A cataract happens when the lens of a person’s eye becomes cloudy, which obscures vision. Cataracts make light glare more intense and can cause blurred eyesight. A cataract diagnosis may be frightening, and you may ask yourself what this diagnosis means and what’s the future of your eyesight. Here at Eye Center South, we will help you navigate your options so you can make an informed choice on the lens that delivers the results that meet your lifestyle and budget.
Diagnosing and Treating Cataracts
Eye Center South strives to serve each patient with the care and attention they deserve. We spend time discussing exactly what cataracts are and how cataract surgery is performed, as well as whether surgery is necessary.
There are several options for treating cataracts. Generally, cataracts don’t harm the eye beyond impaired vision. However, if the cataract is diminishing your quality of life and/or interferes with your doctor’s ability to see the back of your eye to treat another eye problem, such as macular degeneration, or retinopathy, then surgery is recommended.
Our experienced staff will discuss whether you would like to continue wearing glasses after cataract surgery. We offer upgraded lens options that eliminate the need for glasses after surgery, however, these options are not covered by insurance. Currently, the top-of-the-line lens is the Light Adjustable Lens. This lens can be adjusted after your surgery, whereas other lenses aren’t adjustable because the prescription is engineered into them. This allows precise, fine-tuned customization of an individual patient’s prescription for optimal results.
What to Expect from Your Cataract Surgery
In most cases, treating cataracts involves replacing the eye’s natural lens with an implanted artificial lens. There are different types of lenses, with the premium choices offering clear vision at all distances, and while driving at night.
Cataract surgery is an outpatient surgery, which means you can recover in the comfort of your home after your procedure. You will be given pain medication and protective glasses to wear for the time that your eye is healing at home.
Treating Cataracts Is Safe and Effective
As with any surgery, there are risks involved in this procedure. If you don’t have other medical conditions or eye problems, the risks are minimal.
Dr. Marnix Heersink M.D., cataract, and laser refractive surgeon and a co-founder of Eye Center South, touts the latest research available for cataracts and the safety and efficacy of artificial lenses. He says, “An artificial lens lasts the patient’s lifetime and gives them much better vision.”
He also notes, “This is the number one operation being performed worldwide. It’s an extremely safe, successful, and effective surgery.”
Call Eye Center South to schedule your consultation at 800-467-1393.