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How are Cataracts Treated?

There is no medical treatment that can prevent or reverse cataracts. The only effective treatment for cataracts is surgical removal. With the many advancements that have progressed over the years, cataract surgery has evolved into a relatively short and painless microscopic procedure that can be performed on an outpatient basis. You no longer have to fast and you may continue taking all of your medications prior to surgery.

Cataract surgery involves a process called phacoemulsification, which is a bloodless “no-stitch” procedure that requires the use of topical or local anesthesia. Anesthesia is administered for relaxation and to make you very comfortable so absolutely no pain is felt during the procedure.

During the surgery, a microscopic incision is made on the side of the cornea, which is the clear dome-shaped surface that covers the front of your eye. Through this micro-incision, the surgeon inserts a thin probe that uses ultrasonic vibrations to break up, or phacoemulsify, the cataract and then vacuums it out. A crystal-clear artificial lens containing your prescription, known as an intraocular lens implant, is then folded and inserted back through the same micro-incision. The new lens unfolds and is placed into the thin capsular bag that was originally occupied by the cataract to restore your vision. The images you now see can once again travel clearly to the back of the eye and focus on the retina, thus restoring your eyesight.

When is the Right Time to Remove my Cataracts?

When your cataracts begin to interfere with your normal activities they can safely and easily be removed through a tiny incision and replaced with a foldable lens implant on an outpatient basis.  A lens implant is similar to a small soft contact lens, which contains a prescription to help restore your vision.

Are there any Risks with Cataract Surgery?

Fortunately, with our modern-day procedures and facilities, the risk of a major complication, such as an infection, is extremely low. Cataract surgery can slightly increase the risk of a future retinal detachment in people who are extremely nearsighted. However, if a complication is recognized and treated promptly, good vision usually can be achieved.

What can I Expect for My Recovery?

With our present-day cataract procedures, clear vision is quickly restored and normal activites can be resumed within a couple of days. 

What Vision can I look forward to after my Cataract Surgery?

With the sophistication of today’s cataract surgery and an array of lens implants, a person’s nearsightedness or farsightedness can be reduced and in many cases fully corrected. Eyeglasses may be needed for reading or for fine-tuning distance vision.

Within the last decade, surgeons and industry have combined forces to give you more choices for even sharper and more youthful vision to minimize or eliminate your dependence on glasses.

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