What is a Cataract?
A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens. Normally, light passes through a clear lens and is focused onto the retina. This cloudiness can change the vision by scattering or blocking light, in effect decreasing visual acuity and one’s ability to perform tasks of daily living.
Where Can We Make an Impact?
At Ocean Ophthalmology, our physicians perform no-stitch, micro-incisional cataract surgery. This technique utilizes ultrasound technology to fragment and remove your cataract. After the cataract is removed, an appropriate intraocular lens (IOL) is selected and injected through the small, 2-3mm corneal incision. This surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, usually in less than 15 minutes, and patients return home the same day a couple of hours after the procedure.
What Are Intraocular Lenses (IOLS)?
Vital to clear vision is the ability of light to pass through a clear intraocular lens (IOL). The IOLs selected by our physicians at Ocean Ophthalmology share some common properties including the ability to correct near and far-sightedness and block harmful light from damaging the retina.
What Can I Expect on the Day of Surgery?
The procedure is quick and will most likely be over before you know it. Following the procedure, you should not drive; it is best to bring a friend with you or arrange for a ride (we can do that for you). During the first week after surgery, you should experience significantly improved vision. It will be important to place drops in the operated eye and keep a protective shield on it at night.
How Do I Know if This Is Best for Me?
If you are experiencing difficulty with daily visual tasks or experiencing glare at night, surgery may be an option. People with certain medical conditions or pregnant and nursing women are not good candidates. Candidates should also have a good understanding of the risks and benefits from cataract surgery. The best way to find out if you are a good candidate is to arrange for a complete eye examination at Ocean Ophthalmology Group. During the evaluation, we will answer any questions you may have and discuss your expectations.