At New Century Ophthalmology, we offer cataract surgery to help you start seeing clearer by bringing the youthful life back into your eyes. New advancements in technology have given patients the opportunity to have even better visual results after cataract surgery through premium lenses.
There are many different procedures, and if you or a loved one is suffering from cataracts, New Century Ophthalmology will help you choose the best procedure for your specific situation.
A cataract is the clouding of the normally clear, natural crystalline lens of the eye. The natural crystalline lens becomes cloudy and yellow over time and will need to be removed with cataract surgery. The sensation of cataracts can be compared to look through wax paper. Many cataract patients will have trouble seeing colors and will have difficulty driving at night. Most cataracts progress slowly over a period of years, but their rate of progression is unpredictable.
Signs You Have Cataracts
Cataracts are extremely common in older individuals. They occur when proteins build up on the lens of the eye, causing cloudy or blurry vision. In the early stages, the cataracts may not be visible in a mirror, but as they mature, you may see white spots or spots that look cloudy when you look at your eyes.
- You see glare or halos around lights, especially at night.
- You are having increasing difficulty seeing at night when you drive.
- You can no longer see well enough to read or watch TV.
- Colors appear faded and/or you have noticed blurry vision.
Cataracts are caused mainly by age, trauma, heredity, and exposure to ultraviolet radiation. Cataracts can also occur as a result of eye disease, after the use of certain medications, or as a result of medical conditions such as diabetes.
- Getting Older – Age is a major cause of developing cataracts.
- A birth defect, like abnormal conditions in the eyes of unborn babies
- Environmental factors such as disease, toxic chemicals, medications
- Accidents or Injuries
- Exposure to ultraviolet light
- Cigarette Smoking
Cataract surgery has existed in this world for over a century, but it is the recent innovations in technology that have transformed this into a very safe and effective surgery. As a patient, it’s great to know that the success rate for cataract surgery is high when you are about to undergo surgery.
Cataract surgery with Dr. Jindal is a relatively simple process that takes about 30 minutes. If you have cataracts in both eyes, you’ll need two appointments as it is standard of care that only one eye is done during an individual surgery.
During the surgery, you will be given numbing drops and medication to help you relax. For this reason, you’ll need to have a second driver with you in order to drive you home. Cataract eye surgery involves removing the discolored, cloudy lens of the eye and replacing it with an advanced artificial lens that contains your glasses or contact lens prescription. This artificial lens allows patients to recover more youthful eyesight
A follow-up appointment will be scheduled the next day to test your eyes and ensure they are healing correctly. If you need cataract removal in your other eye, the second appointment is usually scheduled a few weeks after the first eye surgery in order to give the initial eye time to heal.
Instead of dealing with glasses after surgery, some patients may have the choice to upgrade to a new premium type of lens that will enable vision at multiple distances. In addition to the new lens implants available, less invasive surgical techniques have come to fruition to enable much faster healing. Despite the effectiveness of the cataract surgery, the preparation process may take weeks and various decisions will need to be made.
Good Candidates for Cataract Surgery
Good candidates for cataract surgery include individuals who have been told via a routine eye examination that they have cataracts and are experiencing significant vision loss due to the clouding of the lens of the eye. Most people do not start developing cataracts until after the age of 40, but cataracts can develop at any age. Some babies are even born with cataracts.
Treating Early Cataracts
If your vision isn’t significantly impaired, it may be a good idea to wait for cataract removal surgery. During this time glasses and/or contacts can help improve your vision. However, when corrective lenses no longer offer the desired amount of vision correction, our doctors typically recommends surgery to remove the cloudy lens and replace it with an artificial lens.
Cataract Surgery Risks
Cataract surgery is considered extremely safe. However, all surgeries carry some form of risk. If you notice any of these symptoms after your surgery, it is important to call New Century Ophthalmology right away.
- An eye infection
- Artificial lens moving or becoming dislocated within the eye
- Bleeding or swelling in the eye
- Detachment of the retina
- Development of a secondary cataract
- Development of glaucoma or increased eye pressure
- Slight inflammation of the eye
- Sudden droop of the eyelid