Thanks to recent advancements in technology and surgical techniques, cataract surgery has become one of the safest and most effective surgical procedures performed today. Each year more than one million seniors have their cataracts successfully removed and as of April 2020, The Wright Eye Center has performed 44,436 cataract surgeries.
More than 50% of people over the age of 60 – and a large percentage of those younger – have vision that is impaired by cataracts. Cataracts are so common that everyone will eventually develop a cataract if they live long enough. Despite recent breakthroughs in technology and surgical techniques, cataracts continue to be one of the leading causes of poor vision among seniors worldwide. The length of time for a cataract to develop can vary from a few months to several years. Vision loss from cataracts is gradual, which is why many patients have difficulty noticing the early symptoms. Some patients do not know when they should have their cataracts removed. Due to the advances in modern medicine, there is no reason to suffer with cataracts anymore! Join the millions who now enjoy the beauty of restored vision through the miracle of modern-day cataract surgery. Here are some signs and symptoms of cataracts:
Signs & symptoms of cataracts
A cataract occurs when the lens of the eye becomes cloudy. At first a cataract is small, so only a tiny part of your lens is affected, and you may not notice it. Over time, however, the cataract will grow and cause cloudy vision.
When you have cataracts, your lens slowly changes to a yellowish or brownish color. This adds a brownish tint to your vision. As with cloudy vision, the change in tint may at first be so slight you may not notice a vision problem. However, with time, the tinting or fading of colors can increase, making it more difficult to perform everyday tasks, such as reading or watching television. As the lens discoloration advances, you may not be able to identify colors, especially blue and purple.
This happens when a person used to be able to see really well far away but needed reading glasses. All of a sudden they don’t need reading glasses anymore, but their distance vision has gotten much worse. This is a sign that the cataract is starting to evolve. It’s caused a change in the lens, and the patient has become very nearsighted. The change is only temporary. In a very short period of time, however, the lens will become very cloudy, and his or her vision may further deteriorate.
People who used to be able to drive well at night and who did not get a lot of glare or star-bursting from oncoming cars find it much more difficult to drive at night.
If you are developing cataracts, you may find that light from the sun, an oncoming car’s headlights, or lamps seem too bright. Cataracts can cause you to see glare or halos around the light sources.
What is a cataract?
A cataract is a progressive clouding of the eyes natural lens that interferes with light passing through to the retina. Cataract patients often describe the condition as being similar to looking through a film or piece of wax paper. Currently, there is no medical treatment to reverse or prevent the development of cataracts. Once they form, there is only one way to achieve clear vision again, and that is to surgically remove the cataract from the eye.
Be Pleasantly surprised by Advanced Techniques
At The Wright Eye Center, many of our patients are pleasantly surprised when they learn that we are now performing cataract removal and lens implantation surgery without stitches or shots.
Through advanced techniques for cataract surgery in Colorado Springs, we now use ultrasound waves to remove your cataract with a procedure known as phacoemulsification. We use topical anesthesia (eye drops) and I.V. sedation, which allows our patients the fastest possible visual recovery. It is not unusual for our patients to enjoy improved vision within hours of their procedure. The majority of our cataract patients return to normal daily activities less than 24 hours after their procedure.
How is Cataract Surgery Performed?
The first step is to make a small opening in the front of the capsule that supports the natural lens or cataract.
The next step is to insert the phacoemulsification tip. This is the device that the cataract using ultrasound. The ultrasound breaks up the cataract and allows it to gently be vacuumed from the eye.
The lens is then folded and inserted into the eye using the same tiny incision as the phacoemulsification tip. The incision is self-sealing and usually does not require stitches.
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