So what exactly is a cataract? This term refers to the clouding of the eye’s natural lens. These lenses are normally clear, but when a cataract forms, it creates the effect of looking through fog or frosted glass, obscuring one’s vision. Cataracts continue to get worse overtime, and can eventually lead to blindness if not removed.
This means things like reading and driving can become difficult, and eventually impossible. It also means that surgery is a must to prevent vision loss. While there is currently no medical treatment to prevent cataracts from developing, or reversing their progression, they can be removed via surgery. During this surgery, the cataract is physically removed and the natural lens of the eye is replaced with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL).
Cataracts are not uncommon. In fact, a large amount of the population suffers from cataracts. They’re common enough that scientists predict everyone would develop a cataract if they were to live long enough.
Now that cataract surgery has been perfected and recovery time has been significantly reduced, many more people are having this surgery performed. In fact, there are over one million cataract surgeries performed every year.
New advances in IOL technology have resulted in even better outcomes for cataract surgery patients. Many experience even better vision that they had before their cataract developed!
At Quigley Eye Specialists, we pride ourselves in the advanced technology we offer, including our SmartLenses ®. The SmartLens® is a special multi-focal IOL technology that may allow you to see at distance, up-close and in-between without the need for eye glasses.
Another benefit of our cataract surgery is that we can correct any astigmatisms with our special SmartLenses® called toric IOLs. This means after surgery you can be even less dependent on your glasses.
Self-sealing incisions and topical anesthesia have completely changed the way cataract surgery is performed, allowing for a faster procedure and a faster recovery. It also means you’ll be likely to experience clear vision even sooner. In most cases, those who have received cataract surgery can return to their daily activities almost immediately!
It can take months and even years for a cataract to fully develop, but if your vision is being affected, why wait? If you believe your quality of life could be improved by being able to see clearly, it’s time! When you’re ready for surgery, Quigley Eye Specialists will be here to help and guide you through every step of the process.