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Do I Need Cataract Surgery Right Away?

March 26th, 2020

Older man reading about cataract surgery

Cataracts are a problem most of us must face at some point. They happen when the lenses in your eyes cloud over. This prevents light from entering and causes a wide array of vision problems.

Symptoms of cataracts include blurry vision, difficulty seeing in low light, prescription changes, glare, halos, and double vision. But cataracts grow slowly over time.

It means you can live with cataracts and not even know it! Cataracts can start developing as early as your forties or fifties.

Cataract surgery only becomes necessary if your quality of life is affected. Schedule a cataract screening in Bangor, Maine at Vision Care of Maine.

This is the best way to find out if you are developing cataracts, and when surgery may be appropriate if you are. Keep reading to learn more about cataract surgery and what to expect!

How Cataract Surgery Works

Cataract surgery involves more than removing a cataract. Cataracts grow inside the lens of the eye. As a result, cataract surgery involves removing the entire lens of the eye.

The lens is then replaced with an artificial lens or IOL. An IOL, short for intraocular lens, is a small and durable device that replaces the natural lens of the eye.

There are several different kinds of IOLs that have different functions. The standard type of IOL is called a monofocal IOL.

Monofocal IOLs correct vision at a single distance. This means that you will need to use glasses after cataract surgery.

There are also premium IOL options. Premium IOLs can provide sight at many distances. They may be able to correct your vision enough for you to not need glasses, even if you wore them before!

To remove the lens and make room for the IOL, your cataract surgeon will make an incision in the cornea. A small probe is then inserted through an opening into the pupil, and down to the lens.

The probe emits high-frequency sound waves. This is a process known as phacoemulsification that breaks the lens down.

The remaining pieces of the lens are then carefully removed. After removing all pieces of the lens, the IOL can take the place of the lens through insertion.

The incision made into the cornea is flap-like, so your surgeon can close it at the end of cataract surgery. The flap doesn’t need stitches. Instead, the cornea will reattach itself during the recovery process.

Recovering from Cataract Surgery

Recovering from surgery is never fun. The good news about recovering from cataract surgery is it’s pretty straightforward.

During recovery, you’ll need to limit yourself and avoid activities that may put your eyes at risk. This includes things like exercise, sports, or swimming.

While you are recovering, your eyes will be particularly vulnerable to infection. The flap will be especially at risk for developing complications.

Under no circumstances should you rub your eyes. If you experience temporary dry eyes as a result of the surgery, use eye drops to refresh your eyes.

Ready to take the next step and find out if you need surgery? Schedule a cataract screening at Vision Care of Maine in Bangor, ME today!

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