Living with poor vision due to cataracts and relying on corrective glasses or contact lenses is not the optimal lifestyle for many people. Cataract treatment makes seeing clearly, looking your best, and experiencing life to the fullest an attainable reality.
Over a million cataract surgeries are performed every day around the world. Modern technological advances have made cataract surgery a safe and effective procedure when performed by an experienced, specialized surgeon. Most patients who undergo cataract surgery enjoy improved vision with little to no complications.
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Dr. Romero offers patients both traditional and bladeless cataract surgery techniques using the Femtosecond laser system (shown above).
Some patients may have better visual outcomes with bladeless surgery and this method is highly recommend if you have been diagnosed with astigmatism, or if the surgery may be complicated because of other underlying health reasons.
Understanding Cataracts and Dysfunctional Lens Syndrome
Cataracts are a natural result of aging eyes, and one of the most common causes of vision loss. The condition causes the lens to become cloudy and opaque, greatly affecting the clarity of vision.
For most people, changes in the quality of vision begin in the early 40s. This natural aging process is known as Dysfunctional Lens Syndrome (DLS). As we age, the clear lenses in our eyes become cloudy and opaque. This slow and progressive change happens to everyone at different rates.
By the age of 80, more than half of all Americans have either developed cataracts or have chosen to utilize cataract corrective surgery to restore their vision and enhance their daily lives.
Cataract Surgical Treatment
The symptoms of early onset of cataracts may improve with a new corrective lens prescription, and by maintaining conditions of brighter light to facilitate better vision. If these interventions fail to improve vision and quality of life, we recommend scheduling an eye exam to discuss cataract surgery.
During cataract surgery, your cloudy natural lens will be removed and replaced with a synthetic clear lens, known as an intraocular lens (IOL). The procedure usually takes about 15 minutes and is typically performed on an outpatient basis.
What type of intraocular implants (IOL) do we use for patients?
The type of lens used during your cataract surgery will depend on a number of factors, including your current vision and personal preferences. Dr. Romero offers several IOLs, including premium options, to meet the vision goals of every patient.
Premium IOL Benefits:
- Money Saver
- Safety First
What to Expect After Surgery
Benefits of Cataract Surgery
- Reduces dependency on glasses, even if you’ve had corrective lenses since childhood
- Saves patients money on glasses in the long run
- Reduces glare & halos
- Improves vision at night/in dark areas
- Eliminates cataracts
- Enhances color perception
Patients will have a follow-up appointment the day after surgery, and then another appointment one week later to check vision improvements and address any concerns. An additional follow-up appointment will take place 4 to 6 weeks after surgery for a complete vision assessment.
How long will my results last?
The new intraocular lens placed in your eye at the time of cataract surgery should last for the rest of your life. In roughly 30% of patients, a condition known as Posterior Capsule Opacity (PCO) may occur. This condition happens when the capsule (the outer lining wall of the cataract) that is left in place to hold the IOL implant in place becomes cloudy, and vision quality may decrease. When clouding of the capsule occurs, a YAG Capsulotomy laser treatment is used to remove the cloudy membrane and restore your vision. This procedure is very minor, lasting only 2 to 3 minutes, and it is coved by most major insurances.