With modern surgical techniques and advanced technology, cataract surgery is one of the most successful surgical procedures performed today. The board certified surgeons at Anderson Eye Associates specialize in outpatient cataract surgery.
No-stitch cataract surgery through Andersen Eye Associates is performed on an outpatient basis. Most patients return home only a few hours after the procedure, with little or no need for pain medication and the expectation of a rapid return to good vision.
A cataract forms when the lens of the eye turns cloudy and hardens, and it interferes the passage of light through the eye and onto the retina. As a result, the image that reaches the brain is cloudy, resulting in poor vision. Vision loss is usually gradual as the cataract develops. The only way to restore clear vision is to surgically remove the lens and replace it with an intraocular lens implant. This implant gives the patient a permanent focusing device for the eye, and requires no care after surgical healing is complete.
A cataract is caused by a change in the chemical composition of the lens and is most commonly caused by the natural aging process. Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent the development of cataracts; everyone will eventually develop the problem with age.
Although most commonly seen in adults after the age of 40, cataracts can occur at any age. The condition may be present at birth or caused by injury to the eye. Infections and other eye diseases, such as glaucoma and eye tumors, may cause the development of a cataract.
Since a cataract is the clouding of the lens inside the eye, it is not readily visible and must be diagnosed during an eye examination. A variety of instruments, including an ophthalmoscope and a slit lamp, are used to determine the type, size and location of the cataract. If a cataract is diagnosed, several other tests—including contrast sensitivity, A-scans, potential acuity measurement and endothelial cell count—are performed.
Unfortunately, a cataract cannot 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. After the cloudy lens is surgically removed, 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 implant (IOL). At Andersen Eye, we offer the AcrySof ReSTOR lens, a breakthrough lens for cataract surgery that lets patients see from near to far, usually without glasses. To read more information on implants, please see Premium Intra-Ocular Lens.
Some patients experience cloudy vision after cataract surgery that may require an outpatient laser procedure. Download Yag Laser PDF for more information on post-surgery treatment.
Development of the cataract itself is not an indication that immediate surgery is required. A cataract is removed when loss of vision begins to interfere with daily activities.
If you think you may be developing a cataract, contact us today to schedule an eye examination.
Andersen Eye Associates proudly serves the Greater Saginaw region including Flint, Frankenmuth, Bay City, Midland, Bridgeport, Bad Axe, Mount Pleasant, and surrounding areas.