Visit Us in Listowel To Learn if Cataract Removal Surgery is Suitable for You.
WE’LL DETERMINE IF YOU’RE A VIABLE CANDIDATE FOR CATARACT REMOVAL SURGERY
Cataract removal surgery is the only method available for permanent cataract correction. This surgery is relatively painless, minimal hassle, and quick to recover from. However, not all people are candidates for surgery.
ARE YOU A SURGICAL CANDIDATE?
There is only one way to permanently address vision impairment caused by cataracts: remove them. Cataracts are not a “disease” so much as they are the gradual discolouring of the lens in one or both eyes. This means that the eye cannot “heal” and cure the cataract on its own.
Instead, the cataract-stricken lens is removed and replaced with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL).
AN OVERVIEW OF CATARACT REMOVAL SURGERY
Cataract removal surgery is one of the most frequently performed (and safest) procedures available in Canada today. This outpatient procedure is fast, has minimal risk of complications, and provides a permanent solution for cataracts.
WHERE WILL YOUR SURGERY TAKE PLACE?
There are several surgeons that our office will refer patients to. Dr. Armogan and his staff at The Ophthalmic Consultant Centre (OCC) in Mississauga, ON recently completed Dr. Fretz’ cataract surgery, and she personally recommends them to her patients. The OCC are able to schedule consultation appointments promptly, typically within two weeks.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT CATARACTS
Most people over age 50 will eventually develop cataracts. Marked by the clouding and discolouring of the eye’s lens, cataracts cause vision impairment that cannot be corrected by glasses or contact lenses.
What Causes Cataracts? Like macular degeneration, the exact reason cataracts begin to form is still unknown. However, studies have shown that certain lifestyle factors (such as drinking, smoking, and diet) can influence the development of cataracts. Diabetes also greatly increases the probability of cataracts forming.
The eye’s lens is essentially made of water and protein. The protein is arranged in a special way that allows light to pass through it. As we age, these proteins can start to clump together; when proteins clump together, the lens gets cloudy. This process creates a cataract.
Signs & Symptoms of Cataracts – Cataracts are completely painless. The first signs of their formation are usually due the impacts on vision. These include:
- Blurry, hazy vision
- Glare and halos around lights, especially at night
- Worsening corrective lens prescription
- Decreased night vision
- Colours seem faded and washed out
Types of Cataracts – There are three common types of cataracts:
- Subcapsular cataract – These cataracts form at the back of the lens and are more common in people living with diabetes or using steroidal medications.
- Nuclear cataract – These cataracts form in the nucleus, the central part of the eye’s lens. These cataracts are the most common and are associated with aging.
- Cortical cataract – These cataracts form around the edge of the lens, working inwards.
An Overview of Cataract Removal Surgery – Once we have determined your candidacy for surgery we will refer you to a local Ophthalmologist (who will perform the surgery).
Together, we will select a new intraocular lens (IOL) to replace your natural lens. The IOL is used in place of the natural lens and is not seen or felt once inserted. Different types of IOL’s are available for different needs.
When surgery begins, the eye is numbed so that no pain is felt. The surgeon then uses radio waves to break up the natural lens, which is removed via suction and disposed of. The IOL is inserted in its place.
The surgery is quite fast, with the procedure itself taking between 10 and 20 minutes. Recovery is also quite quick, with discomfort largely minimized via eye drops and topical medications.