More than half of Americans develop some form of cataracts by the age of 80. If you’re tired of dealing with cloudy vision and not being able to see well at night the experienced team at Eye Surgeons Associates offers advanced cataract surgery at their offices in Canton and Monroe, Michigan. To learn more about cataract surgery, call the experts at Eye Surgeons Associates.
Your eyes have a clear natural lens that bends, or refracts, light to help you see. Unfortunately, cataracts can develop when your lens loses its natural clarity and becomes cloudy or hazy.
While cataracts may start to form due to an eye injury, eye surgery, long-term use of steroid medications, or health conditions like diabetes, it most often develops as you age. In fact, most people with cataracts are over the age of 60, though your vision often begins to change in your 40s.
Gradual vision changes are a telltale sign that you may have cataracts. Some of the most common cataract symptoms include:
If you experience any of the above symptoms for an extended period of time, contact Eye Surgeons Associates for a comprehensive eye exam.
The only way to correct advanced cataracts is through surgical intervention. During this procedure, your eye surgeon or ophthalmologist completely removes your cataract-diseased lens and replaces it with an artificial lens, so you can see clearly once again.
Your surgeon makes a small incision in your cornea using a scalpel. A small instrument is inserted behind your pupil into the capsule where your lens sits. The doctor then places a small probe that emits sound waves to break up the cloudy lens, or cataract.
The broken-up parts of the cataract are suctioned away, and your lens is replaced with an artificial intraocular lens. A special sealing liquid is used to close the incision. Stitches aren’t usually required.
This surgery is one of the most commonly performed around the world and is recognized as safe and effective in treating cataracts.
Some patients are able to see clearly right after surgery, while others may not get their full results for a few weeks. Full recovery from the procedure takes about three months.