So you have a cataract, now what?

September 22nd, 2016 by Carolina Eye Associates

A cataract is a progressive cloudiness, hardening, and yellowing of the normally transparent lens of the eye.

It can cause images to become blurred and bright colors to become dull. It can also make seeing at night more difficult. Vision with cataracts is often described as seeing through an old, cloudy film.

  • Is your vision blurry or foggy?
  • Do colors appear dull or muted?
  • Are your glasses no longer working?
  • Does sunlight or other light seem overly bright or glaring?
  • Do you have decreased night vision or see halos around lights?

If so, you may have cataracts. Many believe cataracts have to be “ripe” before they can be removed. This is no longer true. Today cataract surgery can be performed as soon as your vision interferes with the quality of your life. Cataract surgery is generally a simple, outpatient procedure with little discomfort. First, an anesthetic is given to numb the nerves in and/or around the eye. The procedure involves making a tiny incision in the eye. The surgeon then inserts a small instrument into the eye to break up the cloudy lens using ultrasound. The lens is then removed from the eye and a new, artificial lens or intralocular lens (IOL) is then inserted through the same incision.

You will be able to go home the same day, normally within a few hours of the surgery. You will need to take someone with you to drive you home. Following surgery, you may be prescribed eye drops to prevent against infection, to reduce swelling and to help the eye heal. You may need to wear eye shields for a few days following surgery. Most patients see well within a few days of recovery, though your vision may continue to improve for several days or weeks.

Depending on your individual needs and the intraocular lens you choose, you may still need to wear glasses or contact lenses following cataract surgery.

For more information call Carolina Eye at (910) 295-2095 or toll-free at (800) 733-5357.

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