What are Cataracts?
Cataracts are a clouding of the eye’s natural crystalline lens. They typically cause symptoms like hazy vision, colors appearing muted, difficulty seeing in low light conditions, sensitivity to glare, and rapid changes in your corrective lens prescription.
While cataracts are most common in people over 60, they can also affect younger adults and children who’ve suffered from eye injuries, infections, or certain congenital conditions.
If your cataracts are mild and don’t yet affect your vision, your eye doctor may suggest monitoring them instead of treating them. However, when cataracts start making it difficult to read, drive and carry out everyday tasks, it’s time to consider replacing your cloudy lens with a clear artificial one.
If you’re contemplating cataract surgery, it's crucial to have a conversation with your eye doctor about the procedure and any concerns you may have.
Here are some things to discuss:
#1: When Is Cataract Surgery Necessary?
Cataract surgery isn’t always necessary upon diagnosis, so it’s good to know the signs that indicate when it will be necessary. We’ll monitor your condition and recommend a trusted eye surgeon when surgery becomes necessary.
#2: Which Cataract Surgery is Best For You?
Cataract surgery can be performed through a small incision or using extracapsular methods. Your eye doctor will determine which option is best for you based on the pros and cons of each procedure and your health. Both of these methods have a high success rate and minimal negative effects.
#3: What Are the Cataract Replacement Lens Options?
The intraocular lens (IOL) you choose will affect your vision after cataract surgery. For example, if you need correction for both near and far vision, multifocal IOLs might be the best option for you. Alternatively, some individuals may prefer a lens that provides only near, far, or intermediate vision.
Your eye doctor will help you pick the best lens by factoring in your lifestyle and visual needs.
#4: Who Performs Cataract Surgery?
When selecting a surgeon for cataract surgery, choose someone with a proven track record of successful cataract surgeries. At Optical Images Lasik & Cataract Surgery Center we co-manage patient care with highly qualified surgeons. You can have peace of mind knowing that your eyes and vision are in good hands.
#5: Where to Have Cataract Surgery?
Cataract surgery is usually done on an outpatient basis at a hospital, allowing you to go home after the procedure. You may have the option to choose from a variety of locations for the surgery, so it's advisable to discuss with your surgeon the best location for you.
Cataract Surgery in Kirkland
At Optical Images Lasik & Cataract Surgery Center in Kirkland, we co-manage cataracts and other serious eye conditions before and after eye surgery.
Arrange a consultation to learn more about the eye care services we offer!
Frequently Asked Questions with Dr. Ross Cusic
A: No, cataract surgery doesn’t get rid of floaters. Some patients report seeing more floaters after cataract surgery, due to clearer vision. Speak with your eye doctor if floaters are interfering with your vision, or if you experience a sudden increase or onset of floaters.
Q: What will happen if cataracts are left untreated?
A: Over time, untreated cataracts can eventually lead to vision loss, vision impairment, and total blindness if left untreated. In fact, cataracts are the number one cause of blindness around the world.