The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery reports more than 98 percent of cataract patients have improved vision following cataract surgery. Cataract surgery is considered one of the most popular and highly successful procedures, with improved vision occurring in 90 percent of cases. Fortunately, cataracts cannot recur once the permanent surgery is completed and some patients report better vision than before the cataracts developed. Greater Ohio Eye Surgeons is proud of our success rate and we encourage patients to undergo this easy, painless and life-changing procedure.
Do you have cataracts?
As we age, our clear lens becomes progressively cloudy, yellow and hard. A cataract is an excess of clouding that causes an intrusion and scattering of light that results in blurred vision, poor night vision, persistent glare and an altered perception of colors. If you suffer from the following symptoms, you may want to consider cataract surgery:
- Clouded, blurred or dim vision
- Increasing difficulty with vision at night
- Sensitivity to light and glare
- Halos around lights
- The need for brighter light for reading and other activities
- Frequent changes in eyeglass or contact lens prescription
- Fading or yellowing of colors
- Double vision in a single eye
Restoring your vision
Once you have decided that cataracts are interfering with your ability to perform daily tasks and decreasing your quality of life, traditional cataract surgery is the next step. After meeting with your ophthalmologist, the two of you will choice between a monofocal intraocular lens implant (IOL) or premium monofocal intraocular lens implant. A standard IOL does not provide vision at more than one distance, and will still require the patient to wear corrective lenses for reading or driving purposes. With custom cataract surgery, the premium IOL allows you to see both near and far.
The surgery only takes 10-30 minutes, and topical or local anesthesia is used with a mild sedative to prepare you for surgery. Patients may note a slight pressure sensation and a “light show” during the procedure, but there should be no pain. The natural lens is broken up using an undetectable ultrasound that removes the cataract from the eye, and incisions are small and usually self-sealing. Surgery can only be done one eye at a time, but the other eye can be scheduled as early as 1-2 weeks later.
Schedule an appointment with Greater Ohio Eye Surgeons today to discuss your cataract surgery options.