Your Local Cataract Surgery Doctors
At Columbus Laser & Cataract Center, we understand how vital clear vision is for an enjoyable and fulfilling life. Whether it’s completing daily tasks or appreciating the beauty of the Columbus landscapes, lifelong sight and a high quality of life go hand-in-hand. We offer compassionate care and superior expertise proven through our excellent reviews. We strive to empower patients to see clearly and live confidently!
What Are Cataracts?
A natural change from aging, cataracts develop when the lens of the eye gradually becomes cloudy. Over time, this clouding can reduce image clarity and the amount of light that passes through the lens, leading to visual impairment. Though common, cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss worldwide.
Fortunately, with prompt, advanced treatment, we can remove cataracts, restore your vision, and even correct a variety of refractive errors—all in one procedure. With a national success rate of over 99%, cataract removal surgery could be the next step in your journey to clearer, healthier vision.
What Are the Symptoms of Cataracts?
Cataracts can develop in one or both eyes. Symptoms may progress slowly, so you should visit your eye doctor annually to ensure early diagnosis and treatment. There are several kinds of cataracts, including subcapsular, nuclear, and cortical varieties—each of which has different symptoms, timelines, and causes. The most common indications of cataract development include the following:
- Blurry, cloudy vision
- Spots in your vision
- Sensitivity to glare and bright lights
- Difficulty driving and seeing at night
- Less colorful vision
- Poor depth perception
- A temporary improvement in near vision
What Are Some Risk Factors for Cataract Development?
Though you cannot prevent your eyes from aging, it is possible to delay the onset of cataracts through healthy lifestyle choices. With regular preventative eye care, including visits with your eye doctor, you can reduce your risk of sustaining vision loss. These appointments are especially important if you have any of the following risk factors:
- Advanced age
- UV ray exposure and damage
- A history of smoking
- Previous eye injuries
- Long-term steroid use
- High blood pressure
- Heavy alcohol consumption
While you may not be able to control all of your cataract risk factors, it is crucial that you proactively care for your eyes. If you are at an elevated risk for cataract development, annual eye appointments will allow you to better monitor your eye health and identify issues early enough for the most successful treatment.
How Do You Treat Cataracts?
Surgery is the only way to remove cataracts. If you are interested in cataract removal, our surgeons will meet with you to discuss your unique eye needs and vision goals. During this consultation, we will determine whether cataract removal is right for you based on your current health. Since some chronic conditions can impact the results of your eye surgery, we may recommend that you treat an issue, like dry eye, before undergoing cataract removal. However, if you are a good candidate for cataract surgery, we’ll move forward, choosing the intraocular lens (IOL) that is best suited for your lifestyle and goals before custom-selecting it to your prescription.
For the post-LASIK cataract patient, we provide additional, specialized care when we determine your IOL prescription. Because LASIK surgery can impact IOL calculations, it is crucial that you entrust your eyes to a surgeon who is a specialist in both LASIK and cataract treatments. Having performed thousands of LASIK and cataract procedures, we provide post-LASIK cataract patients with the specialized care necessary for clear vision.
Cataract removal is micro-incisional, boasting a quick recovery and a comfortable experience. During surgery, our specialists pulverize the cataract, remove it from the eye, and then replace the lens with an implanted IOL. The entire process takes only 10 minutes per eye, during which you are under intravenous sedation with a topical or local anesthetic. Within a few days, you’ll notice improvements to your vision as your eye heals. And soon afterward, you’ll enjoy the clear, cataract-free vision you deserve.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are intraocular lenses?
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Why choose cataract surgery?
If you are interested in discussing the benefits of cataract treatment, call us today to schedule a complimentary consultation. We look forward to helping you obtain your healthiest eyes!