Introduction to Cataract Surgery
At Coastal Vision Center, enhancing your vision is our highest priority, and we use the most up-to-date technology to examine your eyes to verify their health or need for medical or surgical intervention. If cataract surgery has been recommended, you have come to the right place! Dr. Russell Stackhouse and Dr. Capritta Roberts are both board-certified ophthalmologists that specialize in cataract surgery and lens replacements, performing almost 3000 total surgeries each year.
This series of videos introduces Drs. Stackhouse and Roberts with Coastal Vision Center and also explains cataract surgery in detail, along with discussing the upgraded lenses and procedures available to you. Our surgeons and staff are here to answer any questions you might have, and we are excited to help to provide you with a clearer tomorrow!
Over 20.5 million Americans over the age of 40 years of age have a cataract in at least one eye and is part of the normal aging process. As the cataracts progress, the symptoms detailed below may become more apparent:
- Your vision is cloudy or blurry
- You feel unsafe driving at night due to glare or halos around lights
- You need more light to read or cannot see well at night
- You have to change the prescription of your glasses or contact lenses often
- You find the clarity of your vision has decreased
As soon as the above symptoms start to impair your quality of life, it is time to seek out treatment for your cataracts to get you back to clearer vision!
Cataract surgery is performed on one eye at a time and involves removing the eye’s cloudy lens and implanting an artificial replacement lens to restore clear vision. This procedure takes less than 30 minutes to perform, during which your doctor will use anesthetic drops to completely numb the eye. A small incision is then made in the cornea, from which point an ultrasonic probe is used to break up and remove the natural lens of the eye; this is a minimally invasive and safe process, causing little to no discomfort. An IOL implant, or intraocular lens, is then placed into the eye.
Once the procedure is complete, the incision will heal naturally which normally takes between 24 to 48 hours.
Choosing an Intraocular Lens Implant for Cataract Surgery
When the decision is made that it is time for cataract surgery, get the most value out of the procedure by choosing to receive a premium intraocular lens (IOL) implant. Traditional IOL’s incorporate your vision prescription for either nearsightedness or farsightedness, but you may still need to wear glasses to see at some distances. However, when you choose premium IOL’s, you will regain clear, crisp vision once again.
Your doctor will discuss with you the different IOL’s available for your needs to help you make an informed decision that is best for you!
Contact Coastal Vision Center
for your personalized evaluation to see if you are a candidate for surgical options to provide you clearer vision for tomorrow!