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What Every Patient Should Know About Cataract Surgery

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Cataracts affect millions of people and are the leading cause of blindness worldwide. Because the condition is so common, it is important to be aware of what you can do to restore your vision if you develop cataracts. For many, the decision to have cataract surgery is an easy one, but it is important to be informed about all aspects of the procedure. The experts at St. Michael’s Eye & Laser Institute break down a few important things every patient should know about cataract surgery.

Cataract Surgery Is Safe and Effective

Cataract surgery, which is designed to improve vision by removing the cloudy lens, is performed as a quick outpatient procedure, and many patients can get back to their regular activities shortly after treatment. While there are potential risks associated with any surgery, cataract surgery historically has a high success rate and drastically improves vision with minimal complications. This safe, routine procedure is the only way to get rid of cataracts and results in:

  • Clear, sharp vision
  • Reduced or eliminated glare from bright lights (especially at light)
  • Ability to see colors more vividly
  • Reduced dependence on glasses and contact lenses

You Have Lens Options

During cataract surgery, the clouded natural lens of the eye is replaced by an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) that is designed to help you achieve optimal vision. However, you should be aware that not all IOLs are the same. Options include:

Monofocal lens: Monofocal lenses are designed to correct your vision at one distance, near or far. You will have the chance to decide which is better for you. For example, you may decide to correct your vision at a distance for driving, but don’t mind wearing glasses for reading or performing activities where vision up close is important.

Toric lens: Toric lenses reduce astigmatism and improve the overall quality of your vision.

Multifocal lens: These lenses can correct both near and far vision. For many patients, this means independence from glasses and contacts after having cataract surgery.

Without Surgery, You Can Lose Your Vision

Cataracts do not resolve on their own. When cataracts begin to interfere with your day-to-day activities, such as reading or working, cataract surgery is required to restore your vision. There are no alternative treatments for reversing the effects of cataracts. If your cataracts remain untreated, you risk losing your vision entirely.

Improved Vision in St. Petersburg & Clearwater, FL

Our Ophthalmologists are here to help you achieve clear vision so that you can enjoy your favorite activities. Our experts are dedicated to providing patients with the best eye care across a range of services and treatments. To schedule a consultation, make an appointment online or call our office today.

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