Correcting Clouded Vision Caused by Cataracts
A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens of your eye. For people who have cataracts, seeing through cloudy lenses is a bit like looking through a frosty or fogged-up window. Clouded vision caused by cataracts can make it more difficult to read, drive a car — especially at night — or see the expression on a friend’s face. Most cataracts develop slowly and don’t disturb your eyesight early on. With time, however, cataracts will eventually interfere with your vision.
Stronger lighting and eyeglasses can help you deal with cataracts at first, but when impaired vision begins to interfere with your usual activities, you might need cataract surgery. Having cataract surgery at Woolfson Eye Institute (WEI) is one of the best decisions you will make and will allow your procedure to be performed in our state-of-the-art Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) that was designed, developed and built with your complete comfort and satisfaction in mind.
Who should consider cataract surgery?
Cataract surgery is performed to remove the cloudy natural lens from the eye. After that, in most cases a permanent refractive intraocular lens (IOL) implant is inserted to replace the natural lens thereby restoring focusing power. Your surgeon will work with you to decide when to have cataract surgery, based on how well you are able to see during routine activities. Many patients are able to drive, watch TV and work for a number of years after being first diagnosed with cataracts. However, if you have cataracts, you will eventually start to notice declining visual clarity – often with ghost images – which are not correctable with glasses or contacts. Colors often look faded as well.
Your consultation with a Woolfson surgeon
You and your Woolfson surgeon will initially have a consultation to design your customized cataract surgery driven by your current health, medical history, and unique needs. In this process, a detailed examination will be performed. Ask your surgeon if you should continue your usual medications and nutritional supplements during the period between the exam and surgery. As just one example, common drugs that treat men with enlarged prostates known as Alpha Blockers may cause problems associated with Intraoperative Floppy Iris Syndrome (IFIS) during cataract surgery.
WEI surgeons may present you a choice of implantation with a regular single-vision (monofocal intraocular lens (IOL) or a presbyopia-correcting intraocular lens. This decision will be based on many factors. If you are interested in correcting presbyopia, which all people begin to face at around age 40, you potentially could restore your ability to see at all distances with a multifocal IOL or accommodating IOL. Additionally, premium IOLs are a great option that may reduce or eliminate your dependency on eyeglasses altogether.
Before surgery, your eyes will be thoroughly measured to determine the proper power of the intraocular lens in addition to the types of lenses that are recommended.