What To Expect From Cataract Treatment
Cataracts are a medical condition where a person’s eye lens becomes cloudy. As people age, it is possible for the proteins within the eye to break down and then combine, which creates a cloudy effect. Clouding in your eye can cause a number of symptoms including problems seeing at night, seeing a “halo” surrounding lights, and having double vision in one eye.
Having cataract surgery is an effective way to eliminate these symptoms and improve your vision. However, you may not know what to expect from receiving cataract treatment. As such, it is important to understand both the procedure and recovery period after cataract surgery.
The Cataract Treatment Process
The most effective way to treat cataracts is through surgery. We will break down each step of the procedure, so you have an understanding of how it works.
Eye Drops and an Anesthetic is Applied
Before the procedure can begin, the surgeon will apply eye drops to dilate your pupils. This is done to circumvent potential complications, such as endophthalmitis. Once the eye drops are applied, a topical anesthetic is used to numb any pain you might feel. This may also be paired with a sedative to help you relax, but that depends on your medical history.
An Incision is Made
After the anesthetic is administered, the surgeon will begin the operation by making a small incision underneath the cornea. Making the incision in the cornea provides the surgeon with easy access to the eye lens for cataract removal.
The Cataract is Removed and Replaced
The cloudy lens is broken up by ultrasonic waves and then removed by the surgeon. Any left over pieces of the cataract will then be gently suctioned out. Once the removal process is complete, the lens is then replaced with an artificial one. This artificial lens is known as an intraocular lens (IOL) and is permanently attached to the eye.
Schedule an Appointment at Central Eye Medical Group
Cataracts can significantly impact your quality of life. No one should have to worry about their vision, which is why you should come to Central Eye Medical Group. Contact us at 209-952-3700 to schedule an appointment with one our doctors today.
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