As quite a prolific eye disease, plenty of research has been invested in understanding and treating cataracts. Today, removal surgery is one of the most heavily practiced procedures in North America and boasts extremely high success rates.
Over time, the lens at the front of your eye can yellow and opacify. This opacification is a cataract, and it affects your ability to perceive colour or to see and clearly.
While cataracts are a painless growth, they can significantly hinder your vision.
They tend to develop over time, quite naturally, as a result of aging. That said, they can occur in children (a condition known as congenital cataracts) and several risk factors exist which could increase your chances of developing one.
As a tried and tested procedure, the vast majority of patients undergo cataract removal surgery without any complications.
Your eye is numbed using a local anesthetic, and then the pupil is dilated using special eye drops. These initial steps maximise your comfort and improve the ability to see inside your eye.
The surgery itself involves using directed ultrasound to gently break up the cataract. It is then removed via suction and your new intraocular lens is put in place. You will then be given an eye patch to wear until the dilation wears off, and that’s it. Since cataracts cannot grow on the new lens, the problem will be permanently alleviated.
Post-op recovery can take a few weeks, however we will be with you every step of the way. We’ll always be by the phone if you have any questions, so don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any concerns.