What is a Cataract?
With a clear normal lens, the images are focused clearly on the retina. Vision is clear. With a cataract, the lens is cloudy, causing the image to become blurred and yellowed. Vision is hazy and colors become faded.
- A very small “No Stitch” incision is made in the side of the cornea. Such an incision promotes fast and more comfortable recovery.
- The back of the lens is opened and a special ultrasonic probe (phacoemulsifier) removes the cloudy lens.
- A small foldable artificial lens is inserted through the small incision to replace the cataract lens.
- The final replacement lens is put in place. It is not required to suture the small “No Stitch” incision.
What are the Symptoms of Cataracts?
- Dimming or blurring of vision
- Halos or glare around lights
- Double vision
- Colors appear less brilliant
- Feeling of “film” over the eyes
- Frequent changing or cleaning of glasses
- Difficulty driving or reading
Your Shreveport Cataract Experience
You will arrive at the Shreveport cataract surgery center about an hour prior to your procedure. Once you have been checked in you may be offered a sedative to help you relax. You will then be prepared for surgery. The area around your eyes will be cleaned and a sterile drape may be applied around your eye. Eye drops or a local anesthetic will be used to numb your eyes. When your eye is completely numb, an eyelid holder will be placed between your eyelids to keep you from blinking during the procedure.
A very small incision will be made by our experienced Shreveport cataract surgeon, and a tiny ultrasonic probe will be used to break up the cataract into microscopic particles using high-energy sound waves. This is called phacoemulsification.
The cataract particles will be gently suctioned away. Then, a folded intra-ocular lens (IOL), or multifocal IOL lens, [see ReSTOR® will be inserted through the micro-incision, then unfolded and locked into permanent position. The small incision is “self sealing” and usually requires no stitches. It remains tightly closed by the natural outward pressure within the eye. This type of incision heals fast and provides a much more comfortable recuperation.
You will go home soon after the surgery and relax for the rest of the day. Everyone heals somewhat differently, but many patients report improvement in their vision almost immediately after the procedure. Most patients return to their normal activities within a day or two.
For more information about cataracts and treatment for cataracts call our office at 800-256-7393.