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Because of old age or some diseases, people may have problems with cataracts. This leads to decreased vision, but, fortunately, this condition can be easily treated by undergoing one of the safest forms of surgery to date.
The eyes are one of the most sensible and important organs in the human body. Through them, we are able to receive visual details and process them into the brain. This, basically, resumes seeing. Because of certain diseases, trauma to the eyes or just growing old, the lens of the eye can begin getting cloudy because of slowly developing cataracts. This can happen to one or both eyes.
This condition should not be left unchecked. If someone is diagnosed with cataracts, surgery is recommended. Thanks to new techniques and improved tools, cataract surgery is not only efficient, but also very safe.
The patient is locally anesthetized. If he is worried, a sedative may be given to him to calm his nerves. The procedure is incredibly simple to perform and usually is done in less than an hour. The surgeon makes a very little incision into the cornea. Then, he introduces a probe into the capsular bag, where the cloudy lens of the eye is located. This transmits ultrasound waves to break up the cataract. After this is done, the fragments are gently sucked out. The ophthalmologist then introduces an artificial intraocular lens (IOL), replacing the natural one. The procedure is over when the surgeon closes the incision. Sometimes, stitches are required to do this, but not in all cases.
There are multiple benefits attributed to this procedure:
As stated above, this procedure is very safe and easy to perform. This is why the recovery period is very short. The patient can, usually, go home the same day as the surgery is done. He will not be able to drive, so having someone to assist him is necessary. He will need to wear a protective shield over his eyes during the days following surgery. For a few weeks, the patient will have to use eye drops multiple times a day to prevent infection and speed up the healing process. After approximately 8 weeks, the eye will be fully healed. The patient may need to wear glasses, permanently or occasionally, to help with his vision after cataract surgery.
There are very few complications after this procedure, as only 1-2% of patients experience them. Even in those cases, most of them can be repaired with medication or additional surgery. The most common complication is posterior capsule opacification, where some cells that have remained after the procedure stick to the lens. If this happens, they will be destroyed with a laser to clear the patient’s vision again. Other risks are eye inflammation, lens dislocation, raised eye pressure and light sensitivity.
Many people suffer from cataracts worldwide. This fairly common condition is easily treatable and risk factors are minor. When hearing about surgery, many patients get cold feet and refuse to get the procedure done, thus increasing the possibility of developing other eye problems. Do not risk losing your sight, call Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital at 888.600.5600 and talk to one of our ophthalmologists.