Cataracts are an extremely common condition, especially in adults age 65 and older. In fact, it is the leading cause of poor vision in adults. With cataracts being such a prevalent condition, it is estimated that about 2 million people undergo cataract surgery each year, with over 95% successfully restoring their clear vision. The good news is that it’s an exciting time to have cataract surgery. Recent technological advancements have dramatically changed the cataract surgery procedure and at Perich Eye Center, we have become leaders in treating cataracts through the most advanced technology available. We strive to provide our patients with the safest, most comfortable cataract removal process, while also correcting refractive errors for life-changing vision improvement.
By the age of 80, over half of people in the U.S. have developed cataracts at some point. The condition is characterized by the clouding of the eye’s lens. This lens allows the eye to focus on an object, so when it becomes obstructed, light cannot pass through the lens properly, which results in blurred vision. The most common symptoms of a cataract include: Vision that has become cloudy or blurry The appearance of a halo or glare around lights Double vision Colors looking more dull The sensation of a film hindering your vision Frequent prescription changes in glasses or contact lenses Difficulty driving or reading A cataract can’t usually be seen with the naked eye but, instead, is diagnosed during an eye examination. Your Perich Eye Center eye doctor will determine the type, size, and location of the cataract by utilizing diagnostic instruments for a magnified view of your eye structure.
With the many advancements in surgical technology these days, cataract surgery has become one of the most successful surgeries performed in the U.S. Additionally, recovery from the procedure is typically short, allowing you to return to your everyday activities relatively fast. Since general anesthesia isn’t usually needed, most patients can return home within an hour of their cataract surgery. Visual recovery varies from patient to patient, however, most patients return to their normal activities within a day or two. Since vision can be dramatically improved, if not completely corrected, many patients can enjoy freedom from glasses, providing a significant lifestyle improvement.