Are Cataracts Preventable?
No. Every single person will develop cataracts if they live to an advanced age. Cataracts are a natural part of the aging process and will occur in one or both eyes in the majority of individuals by the age of 75. Although cataracts are not preventable, it is still essential to practice good eye care and visit an optometrist for routine exams. During an eye exam, optometrists use a special microscope to look inside the lens to check for cloudiness.
Is Surgery the Only Option for Cataracts?
When diagnosed with cataracts, surgery isn’t always immediately required. First, the optometry practice may decide to monitor cataracts to see how quickly symptoms develop and whether your vision worsens. Treatment may also involve using a different eyeglass prescription. However, surgery is the most common treatment performed to correct cataracts.
How is Cataract Surgery Performed?
Cataract surgery is a relatively simple procedure performed in less than an hour. The outpatient surgery will involve removing the clouded lens and replacing it. Before your surgery, a doctor will use an ultrasound to determine the correct size and type of artificial implant to use during the procedure. Surgeons can use either a large incision to remove cataracts or break up cataracts first using ultrasound waves. The ultrasound technique reduces the size of the incision made. Once removed, the artificial lens put inside the lens capsule.
How Soon After Surgery Will Vision Improve?
Patients will not have restored vision immediately after cataracts surgery. Vision will improve gradually in the days following the surgery as the eye heals. According to patients, their vision is entirely restored in less than a week after surgery. An optometrist will need to monitor your progress in the days and weeks following the procedure. You could need prescription drops to reduce any inflammation and prevent infections. Discomfort is minimal, and with over-the-counter pain relievers, it is manageable. When you are healed, an optometrist will determine whether you need prescription eyeglasses. With new advancements with an artificial lens, vision is corrected to 20/20.
Contact our Tupelo Optometry Practice for premium vision care
Getting the right eye care is vital for patients with cataracts. Our practice has patients located throughout the Tupelo, Saltillo, Verona, and Fulton areas. Our optometry team will take care of all your family's eye care needs.