Cataracts & Cataract Surgery, Athens GA
A cataract is the process in which the natural clear lens of the eye becomes cloudy with age. Cataracts can occur in either or both eyes but cannot spread from one eye to the other.
The lens lies behind the iris and the pupil and works much like a camera lens. It focuses light onto the retina at the back of the eye, where an image is recorded.
As a cataract matures, vision becomes dull or hazy, and reading and driving become more difficult. If left untreated, the cataract may result in total vision loss. Glasses may improve vision for a while, but cataract surgery is the only real treatment.
Fortunately, cataract surgery technology has made many advances in the last decade, leading to smaller incisions and no-needle, no-stitch, outpatient cataract procedures. With the recently acquired revolutionary FEMTO LDV ™ Z6 Laser by Ziemer, Dr. Richard Blue, of Blue Laser Group center for sight in Athens, brings a new level of accuracy, speed and safety to Blade-Free Cataract Surgery. If you are seeking an Athens cataract surgery expert, feel free to contact our Athens cataract surgery center to get a complete education on cataract surgery and the things to expect before, during and after surgery. Be sure to ask about the latest advancements in cataract lens technology.
What is Cataract Surgery?
Cataract surgery is a simple procedure with an excellent success record. The clouded natural lens is replaced with an artificial lens called an intraocular lens (IOL). It is done on an outpatient basis with a topical anesthetic that will make it a painless procedure. One eye is done at a time, with a short healing period in between. After making a very small incision outside your field of vision, your eye surgeon will insert a tiny probe and use ultrasound to break up the clouded natural lens. With suction, the pieces are easily removed, and through the same incision, the IOL is inserted and positioned correctly. After the cataract is removed a cataract surgeon is ready to implant a man made intraocular lens. This is a crucial point of understanding for patients. Patients can either have a monofocal Medicare lens which will only correct vision for one distance or they can opt for a an upgrade premium lens implant that can reduce or eliminate their need for glasses after cataract surgery. Please feel free to review some premium lens implant options:
Understanding Intraocular Lenses (Also Known As Advanced Technology Lens Implants)
The intraocular lens is a foldable lens that slides through a tube like a fruit roll-up and unfolds in the capsular bag. The surgeon may center the new lens with the lens capsule if necessary. Once the lens is centered, the surgery is complete. In most cases no stitches are required to seal the incision due specifically to the 3- millimeter size. This is why it is called micro-surgery by many eye doctors. Having a discussion with your cataract surgeon on choice about the best intraocular lens implant for you is suggested. If you have questions regarding lens implants please feel free to contact our office and we will be happy to discuss your options.
What are the risk factors for Cataracts?
By the age of 65, most Americans will have developed cataracts, which occur when your human lens becomes clouded to such an extent that it affects your vision and quality of life. This condition typically occurs with age, but can also result from trauma, disease, and use of certain medications.
Most patients may resume normal activities within just 3-4 days. Additionally, patients often notice improvements in their vision in a very short time as well. Patients who choose one of our LifeStyle Lens Procedure options can expect to regain vision at multiple distances, often reducing or even eliminating the need for corrective eyewear following their procedures.
See your eye care professional to discover whether cataract surgery is an option for you. If you are age 60 or older, you should have a comprehensive dilated eye exam once every year to check for signs of age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, and other vision disorders. Dr. Blue is available to see you for any of your eye issues. Your source for Athens cataract information!