Cataract Treatment Available for Residents of Seminole, FL
If you think you have a cataract, you should schedule an eye exam as soon as you can. A cataract is a progressive condition that won’t improve by itself. You need not be alarmed, however, because it’s also such a common condition that surgery to correct it has advanced to become a fast and effective out-patient procedure. St. Michael’s Eye & Laser Institute has performed cataract surgery for thousands of patients in the Tampa Bay area, including residents of Seminole. Patients who leave our state-of-the-art facility in Largo have reported improved vision that renewed their joy in activities like reading, photography, or simply watching TV.
What Causes Cataracts?
Around age 40, the proteins in the lens of your eye may start to break down and clump together. Eventually, this forms a small cloudy spot—a cataract—on your lens. The cataract may then grow and cloud more of your lens, making it hard to see clearly. People who have cataracts say their vision is like looking through a frosty or fogged-up window.
What Does Cataract Surgery Entail?
A surgeon removes the clouded lens and replaces it with an artificial lens known as an intraocular lens. The procedure is relatively painless and takes an hour or less to perform. If you need treatment for both eyes, your doctor will schedule surgery to remove the cataract in the second eye after you’ve healed from the first surgery.
Recovery From Cataract Treatment
After surgery, you’ll need to protect your eye according to your doctor’s instructions for up to a week. During that time, you may experience some discomfort, but it eases as your eye heals. It takes about a month for the eye to heal completely.
Cataract Treatment at St. Michael’s Eye & Laser Institute
As a family-owned surgery center serving residents of Seminole since 1961, St. Michael’s Eye & Laser Institute performs cataract surgery on patients of any age. Our ophthalmologists are among the area’s most respected eye care specialists and use only high-precision cataract surgery equipment. It’s little wonder that we have earned an Alcon Center of Excellence award every year since our founding.
To schedule an appointment for a proper diagnosis, or for more information about cataract treatment at St. Michael’s Eye & Laser Institute, contact us today.