Cataracts can significantly affect your quality of life and cause various bothersome symptoms like blurry, cloudy, or dim vision. At OcuSight, our experienced eye surgeons provide the latest in cataract surgery technology and techniques to help restore clear vision and improve your quality of life.
What Are Cataracts?
Cataracts are a common condition that affects the natural lens of the eye, causing it to become cloudy and opaque. This can lead to a range of symptoms, including blurred vision, sensitivity to light, and difficulty seeing at night.
Cataracts can develop gradually over time and are most commonly associated with aging. However, they can also be caused by other factors such as injury, genetics, and certain medical conditions.
If you are experiencing symptoms of cataracts, it is important to seek a professional evaluation from a trusted eye care provider. At OcuSight, we offer cataract evaluations at all of our locations.
Our experienced eye doctors have the knowledge and expertise to diagnose and monitor your cataracts and to provide you with personalized recommendations for treatment and care. During a cataract evaluation, our eye doctors will perform a comprehensive eye exam, including a visual acuity test, a dilated eye exam, and other specialized tests to assess the health of your eyes and determine the extent of your cataracts.
Once cataracts sufficiently begin interfering with your ability to perform everyday tasks, they will recommend cataract surgery to remove the cloudy lens and replace it with a clear artificial lens.
What Are the Symptoms of Cataracts?
Cataracts can cause a range of symptoms that can impact your vision and quality of life. The most common symptoms of cataracts include blurred vision, sensitivity to light, difficulty seeing at night, the need for brighter light, double vision, and frequent changes in glasses or contact lens prescription.
As cataracts progress, they can cause your vision to become increasingly blurry, hazy, or cloudy. You may also experience glare or halos around lights, especially at night, which can make it harder to see in low-light conditions.
Some people with cataracts may also have double vision in one eye, particularly when reading or looking at objects up close. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to schedule a cataract evaluation with your eye doctor.
At OcuSight, our experienced eye doctors can diagnose and monitor your cataracts and provide personalized recommendations for treatment and care. Early diagnosis and treatment can help preserve your vision and quality of life.
What Happens During Cataract Surgery?
Cataract surgery is a generally safe and effective procedure that can restore your vision. During the procedure, your cataract surgeon will remove the cloudy lens inside your eye and replace it with a clear artificial lens, also known as an intraocular lens or IOL.
Once you arrive at Brighton Surgery Center on the day of your procedure, you will be prepped for cataract surgery. Before cataract surgery, your eye will be numbed with local anesthesia, and you will receive a mild sedative to help you relax.
At OcuSight, we perform cataract surgery at Brighton Surgery Center the only ambulatory surgery center in Western New York to be awarded “America’s Best Ambulatory Surgery Center”. We utilize the most advanced systems so you can have the safest and most effective cataract surgery procedure.
Using this advanced technology, our cataract surgeons are able to create precise incisions in the cornea and lens capsule. This enables a more accurate and efficient removal of the cloudy lens and insertion of the clear artificial lens.
Using a small ultrasound probe, the cloudy lens will be broken up into tiny pieces and removed through the incision.
The IOL that you and your eye doctor decided on beforehand will then be inserted into your eye through the same incision. Once the new lens is in place, the procedure will be complete.
The tiny incision will heal naturally during your recovery without the need for stitches. After the procedure, you will be monitored for a short period before being released to go home.
You will need someone to drive you home and may be required to wear a protective shield over your eye to prevent injury. Most people experience significant improvement in their vision within a few days of cataract surgery and can typically return to normal activities within a week.
Your cataract surgeon will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions and schedule follow-up visits to monitor your healing and ensure optimal results.
What IOLs Are Available at OcuSight?
At OcuSight, we understand that each patient’s visual needs are unique. That’s why we offer a variety of intraocular lenses, also known as IOLs, to match the appropriate technology to the needs of the patient.
Our experienced cataract surgeons will carefully evaluate your needs and recommend the most suitable IOL to provide the best possible outcome. We offer a range of IOLs, including those designed for multifocal vision, extended depth of focus, and astigmatism correction.
These lenses provide vision at one fixed distance, typically set for distance vision. Patients will still require glasses or contact lenses to see objects up close and for astigmatism.
Multifocal IOLs provide clear vision at different distances, allowing you to see both near and far with reduced dependence on visual aids like glasses and contact lenses.
Extended Depth of Focus IOLs
Extended depth of focus lenses provide a wider range of vision and also reduce the need for glasses.
Toric IOLs, also known as astigmatism correcting IOLs, are available to correct the curvature of the cornea and provide clearer distance vision.
These lenses provide clear vision at three distances: near, intermediate, and far, reducing the need for glasses in most situations.
At OcuSight, our cataract surgeons carefully select from all available options to ensure that each patient receives the most appropriate IOL to meet their unique visual needs. We are committed to providing the latest and most advanced IOL technology to our patients to improve their vision and quality of life.
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