Millions of Americans develop cataracts every year. In fact, cataracts are the leading cause of vision impairment for Americans over age 65. By age 80, more than half of Americans will either have cataracts or have had cataract removal surgery.
If cataracts are impacting your ability to work and play, and are lowering your overall quality of life, you may be a candidate for cataract removal surgery. This procedure is safe, well established, and performed on hundreds of thousands of Americans every year.
There is no established cause that prompts the development of cataracts. They are seen most often in people age 40 and older. Health and lifestyle can also influence developing cataracts; UV rays from the sun, smoking, alcohol, and diabetes are all known to influence cataracts.
If cataracts are beginning to influence your life, please schedule an appointment to have your eyes examine by Dr. Dittman or Dr. Nock.
More Information About Cataracts & Cataract Surgery
Cataracts generally form without pain, and their development is often subtle. Symptoms to watch for:
Cataract removal surgery is a safe procedure. Millions of people in North America receive the surgery every year.
There are several variations of the surgery, though the end result is the same: the natural lens, the one that has become cloudy due to cataracts, is removed and replaced by a plastic intraocular lens (IOL). The IOL completely replaces the natural lens; it is not seen or felt.
Recovery times are relatively fast, with mild discomfort experienced for several days to a couple of weeks post-surgery. It takes approximately two months to heal completely.
Most people have the surgery done while awake, though you can be sedated if needed. Your eye and surrounding tissues are numbed with a local anesthetic. Your eye is then washed and rinsed.
Depending on the version of surgery you are having, the lens may be broken up via ultrasound and removed, or just simply removed using suction. The IOL is then inserted in its place.
You will be given an eye patch to protect the eye. You can go home same-day; you will not be able to drive, so please arrange safe transportation.
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