What are Cataracts?
Some people may be familiar with the changes in appearance cataracts cause, which include milky cloudiness. The early stages of this condition often have little noticeable effect on your ability to see however, as the cataract progresses, patients have difficulty performing regular tasks such as driving and reading. There are different types of cataracts, which include:
- Subcapsular Cataracts: This occurs at the back of the lens.
- Nuclear Cataracts: These cataracts begin at the center of the lens and often result in a temporary enhancement of patients’ vision—called second sight—before progressing.
- Cortical Cataracts: This form of the condition begins at the edge of the lens and progresses towards its center.
How to Correct Cataracts?
There are measures you can take to help prevent or manage cataracts. Some of those things include maintaining a healthy lifestyle and preventing overexposure to UV rays. If you have cataracts and are looking for a more permanent solution, we provide refractive cataract surgery to help remove cataracts and improve your vision.
What is Refractive Cataract Surgery?
Refractive cataract surgery is a permanent lens replacement procedure. This procedure could correct your vision as well as remove the cataracts from your eyes. This procedure goes beyond the standard cataracts surgery. This procedure replaces the natural lens with an advanced lens instead of correcting the natural lens. By replacing the natural lens with an advanced lens, it removes the cloudiness from the lens and improves vision. Having this surgery could mean decreasing your dependency on glasses or contact lens.
Your eye will be dilated with eye drops before surgery. Next, with drops or an injection of anesthesia, your surgeon will numb your eye. Then at least one small incision will be made into the eye using a special surgical tool. To help stabilize the inside and maintain eye pressure, a fluid substance called viscoelastic is injected into the eye.
During this procedure, a hollow tip is inserted into the eye. Ultrasonic energy travels through the tip to break the cataract apart. As the cataract is shattered, the tip of the instrument sucks out the broken fragments.
Keep in mind that the cataract is in the natural lens of your eye, which became cloudy. So, when we remove the cataract, your lens is removed. This means that you will need an artificial lens as a replacement. An advanced lens is inserted and fits into the cavity where the original lens of your eye was once located.
After cataract surgery, most people do not require sutures because the wound seals itself. Instead, , a bandage is applied, and a shield is taped over the eye. You'll probably need to wear your eye shield while you're sleeping for about a week for extra protection.
Is Refractive Cataract Surgery right for me?
If you have cataracts you should consider having refractive cataract surgery. If you are having any of the issues mentioned above schedule an appointment with your eye doctor today!