Cataracts develop when protein fragments build up on your eyes’ natural lenses. They may cloud your vision and limit light entry, resulting in blurry vision. This eye problem is one of the leading causes of blindness worldwide.
Alderwood Optical and Canyon Park Vision Clinic offers cataract surgical removal for large cataracts that cause significant vision restrictions. Read on as your optometrist answers some frequently asked questions about the procedure.
Q: Who Is a Good Candidate for Cataract Surgery?
Since early-stage cataracts can be effectively managed with high-prescription glasses, we only recommend cataract surgery when two instances are met: you need to have a visual acuity reading of 20/40 or worse, and the visual impairment must be significant enough that it’s affecting your ability to accomplish basic, daily tasks. There may be instances when we will consider your situation as a special case. We advise undergoing a comprehensive eye exam so we can thoroughly assess your current visual health.
Q: How Should I Prepare for It?
At least one week before the scheduled procedure, your optometrist may perform tests to determine what lens implant to use for your surgery. We also suggest making transportation accommodations as you may be unable to drive after the procedure.
Q: What Happens During Cataract Surgery?
Topical anesthetic will be applied on your eyes. Once it takes effect, we will create a small incision on your cornea. We’ll use a small probe to break up and remove the protein clumps or remove the affected lens itself. Afterward, we will place the artificial intraocular lens (IOL). The whole procedure involves little to no discomfort at all. If ever you sense pain, alert your eye surgeon immediately.
Q: How Will It Help Improve My Vision?
With the protein obstruction removed, you can expect better light entry into your eyes and improved focusing abilities. Full recovery can be expected within a month’s time. Your brain will continue to adjust to the new IOL. If you experience dry eyes, your optometrist may prescribe artificial eye drops. Remember your follow-up schedule.
For more questions about cataract surgery, call us at (425) 771-8472 for Alderwood Optical or (425) 485-0430 for Canyon Park Vision Clinic. We serve several WA areas, including Bothell, Lynnwood and Shoreline.