Once we hit age 50, most of us are likely to receive a cataract diagnosis from our eye doctor. This may seem troubling to many, especially considering the lack of vision loss related symptoms in the past. Thankfully, with all of the advances in medical technology and techniques, cataract surgery is a useful and accurate procedure. It is entirely possible to improve vision and reduce clouding.
During cataract surgery, the lens inside your eye, the portion that has become cloudy over time, is removed and replaced by an artificial lens. This particular lens, known as an intraocular lens, is designed to restore vision and remove any cloudiness.
The procedure is performed as an outpatient surgery, which does not require a lengthy stay at the hospital or another care facility. The process itself involves a high-frequency ultrasound device designed to break up the cloudy lens into smaller pieces. Your eye doctor will then gently remove each piece using suction. Overall, it is a relatively easy and painless procedure to undergo.
Laser Cataract Surgery
In recent years, advances in femtosecond lasers have been approved by the FDA for cataract surgery. These lasers work by creating intricate corneal incisions that offer access to the lens. By removing the anterior capsule of the lens and fragmenting the cataract. The procedure is relatively new and more expensive than traditional cataract surgery options, however.
Recent studies have shown that lasers improve the overall accuracy of specific steps in the cataract surgery. With that being said, laser cataract surgery may not improve on recovery time or visual outcomes in each case.
To see if you’re right for cataract surgery, schedule a consultation appointment with Your Eye Specialists. You can reach our friendly offices by calling 302-454-8800. Furthermore, we would be happy to answer any questions you may have!