Understanding Cataract Surgery

Process of cataract surgery in modern clinic

Cataract surgery explained

If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with cataracts, you may be wondering what exactly this condition is and how it can be treated. Cataracts are a common eye problem caused by the buildup of protein in the lens of the eye, which leads to blurred vision. While they can occur at any age, cataracts are most often seen in older adults.

Read on to learn more about this condition and its treatment options.

What is a cataract and how does it form?

A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s normally clear lens caused by the clumping of special proteins in the lens, which can interfere with the way light passes into the eye. This can lead to blurred vision, haziness, glare and other common vision problems. To replace the cloudy lens with an artificial one, cataract surgery must be performed. This allows for improved vision and eliminates any further cataracts from forming since cataracts cannot form on artificial lenses. If you believe you might have a cataract, seeking consultation from a trusted eye specialist is recommended!

How do cataracts affect your vision?

While glasses or contact lenses can help to improve vision in people with mild cataracts, surgery is typically needed to treat more advanced cases. During cataract surgery, the clouded lens is removed and replaced with an artificial one. In most cases, surgery is successful in restoring clear vision. Cataracts typically occur in people over the age of sixty and can cause blurred vision, sensitivity to light, difficulty reading and seeing street signs, and changes in colour perception. If cataracts are detected by an eye specialist or cataract surgeon early enough, cataract surgery may be recommended as a treatment.

When should you consider surgery to remove a cataract?

If you begin to notice signs of clouding or blurred vision in one or both eyes, it may be time to consider cataract surgery. The decision to proceed with cataract surgery should not be taken lightly and can always be discussed with an eye specialist or cataract surgeon. Everyone’s vision needs are different and they will be happy to help assess your individual situation and assist you in finding a solution that works for you.

What happens during cataract surgery, and what can you expect afterwards?

Cataract surgery is a common procedure that can help restore your vision. During cataract surgery, an eye specialist will first numb the area around your eye with anesthetic to ensure you don’t feel pain during the procedure. The cataract surgeon then makes a tiny incision in the cornea and inserts a hollow needle connected to an ultrasound device to break up cataracts and remove them from your eye. A cataract surgeon or eye specialist will be able to answer any questions you have about cataract surgery and what to expect afterwards so that you have peace of mind heading into the procedure.

Speak with an eye specialist about cataract surgery

Offering treatments for a wide range of eye conditions, Sydney Eye Specialists have access to the latest technology. Offering evidence-based clinical care, their eye specialists provide the highest standard of surgical and medical ophthalmic care in a safe, comfortable clinic. Phone 02 97 44 8470 to make an appointment with a specialist today. Or view their entire range of treatments online.

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