Cataracts are extremely common. A normal part of life, almost every person will develop cataracts at some stage.
There is a lot of information available on the internet. The best facts about cataracts come from ophthalmologists with education, training, and experience in cataract surgery. Community Eye Center has multiple cataract surgeons who have collectively performed thousands of successful cataract removal surgeries.
Cataract surgery is typically performed in an outpatient setting, such as St. Lucy’s Outpatient Eye Surgery Center. Cataract removal is one of the most common surgical procedures in the United States. It is estimated that over 3.5 million cataract removal operations are performed each year.
When it is time for cataract surgery, choosing the right eye surgeon and eye surgery center is a big decision. It can make the difference in outcomes. Community Eye Center’s cataract surgeons are dedicated and knowledgeable. CEC’s St. Lucy’s Outpatient Surgery Center is the only outpatient eye surgery center in Charlotte County with national accreditation from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.
Cataracts and Removal
A cataract is like a cloud, over the lens of the eye. This clouding affects vision, making normal activities, such as driving a car, reading a newspaper or seeing people’s faces, increasingly difficult.
Gradually, as cataracts progress, patients may experience symptoms such as:
- Painless cloudy, dim, blurred vision
- More difficulty seeing at night or in low light
- Sensitivity to light and glare
- Seeing halos around lights
- Faded or yellowed colors
- The need for brighter light for reading and other activities
- Frequent changes in eyeglass or contact lens prescriptions
- Double vision within one eye
As cataracts advance over time, clouding of the lens and vision problems worsen. Sight becomes severely limited. If progression of cataracts affects a person to the point of interfering with daily activities, cataract surgery becomes necessary.
With cataract surgery, the cloudy lens goes through a process during which it must clump together. Then, it is broken into small pieces and gently removed from the eye. An artificial lens is inserted in the place of the natural lens.
Age-related cataracts are the most common form of the condition. Although, other types of cataracts can develop during different stages of life. For example, the condition can even be brought on by an eye injury. As a person ages, risk factors in eye health increase.
Comprehensive medical eye exams become even more critical as a person ages. Risk of cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration as well as other eye conditions becomes more prevalent with age. Early diagnosis and intervention of these diseases can often prevent vision loss or blindness.
The best way to stay on top of eye health and to diagnose cataracts is through comprehensive medical eye exams.
A healthy adult should receive a comprehensive eye exam on an annual basis, with more frequent visits depending on the risk of or presence and severity of ocular disease.
During a comprehensive eye exam, doctors examine every part of the eye. Part of the mission of Community Eye Center is to adequately inform patients about their eye condition(s) and the appropriate alternatives to preserve a lifetime of good vision.
Vision after Cataract Removal
People who have cataract surgery often report clearer vision within hours. Within days, most people resume their normal day-to-day activities. Patients with pre-existing medical conditions, such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and corneal problems, may find it takes a little longer to see clearly.
The clouded lens may be removed and replaced with a premium lens that provides vision correction. Premium artificial lenses are available at Community Eye Center. These replacement lens options may relieve a patient’s dependency on glasses after surgery. During cataract surgery consultation, Community Eye Center’s ophthalmologists will present patients with facts about replacement lenses. With these facts, the patient can decide which lens choice is best for his or her individual needs.
Port Charlotte, North Port or Venice Florida Cataract Surgery
It is not necessary to travel for superior eye care. Community Eye Center’s St. Lucy’s Outpatient Surgery Center offers exceptional delivery of care, specialized exclusively in eye care.
When outpatient eye surgery, treatment or another procedure is required, Community Eye Center knows that coordinating transportation for oneself or a loved one can be complicated. Community Eye Center offers complimentary local transportation for patients in need.
Although cataract removal is short, common and regarded as a safe procedure, most will still have many questions. To read more about cataract surgery, click here.