If you've been told that you have cataracts, you're not alone. Each year, nearly 2 million people undergo successful cataract surgery to restore clear vision. At Virginia Eye Consultants, we have pioneered advanced technologies that make the procedure safe and comfortable with a fast recovery time.
What are cataracts?
Cataracts are the leading cause of poor vision in adults. However, the development of cataracts does not have to mean loss of sight. Treatment of cataracts is over 95% successful in restoring good vision.
A cataract is the clouding of the eye's lens. This lens, which is responsible for focusing an image after it enters the eye, is normally crystal clear. A cloudy lens will block the passage of light through the eye, resulting in cloudy or blurred vision that can only be corrected by replacing this lens.
Symptons may include:
- Dimming or blurring vision
- Halos or glare around lights
- Double vision
- Desaturated colors
- Sensation of "film" in one's vision
- Frequent changing or cleaning of glasses
- Difficulty driving or reading
A cataract usually cannot be viewed from outside of the eye and must be diagnosed during an eye examination. A variety of methods are used to determine the type, size and location of the cataract. The instruments used in this diagnostic process are used to illuminate and magnify the structures of the eye.
If diagnosed, a cataract cannot simply be cleared by medication, eye drops or a change in diet. The only way to restore clear vision is to have the cloudy cataract lens surgically removed, while a replacement lens must be used to see clearly. This artificial lens can be in the form of cataract glasses, contact lenses, or an intraocular lens implant (IOL).
A premium IOL or LifeStyle Lens is the GOLD STANDARD in lens replacement today. It allows the patient the ability to experience excellent near, intermediate and distance vision.
Expected Results from Cataract Surgery
Patients can expect a rapid return to good vision following cataract surgery. Today's modern surgical techniques and technology have made cataract surgery one of the most successful surgical procedures performed in the United States. However, some patients will need to wear glasses for reading and other activities following the procedure.
Since general anesthesia is normally not required, most patients experience a very rapid recovery, returning home within hours. The eye will take several days to weeks to heal completely. However, most patients are able to return to their normal lives the day after surgery! Returning to an active lifestyle is one of the primary benefits of cataract surgery.
Learn More Today
We invite you to call and learn more about the LenSx® laser and our LifeStyle Lens® cataract procedures. Click here or Call 1(800) 321-EYES (3937) now to schedule your consultation with one of our surgeons and learn about your options to eliminate cataracts.