A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens and is typically caused by aging. It is a result of protein build up that gradually opacifies the lens and leads to blurry vision, glare sensitivity, dulled colors, poor night vision and often increased nearsightedness (myopia). Cataracts can be removed through minimally invasive cataract surgery, which is a quick, highly precise and safe ambulatory procedure
During your initial consultation we will determine whether or not your visual impairment is caused by cataracts and we will rule out any other conditions that may need to bead dressed prior to surgery. In order to do this, we will conduct at rough evaluation to determine your current health status and quality of vision. This is followed by a meticulous examination of the complete anatomy of the eye, supported by multiple cutting-edge technologies.
Although technology does not replace good clinical skills and judgement, it is necessary to precisely measure the different dimensions of the eye, which are required to select the ideal intra ocular lens implant (IOL). In addition, other conditions that could affect the surgical results are considered, and in many cases treated before surgery in order to maximize visual outcomes.
Having cataracts does not necessarily mean that surgery is required. In fact, most people have some degree of cataracts as a consequence of aging, but surgery is only required when the cataract noticeably affects daily life activities
Cataract Surgery is one of the most successful surgical procedures in medicine.The basic replacement of a cloudy lens with a transparent intra ocular implant has evolved into a highly advanced procedure that not only restores clarity but, in many cases, eliminates the need for glasses. Because it is a quick outpatient procedure that requires minimal anesthesia, it also ensures a fast recovery with most patients being able to enjoy their improved vision a few days after surgery. With that being said, there are different approaches and techniques that can be utilized to meet each individual’s needs.
Laser assisted cataract surgery shifts some of the critical steps of the procedure from the surgeon’s hands to a computer guided Femtosecond laser. The procedure combines high resolution and real time imaging of the anterior segment of the eye to guide the laser in performing incisions and dissolution of the cataract material.
Often times, patients are told that they need laser assisted cataract surgery. Laser assisted cataract surgery is not a necessity, however, it adds an additional level of safety and precision.
Following surgery, you will still feel a mild sedation, however, it will wear off after a few hours. Most cases do not require any stitches, and there will be no need for a patch. During the first week after surgery, you will need to protect your operated eye while sleeping by placing a plastic shield over it. Throughout this initial period, you should also avoid rubbing your eyes, heavy lifting or allowing dirt or fluids to come in direct contact with the operated eye.
In addition, antibiotic drops will be required during the first week after surgery. Anti-inflammatory drops, however, will be required for several weeks following surgery in order to control normal post-operative inflammation.
Believe it or not, cataracts can form even before we are born. Although rare, congenital cataracts may be present in newborns for different reasons. However, most of the cataracts that we do surgery on are caused by aging. Although symptoms are usually seen after the age of 65, symptomatic cataracts can occur at younger ages. These are usually caused by injuries, certain medications such as corticosteroids, previous intraocular surgery, or diabetes and other diseases.