Kremer Eye Center Blog
Options for Cataract Surgery
October 5, 2018
A cataract is an issue that causes cloudy eyesight for many of all ages. While it can severely impair your vision over time, there are many options for cataract surgery that can remove them and help you see as clearly as possible.
To learn more about the options for cataract surgery and how they can restore your vision, here are a few things you need to know about the treatments available.
How Cataract Surgery Works
Thanks to advancements in procedures and technologies, cataract surgery at Kremer is relatively painless and only requires a few steps.
- First, the surgeon will administer topical anesthetic eye drops to desensitize the eye, and to minimize discomfort and pain during the surgery.
- After that, the surgeon creates a small opening in the eye. Using ultrasound, or phacoemulsification, the cataract is then dissolved and removed.
- Once the cataract is removed, the surgeon will replace the damaged natural lens with a synthetic lens. Cataract lenses will help restore and correct your vision, so that you can see clearly after the surgery.
A cataract surgery only takes a few minutes to complete. However, to reduce the risk of any issues during the procedure, surgeons at Kremer will focus on one eye at a time. After cataracts are removed from the first eye, patients should wait about two weeks before removing cataracts from the second eye.
As soon as the procedure is complete, patients may notice clearer eyesight. In fact, one of Kremer’s cataract patients even noted that she could have driven home if she had to after the surgery.
“On the way home after cataract surgery, I remember saying to my husband ‘I could have driven if I had to,’” she said.
“I had gone from a -8 contact lens in my right eye to 20/20. Most important, colors are much more vibrant now. I am now seeing leaves on a tree that’s a block away. And as a nurse, I drive a lot, sometimes 50 or more miles per day going to people’s homes, and the strain on me is so much less now that I can see so clearly.”
Dropless Cataract Surgery
Dropless Cataract Surgery is a low-risk treatment option that can help eliminate the need for eye drops for most patients before and after surgery.
During Dropless Cataract Surgery, a medicinal solution that contains antibiotics and an anti-inflammatory are applied to the eye. Once administered, the eye will absorb the medicine over the next month. This helps patients get the antibiotics and anti-inflammatory needed without having to deal with eye drops.
While this cataract treatment is an innovative solution that can simplify the recovery process, there are a few things all patients should know about this treatment. For example, most people who opt for this cataract surgery option may not need eye drops after the procedure. However, there are some who may need anti-inflammatory drops to better promote proper healing.
Also, the medication used may have side effects, such as floaters, increased eye pressure, and blurred vision. If you begin to experience increased redness, discharge, or pain following your surgery, contact your eye doctor immediately for treatment.
Cataract Lens Options
Cataract lens options are also available. Cataract lenses, or IOLs, are synthetic lenses that replace the natural lens during surgery. In addition to restoring your vision, IOLs can correct eyesight to help you see clearly.
Here are a few types of cataract lenses that can correct your vision after surgery.
- Monofocal IOLs have one focusing distance that can provide near, intermediate, or distance vision. Many patients use this cataract lens to improve their distance vision, but reading glasses may still be required to focus on nearby objects.
- Multifocal IOLs can help patients focus on all distances. These cataract lenses can help eliminate the need for glasses and contacts after surgery. Overall, these IOLs work best for patients with no eye issues and when they are implanted into both eyes.
- Toric IOLs are cataract lenses made to help correct astigmatism. These IOLs can reduce the need for contact lenses and glasses for patients with blurry vision. However, those with higher prescriptions may still need glasses to correct eyesight.
Cataracts can cause decreased vision for many of all ages, but these cataract surgery options and IOLs can help restore eyesight and eye health for years to come.
For more information about the cataract treatments and lenses available at Kremer Eye Center, schedule a consultation today.