WHAT ARE THE TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR CATARACTS?

Dr. Jim Martin 06/06/2016

eye-surgery-imagery.pngIf you have a cataract, you likely won't know about it until your eye doctor discovers its presence and brings it to your attention. Sure, you can live your normal life for a while with cataracts but they will eventually impair your vision and affect your daily life. It is prudent to have your cataracts treated before the problem spirals out of control. Let's take a look at how cataracts are treated.

Traditional Cataract Surgery

Surgery on your eyes might sound rather gruesome,yet cataract surgery is actually one of the more popular surgeries performed in the United States and other developed countries. All in all, over 1.5 million cataract surgeries are performed each year in the United States. The surgery carries minimal risk and the rate of success is extremely high. Over 90 percent of those who undergo cataract surgery experience improved vision.

Cataract surgery is typically performed on an outpatient basis. The surgeon uses a hand-held blade made of either metal or diamond to make a small incision in the cornea. The deteriorated lens is completely removed from the eye. Once removed, the cloudy lens is replaced with a clear artificial intraocular lens (IOL). A number of different IOLs exist, ranging from the traditional variety to multifocal, toric, etc.

Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery

It is also worth noting that cataracts can be removed with laser-assisted surgery. This surgery involves the use of a femtosecond laser and a surgical plan's three-dimensional image of the eye. The laser is used to make the incision rather than an actual blade. An artificial IOL is then inserted to replace the cloudy lens.

Non-Surgical Options for Cataracts

Surgery to remove your cataracts is not the only way to eliminate the problem. It is possible to put off surgery for months or even years if you are willing to use other vision aids such as contact lenses and eyeglasses. These aids are ideal for those who have suffered minimal vision loss (if any) and still enjoy a high quality of life even with a cataract. In some instances, cataracts sufferers will find that their vision can be remedied to a tolerable level with a simple change in their prescription.
 
If you would like to learn more about cataracts treatment options, Broome Optical can help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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