One of the most prolific eye conditions afflicting Americans today, cataracts are also the easiest to resolve. Cataract removal surgery is more popular than ever before, and with around 90% of us developing one by the age of 65, it’s just as well.
Cataracts rarely cause blindness or a visual impairment to the extent that you cannot function on a daily basis. However, a simple lens removal surgery will return full color vision and crisp eyesight to your life – you may not realize just how much you miss it!
If you are diagnosed with a cataract and decide to have it removed, we will refer you to a respected, proven surgeon for the procedure. However, we will personally provide you with all information, care and treatment required either side of the operation.
At this stage, the most important thing for you is to remain informed. We will advise you on any dietary restriction leading up to the surgery, provide you with the appropriate expectations, and give you pointers to make the recovery period a little easier.
Since cataract removal surgery is one of the most common practises in the US today, there are very few complications in the days and weeks following the procedure. However, if you do experience discomfort, pain, irritation or any abnormal sensation with your eye (or vision), then simply get in touch.
Even if you seem totally fine, we’ll call you back in for 1-2 assessments to ensure that nothing is going on behind-the-scenes which we should be concerned about.
As one of the few eye conditions which leaves obvious signs of its presence (namely the greying layer covering your eye), diagnosis is usually pretty straightforward. In fact, patients will often make appointments specifically to confirm the diagnosis – we have a few tests designed to do exactly that.
This is the eye test with which you are probably the most familiar – reading a series of letters from distance. If you have anything less than 20:20 vision, we know that there is a problem.
We focus quite an intense beam of light through a small slit and use it to illuminate your eye. This allows us to view your cornea, iris and lens, the areas where cataracts form. Using magnification, your optometrist can observe any abnormalities in the area which could indicate cataracts at any stage of development.
Because cataracts usually form quite slowly, there will be subtle impairments to your vision which may go unnoticed. If colors become muted, or you feel like your eyesight is just a bit less sharp than you expect, you may have a cataract.
A practical example for people with glasses is that you clean and clean and clean your lenses, but they still appear a little cloudy or dirty. It’s very possible that you have a cataract and that it, not your glasses, is the source of the smudged visual.
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should make an appointment, especially if you’re quite far from your next annual exam. We’ll be happy to confirm the diagnosis for you.
We are located near the corner of W Smith Valley Rd and US 31, east of the Greenwood High School and post office.