What is a Cataract?
A cataract is a slow, progressive clouding of the eye’s natural lens. It interferes with light passing through the eye to the retina. Cataracts are caused by a change in the proteins of the eye, which causes clouding or discoloration of the lens. Over time, cataracts typically result in blurred or fuzzy vision and sensitivity to light.
Causes of Cataracts
After determining that surgery is right for you, the eye is dilated and prepared for surgery. It is cleaned and prepped using sanitizing agents and the surgeon applies a topical anesthetic.
An incision of 2.5 to 3 millimeters in length is then created at the junction of the cornea (the clear domed structure on the front of the eye) and the sclera (the white part of the eye).
More anesthetic is applied, and the surgeon then opens the front part of the lens envelope, called the lens capsule. Using a needle-like ultrasonic device, which pulverizes the hardened and yellowed lens proteins, the surgeon can vacuum up the old lens and remove it from the eye.
A new lens is inserted depending on what was determined pre-surgery. At this point most surgeries are complete. Regular follow up exams are a part of aftercare, along with any instructions your surgeon provides you.
Recovery from surgery is generally very quick, with most patients achieving noticeably better vision within the first 24 hours of the procedure. Patients are generally asked to use two to three different eye medications, administered as drops several times daily for the first few weeks after surgery. It is important that during the first 7 post-operative days, patients refrain from strenuous activity such as lifting weights for exercise or lifting other heavy objects. Patients should also refrain from rubbing their eyes during the first few weeks following surgery.
If glasses are required following surgery to achieve the best possible vision either for close up work such as reading, or for distance purposes, these will be prescribed three to four weeks after surgery when full recovery is expected. If both eyes are scheduled to have surgery within a few weeks of each other, then glasses, if needed, will be prescribed following full recovery of the second eye.
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