A cataract is the gradual clouding of your eye’s lens as it ages.
For some people, this clouding results in increasingly blurred vision
that may lead to blindness if
cataract surgery is not performed. If you suffer from cataracts, visit your ophthalmologist
and familiarize yourself with this guide to cataract surgery.
Many patients first learn that they have a cataract when they report to
their opthalmologist with minor symptoms of blurred vision or sensitivity
to glare. If the vision loss worsens or the cataract begins to impede
daily activities such as reading or driving, your eye doctor will likely
recommend surgery. There is no way to prevent or reverse the damage caused
by cataracts with medication. Fortunately, health insurance covers the
procedure, and more than
98% of patients experience significant improvement.
Cataract surgery is not painful, and the entire procedure takes less than
20 to 30 minutes for most patients. First, your doctor will fully numb
the eye area and administer sedatives if necessary. She will then remove
the cloudy lens by using a microscope to operate through a tiny incision.
Finally, a permanent artificial lens is inserted into the eye. In most
cases, the natural lens is replaced with a permanent intraocular lens implant.
Unlike a contact lens, this lens implant does not need to be cleaned or
replaced. The artificial lens molds to the eye and cannot be felt.
Most patients are able to walk around and resume regular daily activities
almost immediately after the operation. Although vision is initially blurred,
it will significantly improve by the end of the first week. Most people
are able to resume work and exercise, although eyedrops are typically
prescribed and used for several weeks after the procedure. This includes
an antibiotic eyedrop to ward off infection as well an anti-inflammatory
drop to expedite the recovery and healing process.
Blurred vision caused by cataracts can be surgically corrected by an experienced
opthalmologist. Begin your path to clear eyesight today by calling the
NYC Vista Laser Vision office of
Dr. Mark Hornfeld at (212) 580-8881.