary benefits of cataract surgery.