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Cataracts and Surgical Co-Management

Happy Family Outside 1280x480Cataracts is a disease of the eye that results in the clouding of the crystalline lens in the eyeball. Cataracts prevent clear images from appearing on the eye’s retina; causing mild, moderate, even severe blurred vision.

Typically an eye disorder associated with aging (over half of the people in America over age 80 have either had a cataract or cataract surgery), cataracts generally occur later in life as the lens structure within the human eye changes and gets older.

During your eye health evaluation, we will carefully examine your lens for signs of cataract formation. If a cataract is noticed and the clouding is causing visual disruption, the optometrist will refer you to a trusted and respected Ophthalmologist for surgery, which is the only known cure for cataracts. Duvall Advanced Family EyeCare provides pre and post cataract surgery care right here in our Duvall eye care clinic.

cataracts diagramCataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is the removal of the natural lens of the eye (also called “crystalline lens”) that has developed an opacification, which is referred to as a cataract. Metabolic changes of the crystalline lens fibers over the time lead to the development of the cataract and loss of transparency, causing impairment or loss of vision. During cataract surgery, a patient’s cloudy natural lens is removed and replaced with a synthetic lens to restore the lens’s transparency.

Following surgical removal of the natural lens, an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) implant is inserted (eye surgeons say that the lens is “implanted”). Cataract surgery is generally performed by an Ophthalmologist (eye surgeon) in an out-patient setting, in a surgical center or hospital, using local anesthesia, usually causing little or no discomfort to the patient. Well over 90% of operations are successful in restoring useful vision, with a low complication rate. Day care, high volume, minimally invasive, small incision phacoemulsification with quick post-op recovery has become the standard of care in cataract surgery all over the world.

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