Cataracts affect over 22 million Americans (in most cases age 40 or older) and are present in 90% of Americans 65 and older. Cataracts are the leading cause of visual loss in those over 55.
If you have been diagnosed with Cataracts, a surgery is typically performed to remove the clouded natural crystalline lens containing the cataract and replace it with a clear acrylic lens known as an intraocular lens.
During this procedure, your clouded or hard natural crystalline lens is removed and then replaced with a new artificial lens. You can expect the procedure to take less than 30 minutes and in most instances, patients notice improvement in their vision immediately after the procedure. For some, there may be an adjustment period where they experience halos and glare around light. In most cases, this goes away over time.
When having Cataract Surgery, only one eye is treated at a time and will book another surgery for a later time to take care of the other eye. Since Cataract surgery is outpatient, you won’t need to plan for an overnight stay. Most people are able to return to normal activities the day after their procedure.
Options for Intraocular Lenses:
Monofocal Intraocular Lens: Used to restore vision for one area of focus-usually distance. Reading glasses may still be needed.
Multifocal Intraocular Lens: Used to provide high-quality vision at multiple distances, with enhanced vision at a distinct distance customized to suit the patient’s lifestyle. These lenses may increase freedom from glasses.
Symfony Intraocular Lens: Used to provide high-quality continuous vision- from near to far and points in between- may reduce overall wearing of glasses.
Cataracts are highly treatable and through advances in both cataract surgery and lens implants, more people are experiencing full restoration of their vision than ever before. If you have been told you are in the early stages of developing cataracts, it is important that you familiarize yourself with the options that are available to you. At AbellEyes, we offer the latest technology in lens implants, enabling a full range of vision and decreased dependency on glasses! Our experienced physician and staff will educate you on all of your lens implant options and get you on the road to better vision.