While cataracts are extremely common and are one of the biggest causes of blindness in the US, they are also very treatable. Surgery is the only effective treatment, but today’s technology has allowed cataract surgery to be safe and quick with great results.
There is no pain associated with the development of cataracts, so you may not realize you have them until your vision is compromised. You may have a cataract formation that should be removed if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
Once it has been decided that you need cataract surgery, your doctor will determine whether you are best suited for traditional or laser cataract surgery. Laser cataract surgery uses a laser to make incisions opposed to the traditional blade. Once you have completed your consultation, you are ready to schedule your cataract surgery!
There are three basic techniques used for cataract removal: phacoemulsification, extracapsular cataract surgery, and intracapsular cataract surgery. Your cataract surgeon will determine which method is best for your condition. Your doctor will inform you ahead of time what will happen during surgery, as well as what you should do to prepare.
Before the procedure, you will be given medication to minimize discomfort. Generally, patients do not experience pain during cataract surgery. The actual removal of the clouded lens takes around 20 minutes. You will notice the pressure from the instruments used, but there should not be any pain. Following surgery, you will be prescribed medicated drops to take for the next few weeks. If you experience significant decreased vision or pain following surgery, you should contact your ophthalmologist immediately.
If you are curious about cataract surgery, or if you think you may have cataracts, don’t hesitate to contact our office today!