Cataracts are a normal aging change that develops throughout our lives. Specifically, a cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens. Our natural lens helps focus light entering the eye, and when clouded you may notice blurred vision. Cataracts develop throughout our lives and usually become visually significant in our 50’s and 60’s, although people of any age can develop visually significant cataracts.
Cataract surgery is among the most common procedures performed in medicine. Modern cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure. It is usually performed while you are awake and takes approximately fifteen minutes.
During the cataract surgery, the cloudy lens is removed and replaced with an intraocular lens implant (IOL). The small incision created to remove the cataract self seals, usually without the need of any stitches. You will use eyedrops during the first month and your doctor will monitor your progress at the postoperative visits.
Less Dependence on Glasses After Cataract Surgery
Advancements in cataract surgery techniques and lens implant options have made it possible to reduce the need for glasses after your surgery. It’s important for you to think about “how important is it to see without glasses after cataract surgery”. To learn more about what options are available for your cataract surgery click here.
What To Expect During Your Cataract Evaluation
A cataract evaluation will involve a dilated comprehensive eye exam plus additional testing and measurements that are necessary to plan for your surgery. Specific attention to these areas will be performed:
- Complete ocular health examination to detect any coexisting eye disease that may impact your cataract surgery results
- Glare testing
- IOL Master or a-scan ultrasound measurements to determine the length of your eye
- Orbscan corneal curvature mapping
Please allow 2.5-3.0 hours for the examination, measurements and scheduling of your procedure.
Call 816.746.9800 to schedule your cataract evaluation and to learn more about the options available to improve your vision.
Click here to visit the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Eye Smart website for more information on cataracts.