Why Is Cataract Surgery Necessary?

Posted by: Missouri Eye Institute in Blog on January 11, 2021

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Do you have cataracts? Did you know that the only way to treat cataracts effectively is by having cataract surgery?

Cataracts develop on the lens of your eye, causing it to become cloudy and hard to see through.

As your lens becomes more cloudy, your sight decreases. Cataracts can leave you temporarily blind.

The only way to restore your vision is to have cataract surgery. It’s also the only way to remove or treat your cataracts.

You may already be experiencing the adverse effects of cataracts. One symptom of cataracts includes seeing a halo effect around lights.

If you see halos, it can be unsafe for you to drive. Other symptoms include blurred or foggy vision.

Experiencing these symptoms can make your vision appear as if you are looking through a foggy window. The negative effects of cataracts can decrease your quality of life.

They can make it impossible for you to complete your daily routine. Cataract surgery is the only way to fix these things.

Keep reading to learn more about cataract surgery!

Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is a simple procedure. It is one of the most commonly performed procedures you can have.

Before having cataract surgery, you’ll have your eyes numbed using eye drops. Using numbing eye drops helps to ensure you won’t feel any pain at all.

During cataract surgery, your cataract surgeon will create a small incision on the cornea. Ultrasound technology breaks apart and removes the cataract.

The natural lens and pieces of the cataract are both removed. After removing the cataract and lens, your surgeon will replace the natural lens with an artificial lens or intraocular lens.

The intraocular lens (IOL) restores your clear vision. There are many kinds of IOLs available. You should discuss your options with your eye doctor before you have cataract surgery.

They can recommend the best sort of IOL for you based on your lifestyle and visual needs. You should also consider whether you want to wear glasses or contacts after cataract surgery.

These decisions should make a difference when you’re choosing an IOL.

Cataract Surgery Recovery

Like any procedure, you’ll need to leave time to recover after having cataract surgery. The best thing that you can do is listen to all instructions from your cataract surgeon.

This will include taking any eye drops on the recommended schedule. You will also want to take it easy and relax as much as possible as you recover.

By relaxing, your eyes will have enough time to start the healing process. Even if you feel like you’re doing well, you should avoid any kinds of strenuous exercise that cause your eye pressure to increase.

Your vision may be unstable as you get used to the new IOL, but this should stabilize after a few days.

Cataracts greatly hinder your life. That’s why cataract surgery is necessary. It gives you back your vision and your freedom.

Are you ready to get your vision and your life back? The first step is a cataract screening. Schedule yours today with Missouri Eye Institute in Joplin, MO!

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