Our eyes are our most important tools for perceiving the world around us. More than 80% of our perception comes from our vision. When vision begins to fail as a result of cataracts, the world around us becomes smaller, and we can begin to feel isolated. Cataract surgery could bring your vision back, along with your quality of life.
Dr. Jennifer Burgoyne, board-certified ophthalmologist at ICT Eye in Wichita, KS, is a proud member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and has years of experience performing the procedure. To find out whether or not cataract surgery can help you, contact us today and schedule a consultation!
What Is a Cataract?
A cataract is a clouding of the outer “lens” of the eye that reduces incoming light and blurs vision. Advancing age is usually the reason why they develop, but cataracts can also be brought on by diseases such as diabetes, negative habits such as smoking or excessive drinking, or prolonged exposure to bright lights. Cataracts are quite common, and some 25 million Americans have them.
Cataracts can affect one or both eyes and usually develop slowly over time. Left untreated, they can lead to social isolation and even depression as the visible world grows blurry and hard to navigate. Untreated cataracts can also lead to total vision loss. Fortunately, cataract surgery is a simple, safe procedure that has restored the vision of millions of people worldwide.
Symptoms of a Cataract
The symptoms of a cataract tend to creep up over time. The gradual vision loss caused by cataracts is often disregarded, chalked up as a matter of “getting older.” In many cases, by the time the effects of the cataract are finally diagnosed, vision loss may be substantial. Some common symptoms of cataracts include:
- Cloudy, blurry vision; a loss of detail in shapes and colors
- A “halo” effect around bright lights, such as traffic and street lights
- Discomfort in brightly-lit environments
- Poor night vision, especially while driving
- A yellow-colored cast over your vision
- An increased need for brighter lighting around the home
What Is Cataract Surgery?
Cataract surgery is a safe and popular outpatient procedure that replaces the eye’s natural lens with a plastic, artificial replacement. Individual results can vary, but the procedure is known to have a high success rate. In addition to solving the vision cloudiness, advanced cataract surgeries can also correct other vision problems, such as nearsightedness (myopia) and astigmatism, another eye condition that can cause blurry vision.
How Does Cataract Surgery Work?
Cataract surgery is so popular and well-tested that the procedure typically takes only minutes to perform. While ophthalmologists can use a variety of tools and techniques, including lasers, the most popular cataract procedures use high-frequency ultrasound to break the cloudy lens into small pieces. The doctor removes the old lens material using a suction tool. A new, clear lens is then positioned onto the eye. Recovery time is generally minimal.
You don’t have to live with reduced vision and quality of life as a result of cataracts when expert care is available at ICT Eye in Wichita, KS. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about cataract surgery. We look forward to hearing from you!