June is Cataract Awareness Month, and in honor of this important cause, we want to bring you helpful information about cataracts. Around one in six American adults over the age of 40 are affected by cataracts. Fortunately, cataracts can be treated with surgery. Read on to learn five valuable facts about this highly effective treatment!
Eye surgery can be intimidating, but take comfort knowing that cataract surgery is a routine procedure that is performed worldwide approximately 10 million times each year. With a success rate of 99%, cataract surgery is an incredibly safe operation that delivers life-improving results. Complications are very rare, and when they do occur, most resolve naturally or can be corrected with treatment or an additional procedure.
During cataract surgery, the eye’s clouded natural lens (i.e. the cataract) is removed and replaced with an artificial lens, called an intraocular lens (IOL). Thanks to advancements in technology, IOLs restore and improve vision. Premium IOLs can correct refractive errors such as astigmatism, hyperopia, presbyopia, and myopia. As a result, after cataract surgery, many patients have a decreased reliance on prescription eyewear, and some don’t need a prescription at all!
Cataract surgery is a minimally invasive procedure with a typically quick and uncomplicated recovery period. Most people can see clearly within a day or two after surgery. For several weeks, certain activities may be restricted as the eye fully heals, but most regular activities, like working or driving, can be resumed within one to two days after your operation with clearance from our team.
In earlier versions of cataract surgery, surgeons had to wait until the cataract was in a mature stage (or “ripe”) before they could safely remove it. With modern techniques, however, people can have cataract surgery much earlier. As soon as you notice changes in your vision impacting your daily life, you may be a candidate for the procedure. You no longer have to wait for cataracts to progress before getting surgery.
When selecting a cataract surgeon, trust your vision to experts. At Better Vision New Jersey, we have decades of experience, compassionate care, and the advanced technology you deserve. To learn more about your options at Better Vision New Jersey, schedule a cataract consultation with us today!
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