If you’ve been told that you have cataracts, you’re not alone. Each year, nearly 2 million people undergo successful cataract surgery to restore clear vision. At Premier Vision Consultants, we have pioneered advanced technologies that make the procedure safe and comfortable with a fast recovery time.
What Are Cataracts?
Cataracts are the leading cause of poor vision in adults. However, the development of cataracts does not have to mean loss of sight. Treatment of cataracts is over 95% successful in restoring good vision.
A cataract is the clouding of the eye’s lens. This lens, which is responsible for focusing an image after it enters the eye, is normally crystal clear. A cloudy lens will block the passage of light through the eye, resulting in cloudy or blurred that can only be corrected by replacing this lens.
Symptoms of cataracts may include:
- Dimming or blurring vision
- Halos or glare around lights
- Double vision
- Desaturated colors
- Sensation of “Film” in one’s vision
- Frequent changing or cleaning of glasses
- Difficulty driving or reading
A cataract usually cannot be viewed from outside of the eye and must be diagnosed during an eye examination. A variety of methods are used to determine the type, size and location of the cataract. The instruments used in this diagnostic process are used to illuminate and magnify the structures of the eye.
If diagnosed, a cataract cannot simply be cleared by medication, eye drops or a change in diet. The only way to restore clear vision is to have the cloudy cataract lens surgically removed, while a replacement lens must be used to see clearly. This artificial lens can be in the form of cataract glasses, contact lenses, or an intraocular lens (IOL).
A premium IOL is the GOLD STANDARD in lens replacement today. Dr. Villazon is currently impanting the AcrySof IQ TORIC IOL for astigmatism as well as the TECNIS multifocal IOL.
Multifocal lens implants such as the TECNIS lens are designed to provide a full range of vision. The goal of the TECNIS lens is to allow you see things near, far, and everything in-between, without the need for glasses. The TECNIS® Multifocal Family of IOLs are the only multifocal IOLs capable of providing high-quality vision (20/25) throughout the full range of vision: distance, intermediate and near.
Vision after cataract surgery with MONOFOCAL IOL
Vision after cataract surgery with MULTIFOCAL IOL
A toric lens is specifically designed to address those patients who have significant amounts of astigmatism. In years past, cataract surgery removed the cataract, but a patient with high amounts of astigmatism still required glasses for near and distance. The design of a toric lens makes it possible to reduce or eliminate astigmatism and significantly improve uncorrected distance vision, reducing your reliance on glasses dramatically. Our surgeon will help to determine if a toric lens is right for you during your evaluation.
Expected Results from Cataract Surgery
Patients can expect a rapid return to good vision following cataract surgery. Today’s modern surgical techniques and technology have made cataract surgery one of the most successful surgical procedures performed in the United States. However, some patients will need to wear glasses for reading and other activities following the procedure.
Since general anesthesia is normally not required, most patients experience a very rapid recovery, returning home within hours. The eye will take several days to weeks to heal completely. However, most patients are able to return to their normal lives the day after surgery!
Returning to an active lifestyle is one of the primary benefits of cataract surgery.