Cataracts are one of the leading causes of blindness in the world, with more than twenty-five million people affected each year. Significant loss of vision, however, is often preventable and even restorable as advances in cataract surgery have allowed for predictable and excellent results. Millions of people undergo this vision-improving procedure every year and emerge with their vision restored.
Here at the Hawaii Eye Institute we are committed to the treatment of cataracts.
A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye that affects vision. Most cataracts are related to aging. Cataracts are very common in older people and the average age at the time of cataract surgery is around 70 years of age. A cataract can occur in either or both eyes. It cannot spread from one eye to the other.
If you are finding that cataracts are starting to interfere with your normal activities and work life, it may be the best time to consider cataract surgery. If cataracts are the only issue, and the overall health of your eye is well, the probability of gaining clearer vision post-cataract surgery is greater than 95%. Our patients are continuously satisfied with the results of their cataract surgery and are pleased with their clear vision.
During the surgery, Dr. Schmidt will perform a microsurgical technique known as “phacoemulsification” where a small incision is made at the edge of the cornea to create an opening in the layer surrounding the clouded lens. A small ultrasonic probe is inserted into the incision, which vibrates and gently breaks the damaged lens into small fragments. Using a small suction instrument, your physician will suction out the destroyed lens so that the new permanent lens (IOL) can be positioned into the eye. Prior to the procedure, you and your physician will discuss which intraocular lens best suits your vision and lifestyles. This lens will be implanted behind the pupil, giving you a clearer vision post-cataract surgery. The procedure does not require stitches due to the small size of the incision and the natural healing abilities of the cornea. Within a few days, your sight should improve and visual quality will become more clear.
Like any surgical procedure, there are potential risks involved with cataract surgery. Dr. Schmidt will discuss the benefits of cataract surgery as well as all possible complications. One of the most common complications arising after the cataract procedure is inflammation and swelling at the back of the eye, causing an increase in eye pressure and potential retinal detachment. In some rare cases, the IOL may not function properly and may move. In this situation, our physicians will assess the functionality of the IOL and determine if repositioning, replacement or overall removal is the best option for you. It is important to attend your follow-up appointments with the specialist so they can properly monitor your eye’s healing process and health. Hawaii Eye Institute strives to provide all of our patients with safe procedures and clear results!
Although cataract surgery is a safe and effective procedure, you may find yourself seeking alternative treatment options. Cataract symptoms can be improved with eyeglasses and additional optical instruments; however, these tools will not treat the cataract itself.
To find out which treatment options are best for you and your vision needs, call us today to schedule an appointment.
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