Cataract Surgery Can Change Your Life
At Athwal Eye Associates, we understand that each patient brings a unique set of symptoms, challenges and potential solutions. For those suffering from cataracts, we often recommend cataract surgery and our advanced laser cataract surgery. Our surgical coordinator, Pamela Lynch, has years of experience with lens implants, insurance programs and available financing. Along with the rest of our team, Pamela will help you customize a cataract treatment program that fits your lifestyle.
How Do Cataracts Happen?
A cataract is a clouding or discoloring of the eye’s natural lens. As light enters the eye through the damaged lens, vision can appear blurred or hazy. Cataracts can cause a severe decrease in vision, but that vision is restored once the cataract is removed. Since cataracts can be easily diagnosed, many patients are able to seek treatment and avoid permanent vision loss.
What Happens in Cataract Surgery?
During cataract surgery, the clouded lens is replaced with an intraocular lens (IOL). Athwal Eye Associates offers laser-assisted cataract and astigmatism correction surgery using state-of-the-art, 3D imaging technology.
Is Cataract Surgery Safe?
Cataract surgery is one of the most common procedures conducted. Each year, more than 3 million Americans and 20 million people worldwide undergo surgery to remove cataracts. These surgeries are among the safest in modern medicine, and allow millions of patients to regain a higher quality of life thanks to clearer vision.
The doctors at Athwal Eye Associates have performed a combined 25,000-plus cataract and laser surgeries over the course of their careers. All of our doctors and staff keep up on the latest developments and technologies, and our eye surgery center is one of the only facilities in the Toms River area with the Catalys Laser System for laser-assisted cataract treatment.
Trust Athwal Eye Associates to educate you on cataract surgery and develop a personalized treatment plan that will put you confidently on a path toward overcoming cataracts. Our office is warm and welcoming, with a compassionate team and no-pressure atmosphere.
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Cataract surgery is performed by creating a microscopic incision on the surface of the eye. A small surgical device is then inserted through this incision into the front part of the eye to break up the cataract (or cloudy lens) using ultrasound. A small vacuum device then removes the cataract in pieces. A clear, artificial lens implant is then inserted in place of the lens that was removed. Usually, the incision heals on its own and does not require stitches or sutures. Sometimes a laser can be used in conjunction with cataract surgery to help correct astigmatism and soften the cataract for easier removal.
Yes, with the insertion of a special lens patients can eliminate dependence on glasses after cataract surgery.
LASIK is a procedure usually done in younger individuals that can virtually eliminate the need for glasses. Cataract surgery removes the lens inside the eye that has become cloudy which negatively affects vision. This is a natural part of the aging process.
Before undergoing any surgery, it is important to fully understand the risks and benefits of that surgery. It is also good to know what restrictions you will have after surgery, and what medications you will need to use during the healing process.
Although no surgery does not have any risks, cataract surgery is very safe. The risk of anything that could permanently diminish your vision or cause your vision not to improve is less than 1%. Over 99% of patients do well and appreciate improvement in vision after cataract surgery.
You should consider cataract surgery once your cataracts have progressed to the point that glasses can no longer improve your vision and you find that your vision is negatively impacted your lifestyle. When you can no longer do the things you love, whether it’s golfing or reading or driving, then it is time to consider cataract surgery.
Cataract surgery is typically an outpatient procedure. When you arrive at the surgical center, your eye will be dilated and an IV will be started by an anesthesiologist who will give you medication to help you relax. You will then be taken into an operating room where you will be positioned on your back, lying as flat as possible. You will be covered with surgical drapes to help keep everything sterile during the operation. The doctor will operate under a surgical microscope with a bright light. You will be given numbing medication so that you do not experience pain during the procedure. You will be asked to look at a bright light and remain as still as possible during the surgery. On average, the surgery takes 30 minutes or less. Afterwards, some patients notice an immediate improvement in vision, while others notice and improvement over 1-10 days. It is important to remember that everyone heals differently, but most patients can see much better within a week.
Most cataract surgery is done on an outpatient basis surgical center.