A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens in the eye, which can cause blurry or dim vision, sensitivity to light, and difficulty seeing at night.
Truly a miracle of modern medicine, cataract surgery stands as one of the safest and most effective surgical procedures performed to restore clear eyesight all over the world. Why is cataract surgery so common? Because cataracts are a part of the normal aging process that affects everyone as we grow older. By the age of 65, more than half of Americans have been found to have a cataract.1
Symptoms of Cataracts
Cataracts are not preventable, but they are treatable. We know that the blurry vision caused by cataracts can be frustrating, and the good news is that cataract surgery has an extremely high success rate. If you are experiencing any of the following cataract symptoms, you may be a candidate for cataract surgery.2
- Vision that is clouded or blurry (***sometimes people attempt to clean their glasses to remove the smudges, but unfortunately that doesn’t work because the cloudiness is on the inside of the eye***)
- Difficulty with night vision
- Trouble seeing in the dark
- Sensitivity to light
- A “Halo” around lights
- Colors appear dull or yellowed
- Glasses seem less effective or don’t work at all
Treatment for Cataracts
Cataract surgery is typically recommended when the cataract begins to significantly affect daily activities, such as driving or reading, and when the person’s quality of life is impacted by the vision loss.
Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure performed with local anesthetic. Using advanced precision instruments, your surgeon will remove the eye’s clouded lens and replace it with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL).
Preparing for Cataract Surgery
A consultation appointment with one of our experienced surgeons is the most important step before cataract surgery. We will answer any questions, examine your eyes, and recommend a treatment plan. We will also give you detailed pre-surgery instructions.
Recovery After Cataract Surgery
The recovery time can vary depending on the individual and the specific technique used during the surgery. However, most people are able to resume normal activities, such as driving and reading, within a few days to a week after the surgery.
Cataract surgery is considered a safe and effective procedure, with a low risk of complications.3 However, as with any surgery, there is always a small risk of complications, such as infection, bleeding, or retinal detachment.
Be sure to talk to one of our doctors about not only the benefits of vision correction, but also any risks of vision correction that may pertain to your individual needs and circumstances.
Cataract surgery is typically performed under local anesthesia, which numbs the eye and surrounding area, so the procedure itself is not painful. Some people may experience mild discomfort or a scratchy sensation after the surgery, but this can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.
The need for glasses after cataract surgery depends on several factors, such as the type of IOL implanted and the person’s visual needs. Some people may still need glasses for distance or reading, while others may be able to see clearly without glasses for most activities. Your eye doctor can discuss your options and recommend the best course of action for you.
Cataracts cannot come back after they have been removed during surgery. However, some people may develop a secondary cataract, which is a clouding of the membrane that surrounds the IOL. This can be easily treated with a quick, painless laser procedure.
"My experience here was the best ever from the beginning to the end.I had suffered with cataracts in both eyes for a couple of years."Deborah
Contact Us for Cataract Surgery in New Braunfels
At Parkhurst NuVision, our New Braunfels cataract surgery team is dedicated to helping you see better. In fact, with modern laser cataract surgery technology and vision-correcting lens solutions, many of our cataract surgery patients achieve the best vision of their lives after cataract surgery.
Contact us to schedule your consultation appointment. We will have you back floating on the Comal River or strolling through Landa Park in no time!
1 National Eye Institute. Cataract Tables. Available: https://www.nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/outreach-campaigns-and-resources/eye-health-data-and-statistics/cataract-data-and-statistics/cataract-tables Accessed April 4, 2023
2 Mayo Clinic. Cataracts. Available: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cataracts/symptoms-causes/syc-20353790 Accessed April 4, 2023
3 All About Vision. How Safe is Cataract Surgery? Available: https://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/cataracts/faq-is-cataract-surgery-safe/ Accessed April 4, 2023.