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If you have been diagnosed with cataracts you probably notice that your vision just isn’t as sharp as it once was. You may have given up on driving at night or struggle to read the fine print. You may no longer enjoy your favorite hobbies due to blurred vision. Thinking about surgery understandably can be worrying for some patients. Fortunately, cataract surgery has become even safer over time with a quicker recovery. Cataract surgery is now a great opportunity to improve not only the blurriness of vision caused by cataracts themselves but to correct even life-long problems with vision such as high astigmatism, nearsightedness, farsightedness, and loss of reading ability. Call the office today to schedule an appointment and take that first step to better vision.
What Are Cataracts?
Cataracts are the result of aging and genetics which causes cloudiness of the natural lens in your eyes. The risk of developing cataracts increases as you get older and can make simple everyday tasks like driving and reading difficult or impossible. Our goal at Sun Laser Vision Center is to restore your vision so that you see clearly again.
What Are the Symptoms of Cataracts?
Common symptoms of cataracts include:
- Blurry or cloudy vision
- Poor eyesight at night
- Poor vision under bright lights
- Seeing halos around lights
- Double vision in one eye
- Fading colors
- Yellow or brown discoloration of your vision
- Frequent changes in your vision prescription
Risk factors for developing cataracts include older age, diabetes, smoking, obesity, high blood pressure and previous eye injury or surgery. Prolonged use of some medications or radiation exposure can also raise your risk of developing cataracts.
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What is Cataract Surgery?
During cataract surgery, your ophthalmologist replaces your natural cloudy lens with a clear lens implant to eliminate the vision problems caused by cataracts.
Cataract surgery at Sun Laser Vision Center starts by using cutting-edge technology including advanced laser measurement of your eye with the IOL Master 700. We use the latest in preoperative planning software systems called Veracity. We can also use a device during surgery called ORA which measures the eye length and curvature to confirm the selection of lens implant. We continually evaluate and adopt use of new lens implant technology as it becomes available to provide patients with the best potential options and outcomes for their vision. During surgery we use the most advanced ultrasonic systems for cataract removal and regularly fine tune the process to improve patient comfort, safety and results.
To find out if you are a candidate for cataract surgery at Sun Laser Vision Center, your doctor discusses your symptoms and medical history and then completes a thorough eye exam. Your vision and eye pressure will be tested. You will have measurements of your cornea curvature and length of your eye as well as other possible tests. These tests and exams are fairly comfortable for most patients.
You will meet with our surgical coordinator who will guide you through the preparation steps before surgery. Please carefully follow your preoperative instructions before undergoing cataract surgery.
Once in the procedure room, you will receive medication to relax you. Right before the procedure, your doctor numbs the treatment area with eye drops and a gel. Your doctor then uses ultrasound technology to remove the cloudy lens and replace it with a clear lens implant.
Lens Implant Technology
New technology lens implants can be combined with refractive lens exchange to correct not only nearsightedness or farsightedness but also astigmatism and presbyopia.
Presbyopia or loss of near vision with age is corrected with trifocal or extended depth of focus (EDOF) lens. We generally recommend to patients the Alcon Panoptix Trifocal or the Vivity EDOF or the Johnson & Johnson Eyehance IOL’s.
After cataract surgery is very important to follow your instructions. Your vision will probably be blurry for 1 to 2 days. Your eye might feel tender or itchy for a few days. Don’t rub your eye and use the protective eye shield as recommended.
Use medications or eye drops as directed and keep your follow-up appointments at Sun Laser Vision Center.
Healing time can vary but is generally fairly fast. Most patients are able to return to reading and driving and most light activities within 2 to 3 days from surgery. Complete healing can take 2 to 3 weeks in most cases. Once the first eye has healed the second eye can be scheduled for surgery.
You don’t have to live with poor vision due to cataracts. Not only can poor vision reduce your quality of life, but it can also increase your risk of injury due to falls or other accidents. Call sun laser vision center to book your appointment and take the first step to restoring your vision with cataract surgery.