Cataract Eye Surgery in Columbus, Ohio
When the lens in your eye becomes cloudy, everything may look blurry, hazy or less colorful. Cataract surgery is a safe way to restore clear vision by surgically removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with a clear one. The procedure is safe, relatively quick, and performed on an outpatient basis.
What is a cataract?
Cataracts are caused by a chemical change in the lens of the eye that causes cloudy or blurred vision. Although they have been found in younger adults, cataracts usually occur after age 55. According to the National Eye Institute, by age 80 more than half of all Americans either have a cataract of have had cataract surgery.
Can cataracts be prevented?
While they cannot be prevented, regular eye exams are recommended for early detection to help maintain the clearest vision possible.
Are there different types of cataracts?
Some common types include:
- Cortical cataracts: These form in the lens cortex.
- Nuclear cataracts: Commonly associated with aging and occur in the central area of the lens.
- Subcapsular cataracts: Found in the back of the lens and are common with people who have diabetes or take high doses of steroids.
Who is at risk?
People at risk for developing cataracts are usually over 55 years old, have had eye injuries or eye disease, have a family history of cataracts, smoke cigarettes or use certain medications.
What are the symptoms of cataracts?
While there is no pain associated with cataracts, there are several symptoms that indicate failing vision including:
- Blurred/hazy vision
- Spots in front of the eye(s)
- Sensitivity to glare
- A feeling of “film” over the eye(s)
- A temporary improvement in near vision
How do you treat cataracts?
Vision loss from cataracts can often be corrected with prescription glasses and contact lenses. If you are significantly affected, cataract replacement is one of the most common surgical procedures in the country.
What is the procedure for surgery?
Prior to surgery, a combination of local and/or topical anesthesia and IV sedation are used. During surgery, a small ultrasonic probe is inserted into the eye to break up the cloudy lens into tiny pieces and gently remove the pieces from the eye. After the lens is removed, it is replaced with a clear artificial lens called an intraocular lens (IOL).
What are intraocular lenses?
IOLs are made of a flexible material so the lens can easily be folded, implanted, and then unfolded to its original shape after it is in place in the eye.
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