We hate to burst your bubble so early on in this blog, but there is no “perfect time” for cataract surgery. In fact, to make things a little hazier, the best time to have cataract surgery is when you need it. Wait, what? 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. Cataract surgery is only necessary when a cataract begins to affect your ability to perform simple, everyday tasks.
To find out if you are ready for cataract surgery, schedule an appointment with your eye doctor – optometrist or ophthalmologist.
A consultation with board certified ophthalmologist Dr. Samuel Boles will help guide you through the treatment process and help you determine when cataract surgery makes the most sense for you. Dr. Boles and the experienced staff at the Anne Arundel Eye Center (AAEC) are a regional leader in the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma and cataracts.
What Does Cataract Surgery Entail?
If it is determined that cataract surgery is the right option, don’t panic. Cataracts are very treatable and cataract surgery is the most frequently performed operation in the United States, with a 98% success rate. Cataract surgery involves removing the clouded lens and, in most cases, replacing it with a clear, intraocular lens implant (IOL). Under local anesthesia, your eye doctor will make a small incision on the side of your cornea and use ultrasound vibrations to break the natural lens into small pieces. These fragments are removed and replaced with an IOL.
Cataract surgery is a painless outpatient procedure and recovery is quick and easy. Most patients can resume their normal, everyday function in very little time and can even drive a few days after surgery. Other patients may take several days to fully recover their vision.
Cataract Surgery in Annapolis
Dr. Boles 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. Click Here to see the difference between traditional surgery and laser assisted cataract surgery.
If you have any questions about Cataract Surgery, please contact Dr. Boles, Dr. Kathryn Gurganus Turner, and the eye care specialists here at AAEC by calling 410-224-2010. You can also follow AAEC on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and YouTube for more eye care advice and information.
And don’t forget to take a look at our previous blog posts while you’re at it!