Cataracts are an extremely common condition, affecting most people over the age of 50. There is no medical treatment that will reverse or prevent cataracts. Once cataracts start to form, they slowly get worse over a period of years until surgery is necessary to restore vision.
Today, cataract surgery is incredibly advanced and very safe. Fogg, Maxwell, Lanier & Remington EyeCare in Fresno, California offers cataract surgery for those who are tired of cloudy, blurry vision standing in their way of enjoying life. If you have been considering cataract surgery but are not sure where to start, call Fogg, Maxwell, Lanier & Remington EyeCare in Fresno, California for a consultation today!
Cataract surgery is performed on an outpatient basis and requires very little downtime and recovery. Many patients are surprised at how easy and effective cataract surgery can be. Cataract surgery has an incredibly high success rate, and many patients are able to see with more clarity than before they had cataracts.
You will arrive at the cataract surgery center in Fresno, California about an hour before your procedure. You will be offered a mild sedative to help you remain calm during the procedure, as well as a topical anesthetic for your eyes. This will make it so the procedure is pain-free and easy. Once the eye is completely numb, one of our doctors will prop the eye open so that it will not move during the procedure.
A small incision is made in the cornea, through which the surgeon will insert a tiny ultrasonic probe. This device will break up the cataract affected lens using high-energy sound waves. This is a method called phacoemulsification. The cataract will be gently suctioned away and replaced with an IOL (intraocular lens). This incision is self-healing and quires no stitches. You will go home soon after the surgery and relax for the rest of the day. Most patients return to their normal activities within a day or two.
Once removed, the cataract will not grow back. On rare occasions the eye tissue that encloses the IOL can become cloudy, resembling symptoms of a cataract. This can happen months or years after cataract surgery. If this happens, a procedure called a YAG laser capsulotomy may be recommended to restore vision.