Cataracts usually occur as part of the natural aging process of the eye. While many people think that cataracts are a “film” over the eye, cataracts are actually caused by a gradual clouding of the clear, natural lens inside the eye. As the clouding progresses over time, your vision becomes less sharp. Cataracts develop slowly and painlessly over time. In the early stages, cataract symptoms may be so mild that you may not even realize your vision is changing. However, as cataracts become more dense, you will experience one or more of the following symptoms.
If you’re over 55 and have noticed cloudy or blurry vision, you may have cataracts. Find out if cataract surgery may help with our self-test.
What Causes Cataracts?
If we live long enough, everyone will eventually develop cataracts as part of the natural aging process. However, some conditions can cause cataracts to develop more quickly such as glaucoma, diabetes, or an autoimmune disorder, consistent exposure to UV rays, eye injuries or surgeries, and smoking.
Today’s Cataract Surgery – Clear Vision is In Sight!
Dr. Alfred takes a personalized approach to each patient’s treatment plan. He takes the time to understand your goals and how to tailor your best vision for your lifestyle. The Eye Center offers a full range of multi-specialty medical and surgical eye care, including the latest advancements in cataract surgery, microsurgical techniques, and lifestyle lenses that can reduce or eliminate the need for glasses!
Great News if You Have Cataracts!
You may be wondering why we would say such a thing. But the fact of the matter is, once it’s time for cataract surgery, that’s when you can choose the vision you want for the rest of your life!
The Truth About Cataract Surgery
- Over 24 million Americans currently have cataracts
- 90% of people will develop cataracts by the age of 65
- Cataract surgery is the most frequently performed surgical procedure in the U.S.
- Standard cataract surgery is usually covered by medical insurance, including Medicare
What to Expect
Before advanced cataract surgery is scheduled, you will have a comprehensive cataract evaluation to determine if you’re a good candidate for the procedure. If advanced cataract surgery is recommended, your doctor will review the different options available and give recommendations based on your visual needs and lifestyle. Our cataract experts will take your unique measurements, review the procedure in detail, answer all of your questions, and aid you throughout the pre-operative process.
Cataract surgery is typically a quick, outpatient procedure. With modern cataract surgery, there are no shots, no stitches, and no patches. With mild sedation to relax, Dr. Alfred will use gentle drops to completely numb your eye, and you’ll be awake and comfortable.
Through a micro-incision, Dr. Alfred will break up and gently remove the cloudy cataract-affected lens.
A new flexible lens implant is gently inserted into the eye to replace your natural lens.
With the cataract removed and the new lens in place, light can once again travel clearly to the back of your eye.
Your Cataract Surgery Options
Patients now have the option to enjoy more freedom from glasses and contacts after their cataract procedure. Many patients are excited to learn that they can reduce, and even eliminate, the need for glasses and contacts, allowing them to enjoy life to its fullest. When you have your comprehensive eye examination with us, we will discuss these options and help you determine which is best for your vision and your lifestyle.
With the Standard Monofocal Package, astigmatism or refractive error is not corrected. You will likely need glasses for all activities.
Enhanced Distance Package
With the Enhanced Distance Package, Customized Wavefront Technology is utilized along with correcting any low-level astigmatism to provide clear vision.
With the Toric Package, Customized Wavefront Technology is utilized along with correcting higher levels of astigmatism to provide clear distance vision.
The Multifocal Vision Package provides the most amount of independence from glasses for clear distance, intermediate, and distance vision.
Recovery After Cataract Surgery
For many patients, the clarity and color of their vision right after surgery is amazing and surprising. The day after your procedure, your eye is likely to feel somewhat itchy and sensitive to light. This typically subsides within a day or two. There are no patches or significant downtime.
Your initial vision will continue to improve during these first days as you get used to seeing things through your new lens. We will see you to check on your healing and to make sure that you’re on the road to your best visual outcomes. After about a month, recovery should be complete, and you will be back to fully living the life you love!