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Cataract Surgery Co-Management


Cataracts is an ocular condition characterized by the clouding of the eye lens. Cataracts prevent clear images from appearing on the eye’s retina, causing blurred vision and faded colors.

Medical Arts Optical helps manage your cataracts and provides pre and post-cataract surgery care.

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Cataracts

A cataract occurs when the clear lens inside our eye becomes cloudy. Cataracts develop slowly and reduce the amount of light that can get through the lens, making it difficult to see. Those with the condition feel as though they’re perpetually looking through a dirty window that cannot be cleaned.

It is impossible to predict how quickly a cataract may develop, but diabetes and the eyes’ exposure to ultraviolet light often accelerate the process. Smoking and poor nutrition are additional risk factors. You can also get cataracts following an eye injury or after eye surgery for another eye problem, such as glaucoma.

A cataract occurs when the clear lens inside our eye becomes cloudy. Cataracts develop slowly and reduce the amount of light that can get through the lens, making it difficult to see. Those with the condition feel as though they’re perpetually looking through a dirty window that cannot be cleaned.

During your eye health evaluation, we'll carefully examine your eye lens for signs of cataract formation. If a cataract is noticed and the clouding is causing visual disruption, our optometrist will refer you to a trusted and respected surgeon for cataract surgery— the only known treatment for cataracts.

Cataract surgery is perfectly safe and corrects any vision problems resulting from cataracts.

Cataract Surgery

What to Expect With Cataract Surgery

If the cataract is at an advanced stage, Dr. Long will likely recommend surgery. Cataract surgery consists of removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with a new intraocular lens (IOL). Intraocular lenses are made of clear plastic and are available in several varieties that provide near or distance vision, or even both, depending on the patient’s preference.

Types of Intraocular lenses

  • Fixed focus monofocal lenses provide distance or near vision. People who are farsighted and haven’t had the near vision lens inserted will still need reading glasses after surgery.
  • Accommodating focus monofocal lenses provide distance vision only. However, this IOL works in conjunction with the eye muscles to allow for a smooth transition between distance and close-up work, sometimes making glasses unnecessary.
  • Multifocal lenses provide a smooth transition between distance, intermediate, and near vision— sometimes eliminating the need for glasses.
  • Astigmatic (toric) correction lenses are used for high degrees of astigmatism.

There is also an IOL that can block out harmful ultraviolet and blue light rays to protect your retinal health.

Several days before your surgery, your eye doctor will measure the size and shape of your eye and will discuss your lifestyle and daily activities to better determine the most appropriate IOL for your needs.

The vast majority of people who undergo cataract surgery are satisfied with the outcome. Not only are they thrilled to have sharper and clearer vision, but are also pleased with the overall improvement in their lifestyle. Only once their “new” vision sets in do they notice the series of adjustments they previously made to accommodate their deteriorating vision. After surgery, you will find that you can resume activities that you previously enjoyed and regain your quality of life. Driving, reading, playing cards and watching television will no longer be a chore.

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Learn more about Cataracts

The more you know about cataracts, the better prepared you will be to deal with them – or help prevent them in the first place!

 

If you suspect you may have cataracts, or have any questions or concerns, Medical Arts Optical in Hot Springs will provide you with the eye care you need.