Very common among adults older than 60. Cataracts come with gaining wisdom over the years, just like wrinkles and grey hair.
Other Common Causes of Cataracts
If we are fortunate to live long, we all develop cataracts. When the cataracts begin to affect your ability to perform your daily tasks, surgery is indicated.
Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed surgery in America.
Over 3 million cataract surgeries are performed every year.
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Symptoms of Cataracts
As the cataract gets denser, you may notice that your vision is blurry despite glasses. You may notice glare and halos making it difficult to drive. If the cataract affects vision to the extent that it interferes with your quality of life, you should consider cataract surgery. The alternative is to live with the cataracts but your vision likely will get worse.
What Happens During Cataract Surgery?
Cataract surgery is performed at an outpatient ambulatory surgery center (ASC). When you arrive at the facility, you will get eyedrops to prepare the eye for surgery. An IV will be placed for sedation and anesthesia prior to the surgery.
During Femtosecond Laser Assisted surgery, the anterior opening of the lens bag (capsule), will be precisely made with the laser, and the lens will be softened with the laser. Additionally, laser may be used to correct your astigmatism. You will see a lot of lights and feel some cool fluid.
The eyelids and lashes will be cleaned and surgical drapes are placed around the eye to keep the operating area sterile. Small incisions are then made and the cataract is removed using ultrasound energy. An intraocular lens implant is inserted through the premade small opening of the eye. It allows images to focus on the retina with clarity.
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Choosing A Lens Implant
The intraocular lens can correct for distance (e.g. driving/watching movies), intermediate (e.g. computer), near (e.g. reading), or all three ranges. Some patients may still need to wear glasses, especially in dim light settings and for very small prints. But more than ever, we can help you to be free from the constraints of glasses when driving and using cellphones and just enjoying life!