It is unfortunate, but around 24.5 million people suffer from cataracts in the United States alone. You may know that cataracts are a clouding of the lens of the eye. Cataracts are a normal, unavoidable part of the aging process and can begin to affect the clarity of vision as early as age 50. They usually develop slowly but will eventually result in blurry vision, difficulty reading and driving at night due to light sensitivity and glare. Early symptoms may be improved with a new glasses prescription or brighter lighting. But, when your vision starts to interfere with your lifestyle, it’s time to think about cataract surgery.
What to Expect
Cataract surgery is a comfortable outpatient procedure. Although it is surgery, the risks with modern cataract surgery are very low. It involves creating a microscopic incision through which the cataract is removed & a foldable intraocular lens (IOL) is implanted to replace the clouded lens. The small incision seals itself naturally & allows for comfortable & rapid healing.
Most patients notice an improvement in their vision that day and return to regular activities within a few days.