Cataracts are a common age-related eye disorder. In fact, statistics estimate that over half of the population in America over age 80 have experienced cataracts or cataract surgery! As you get older, so does the lens structure in your eyes. Sometimes the crystalline fibers of your eye’s lens change and lead to the formation of a cataract, which is a clouding of the lens. Clear images are thereby preventing from appearing on your retina, and blurred vision results.
At The Eye Doctors, we’ll examine the health of your eyes thoroughly to inspect for signs of cataract formation. If we detect a cataract during your comprehensive eye exam in Eden Prairie,Hennepin County, Minnesota, we’ll refer you immediately to a qualified, respected surgeon. At present, surgery is the only certain cure to treat cataracts, and we’re experienced and competent at handling all of your pre- and post-operative care.
Sometimes cataracts are mild enough that cataract surgery isn’t recommended yet. If that’s the case, then you need to be vigilant about making sure you return to your nearby optometrist in Eden Prairie,Hennepin County, Minnesota for regular eye exams. Follow-up evaluations of your ocular health are the only way to keep tabs on the cataract, which may be worsening. Once it obstructs your vision and interferes with normal day-to-day life, Dr. Viker may decide it’s time to remove the cataract.
Cataracts are a common eye disorder associated primarily with aging. As you get older, so does the structure of the eye’s lens. Presently, cataract surgery is the only certain cure to treat this condition, and this popular procedure enjoys a very high success rate.
During this surgery, the opaque natural lens of your eye will removed and your eye surgeon will replace it with artificial transparent intraocular lens. Local anesthesia is used and little discomfort is caused; 90% of all cataract operations restore clear vision.
At The Eye Doctors, our Eden Prairie optometrists will check your eye health comprehensively. If we diagnose a cataract during your eye exam, we will refer you to a qualified, respected eye surgeon in the area.
Preparing for Cataract Surgery
There are a variety of types of IOL’s (artificial intraocular lens) available, with different features. To determine the best option for you, it’s advised to discuss the benefits and risks of each type with your eye doctor or optometrist.
About a week before your scheduled surgery, an ultrasound test will be done to measure the shape and size of your eye. The procedure is relatively quick and totally painless. These measurements will help decide upon the most appropriate type of IOL.
You may be advised to discontinue specific medications prior to cataract surgery, in case they raise your risk of bleeding during the procedure. To decrease risk of infection, antibiotic eye drops may also be prescribed for a few days. From 12 hours before the surgery, you may also be instructed not to eat or drink.
What to Expect During Cataract Surgery
Start to finish, the entire procedure generally takes one hour or less and is done on an outpatient basis. We’ll walk you through the basic steps of what to expect:
- Your eye doctor will insert dilating eye drops and you’ll be given local anesthetics to numb the eye region. You may also be prescribed a relaxing sedative that will make you groggy, but not put you to sleep.
- The clouded lens will be removed and an artificial, clear IOL will be implanted. The implant is composed of either plastic, silicone or acrylic, and you will not be able to feel, see or sense it in your eye. It becomes a permanent part of your care and needs no care.
- Immediately after the surgery, your vision will likely be blurry. This should improve within a couple of days, as your eye heals. You will not be able to drive yourself home after the surgery, so be sure to arrange a ride. You may also need help for about a week, for activities such as lifting and bending may be limited by your doctor.
What to Expect After Cataract Surgery
Within a day or two after the procedure, you’ll need to return for a follow-up eye exam with a member of the optometry team in our Hoffman Estates office. We are trained to provide quality co-management for cataract surgery.
Mild discomfort and itching are common complaints, and it’s important to refrain from rubbing or pushing on your eye. You may be given a protective shield or eye patch to wear on the first day, or for a few days after the surgery. Medicated eye drops may also be prescribed. Expect your complete course of healing to take about eight weeks.
This is a very common, safe procedure, and cataract surgery complications are not typical. If complications do arise, they are usually treated easily. Some possible risks include bleeding, infection, swelling, retinal detachment, glaucoma and loss of vision. If you have another ocular disease or serious medical condition, your chance of complications is higher.
The vast majority of people who undergo cataract surgery enjoy restored, clear vision as a result!
Our team of experienced optometrists will use many different testing procedures to check your eyes. Our Eden Prairie, office is fully equipped with the latest equipment. To determine visual acuity, you will be asked to read a standard eye chart and we will check refractive error. To diagnose or rule out any eye diseases, we will inspect your inner eye tissues with a high-powered lens. This exam also provides significant information about your overall health.
For more information about comprehensive eye examinations Call The Eye Doctors on (952) 955-4427 in Eden Prairie, Minnesota to schedule an eye exam with our optometrist, Dr. Viker.
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