Cataract Surgery Florida

Understanding Cataracts

A cataract is the clouding of the eye’s natural crystalline lens, and is responsible for 48% of blindness in the world. The lens assists with focusing light rays on to the retina, which translates the image to the brain.

After the lens starts to cloud it is impossible to return the lens to its clear state with medications. At this point, the only way to get rid of cataracts is to undergo surgery. Some people think a cataract is a growth on the outside of the eye but a cataract is actually the gradual clouding occurring with the lens located inside your eye just behind the pupil. Cataracts can be caused by many factors, and the biggest risk factor is simply getting older. Eye doctors will tell you that anybody who lives long enough is more than likely to develop cataracts. Environmental factors such as exposure to UV rays can also affect cataract development. Luckily, with technological advancements, cataract surgery is easier, safer and more effective than ever. More than 3 million cataract surgeries are performed in the United States every year, and have been statistically shown to produce excellent outcomes.

Cataract Scene

Cataract Surgery

Cataracts are removed using no needle, small incision surgery known as phacoemulsification. After application of anesthetic eyedrops an incision of 1.8 to 2.7 millimeters in length is then created where the cornea, the clear domed structure on the front of the eye, and the white part of the eye, known as the sclera meet. The cataract is broken into many small pieces using an ultrasonic device and simultaneously removed from the eye.

Once all of the cataract material has been removed, a folded intraocular lens is inserted through the original incision. The lens is then maneuvered into the lens capsule and centered. The lens will remain inside your eye in this location. Intraocular lenses cannot be felt or sensed in any way by the patient. Cataracts do not grow back after surgery. Intraocular lenses never wear out and except in very rare instances, never need to be replaced.

Cataract surgery recovery is generally short and uneventful, along as the patient is in good health and does nothave any other major eye problems. Most patients recover completely from cataract surgery after around a month. Some people report redness, bruising around the eye, scratchiness and blurry vision after surgery. All of these symptoms are normal and should subside.

Cataract Surgery

Premium Lens Implants

Preparing for advanced intraocular lenses implant (IOL) cataract surgery is different than simply preparing for standard cataract surgery. These special lenses will need to be custom ordered prior to the surgery using the most accurate measurement of your visual requirements. It is important to consult with Dr. Stephenson prior to surgery to determine which lens type will fit your lifestyle the best.

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