If you’ve been told that you have cataracts, you’re not alone. Each year, nearly 2 million Americans undergo successful cataract surgery to restore vision. At Eyesight Associates, we use advanced technologies that make the procedure safer and more comfortable with minimal recovery time.
What are Cataracts?
A cataract is the clouding of the eye’s natural lens. This lens, which is responsible for focusing an image after it enters the eye, is normally clear. A cloudy lens will interfere with the passage of light through the eye, resulting in cloudy or blurred vision that can only be corrected by replacing this lens.
Symptoms may include:
- Dimming or blurring vision
- Halos or glare around lights
- Double vision
- De-saturated colors
- Sensation of “film” in one’s vision
- Frequent changing or cleaning of glasses
- Difficulty driving or 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 used in this diagnostic process illuminate and magnify the structures of the eye.
If diagnosed, a cataract cannot be corrected by medication, eye drops, or a change in diet. The only way to restore vision is to have the cloudy cataract lens surgically removed and replaced with an artificial lens. In traditional cataract surgery, the surgeon makes incisions and removes the cloudy lens and replaces it with an artificial lens (IOL).
For patients who would like to become less dependent on glasses or want to take advantage of the most advanced technology, Eyesight Associates offers the Catalys laser, a revolutionary technology for advanced laser cataract procedures for many cataract patients.
The laser allows your surgeon to further improve the accuracy and predictability of the procedure, providing increased precision and faster recovery. Eyesight Associates is the only practice in Middle Georgia that offers customized laser assisted cataract surgery.
Lensectomy or Refractive Lens Exchange
We all experience some loss of vision around the age of 40, resulting in the inability to focus well on nearby objects. This is a normal but frustrating and cumbersome condition called presbyopia. For many, it becomes necessary to have reading glasses, bifocals, trifocals, or progressive lenses in order to see clearly.
A lensectomy can correct presbyopia, nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism by replacing the eye’s natural lens with an artificial lens specifically selected to provide the patient with better vision. These groundbreaking lenses provide patients better vision and less dependency on glasses or contact lenses.
Lensectomy is a surgical procedure that uses the same successful techniques of modern cataract surgery. These surgical techniques have evolved and improved dramatically over the last 20 years. People who have a lensectomy now will not have to have cataract surgery in the future.
Expected Results from Cataract Surgery
Patients can expect a rapid return to good vision following cataract surgery. Today’s modern surgical techniques and technology have made cataract surgery one of the most successful surgical procedures performed in the United States.
Since general anesthesia is usually not required, most patients experience rapid recovery, returning home within hours. The eye will take several days to weeks to heal completely. Most patients are able to return to their normal lives the day after surgery! Returning to an active lifestyle is one of the primary benefits of cataract surgery.