What You Need to Know About Cataract Surgery
Everybody wants to look 10/10 with a 20/20 vision
Soon when you reach the age of 50 and above, your doctor might tell you, “You have cataracts,” and found yourself needing surgery.
According to Forbes, by the age of 80, almost 50% of people in that age group will develop cataracts. It has become a part of aging. If you don’t know what cataract is, it’s a condition where the lens of the eye becomes cloudy or opaque. These cloudy areas will affect a person’s vision – to the point where colors will seem duller, serious glare especially at nights, lights will irritate your eyes, seeing halo around bright lights will become more frequent as it worsens, and overall vision become less sharp.
Cataracts are slow forming and they develop gradually over time. Most people would notice the changes in the sharpness of their vision, but when daily activities like reading and driving become more difficult, surgery might be the only option to restore normal vision. Cataracts can cause irreversible vision loss that cannot be corrected using glasses, lenses and not even LASIK.
Unfortunately, there is no known measures to prevent cataracts from forming, but you can routinely wear sunglasses and stop smoking to slow down their development and severity. In cataracts surgery, the procedure involves removing the eye lens and replacing it with a synthetic one.
To give you a clearer picture, here’s what the procedure will look like:
- A small incision is made in the front surface of the eye with a scalpel or a laser.
- A circular hole is then cut in the front of the thin membrane (anterior capsule) that encloses the eye’s natural lens.
- Typically the lens is then broken into smaller pieces with a laser or an ultrasonic device so it can be easily removed from the eye.
- Once the entire lens is removed, it is replaced with a clear implant called an intraocular lens (IOL) to restore vision. In most cases, the eye heals quickly after surgery without stitches.
With modern technology, you can rest assured that most cataract procedures replace your eye’s natural lens with IOL, intraocular lens to correct your distance vision to 20/20 without the need for any glasses or lenses. Operation time would only take 30 to 60 minutes, and recovery would take 4 to 6 weeks. It’s painless, quick and requires no stitches.
Preparation before the surgery
Once you have decided that cataract surgery is the best for you or your loved ones, you should make good preparations to ensure a smooth procedure. Here are some tips:
- Ensure that your eye area is properly cleaned and makeup free
- Do not use makeup, perfume, lotions, cologne or aftershave on the day of the surgery
- Dress comfortably
- Bring a driver to drive you
- Have a light meal or snack beforehand
- Drink a lot of plain water and avoid caffeine
- Do not forget to bring the eye drops prescribed for the surgery
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