A normal part of the aging process, cataracts are typically nothing to worry about. In fact, cataracts are very treatable and cataract surgery is the most frequently performed surgery in the country. More than three million Americans undergo cataract surgery each and every year.
How Cataract Surgery Works
Today, cataract surgery is often performed using lasers, which help improve precision, safety, and accuracy.
Under local anesthesia, your eye doctor will make a small incision on the side of your cornea before using ultrasound vibrations to break the natural lens into small pieces. These fragments are removed and a crystal clear intraocular lens (IOL) is put into place. This lens is permanent and needs no special care.
Cataract surgery is a painless outpatient procedure and has the highest success rate of any surgery practiced today. Most patients can resume their normal, everyday function, including driving, in very little time.
“When Do I Need Cataract Surgery?”
Most cataract patients have the same question; “When do I need cataract surgery?”
As long as the cataract does not directly affect quality of life – inhibiting daily activities, like reading, driving, etc. – it does not need to be removed. If the cataract is causing blurred vision that makes it difficult to perform simple, everyday tasks, then cataract surgery may be appropriate.
Cataract Surgery in Annapolis
If your cataract has begun affecting your quality of life, schedule an appointment with the Anne Arundel Eye Center (AAEC) at your earliest convenience, or, better yet, see your Primary Eye Doctor for a comprehensive exam and eye glasses check (aka Refraction). If glasses do not help your vision enough, your doctor will make an appropriate recommendation for you.
AAEC is a regional leader in the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma and cataracts. A consultation with board certified ophthalmologist Dr. Samuel Boles will help guide you through your decision and determine if cataract surgery is right for you at this stage.
When the time comes to have cataract surgery, you want to make sure you are in good hands. That is why so many patients in Maryland choose Dr. Boles. Voted one of Annapolis’ Top Docs 2013-2014, a peer survey conducted by What’s Up? Magazine, Dr. Boles does utilizes the LenSx® Laser, the most technologically advanced option for cataract patients today, to create a cataract surgery that’s 100% unique to each patient.
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Dr. Boles and the eye care specialists at AAEC have helped restore and preserve thousands of patients’ vision. They can help you too!
If you have any questions about Cataract Treatment or wish to schedule an appointment with Anne Arundel Eye Center, please Dr. Boles, Dr. Kathryn Gurganus Turner, and the eye care specialists here at AAEC by calling 410-224-2010 or Clicking Here. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and YouTube as well!
For more eye care advice and information, please take a look at our previous blog posts.