What are the treatment options?
If the impairment or symptoms caused by cataracts are affecting reading, writing, working or enjoying the things you want to do, then it may be time to consider surgery. Cataract surgery is nearly painless and is the only proven means of effectively treating cataracts. Surgeries have been performed on cataracts for over a century and has evolved with the times and changing technology.
The procedure, phacoemulsification, is performed as an outpatient procedure. The surgery itself takes approximately 15-30 minutes. To summarize, the eye surgeon makes a small incision on or around the cornea, removes the cloudy lens then inserts the new intraocular lens into place. With this technique clear vision is restored almost immediately and the eye heals rapidly without stitches. The cataract procedure is performed the same way with most patients except for the type of intraocular lens (IOL).
What are my restrictions after cataract surgery?
After surgery, you will have to take eye drops to prevent infection and swelling. For the first week following surgery, you will wear a metal eye shield at bedtime. You should not rub the operated eye. We also recommend not lifting anything more than 25 pounds for about 2 weeks after surgery. You may resume your normal activities without restrictions 2-4 weeks after surgery, unless otherwise directed by your doctor. Always refer to your doctor’s instruction if you are unsure of your specific restrictions.
If you are considering cataract surgery in Michigan request an appointment with Crew & Boss Eye Associates today! Imagine your clear vision after cataract surgery.
About 30% of patients that have cataract surgery will develop what is commonly referred to as a ‘secondary cataract,’ or posterior capsule opacity. This is when the eye’s natural capsule that is used to hold the new, artificial lens in place during cataract surgery, becomes cloudy or opaque, causing a decrease in vision.
Treatment for this condition requires a laser called a YAG Capsulotomy. This procedure is quick, painless and can be performed right in the office. If you are having vision difficulties following cataract surgery, call Crew and Boss Eye Associates today for an evaluation.