Cataract surgery can improve your quality of life. During cataract surgery, your cataract surgeon will remove your natural lens where the cataract is and insert a new artificial intraocular lens, or IOL, that will let you see clearly once again.
Keep reading to learn more about cataracts and why cataract surgery is so life-changing!
What are Cataracts?
A cataract occurs when proteins in your eye break down and clump on inside your eye’s lens. The clumping together of proteins make your lens cloudy, which causes your vision to be blurry.
Signs You May Need Cataract Surgery
Often, cataracts develop slowly and thus gradually alter your eyesight. But with time, cataracts eventually interfere with your vision, and you may experience symptoms like:
- Blurry or foggy vision
- Halos and glare
- Poor night vision
- Colors appearing faded
- Double vision in one eye
- Frequent prescription changes
- Need for brighter light for reading and other up-close activities
Your eye doctor will likely recommend surgery when these symptoms start to impact your day-to-day life.
What Happens During Cataract Surgery?
First, your cataract surgeon will numb your eyes with special eye drops so you are comfortable. During the entire procedure, you’ll remain awake, but you won’t be able to see what the cataract surgeon is doing.
Next, your cataract surgeon will make a tiny incision in your cornea. The incision will allow your cataract surgeon to access your cataract lens and break it into small pieces using an ultrasonic probe.
All the tiny fragments will be removed with suction. Your cataract surgeon will then implant an artificial lens called an intraocular lens (IOL) in place.
The new IOL will help you reclaim any vision lost to cataracts. Cataract surgery is considered a safe procedure that takes about ten to twenty minutes to complete.
Standard cataract surgery involves removing the cataract lens and replacing it with a monofocal lens. A monofocal IOL enables you to see clearly only at one distance, usually far away.
That means you’ll still need to wear reading glasses when looking at objects up close. Monofocal or standard IOLs, also cannot address other vision problems like astigmatism and presbyopia.
Benefits of Cataract Surgery with a Monofocal IOL
Some of the advantages include:
Cataract surgery in Boynton Beach, Florida, has a very high success rate. After your procedure, expect a significant improvement in your vision once your eyes fully heal.
Improved Color Vision
You’ll be able to view the world through a clear lens instead of a cloudy one. So colors will look bright and vivid once more.
Blurry vision from cataracts can make daily activities like driving and climbing up and down the stairs dangerous. Cataract surgery will reduce your risk of falling and accidents.
Regain Your Independence
When your eyesight is affected by cataracts, you may need to depend on others to help you with routine tasks like cooking and driving. However, after your cataract procedure, you’ll be able to do things on your own and become more independent.
In many cases, cataract surgery with a standard IOL is covered by insurance. This makes this option the cheaper one.
Benefits of Cataract Surgery with a Premium IOL
Premium intraocular lenses are designed to help you to see better than monofocal IOLs. They use advanced technology to address multiple refractive errors and are available in many varieties.
A premium IOL can make cataract surgery even more life-changing in the following ways:
Reduces Your Dependence on Glasses or Contact Lenses
A premium IOL can offer clear vision at all distances: near, far, and everything in the middle. By choosing a premium lens implant like a multifocal IOL or PanOptix trifocal IOL, you’ll considerably reduce or even eliminate your reliance on glasses or contacts.
After cataract surgery with premium lens implants, many patients experience the best vision of their lives. Premium IOLs are not covered by insurance.
However, the visual freedom and improved quality of life these advanced lens implants provide are well worth the out-of-pocket costs for many people.
Corrects Refractive Errors
Unlike monofocal IOLs, premium lens implants can treat refractive errors like astigmatism and presbyopia. Astigmatism happens when your cornea has an egg shape like a football rather than a round shape like a basketball.
The irregular shape of the cornea causes blurred, distorted vision at all distances. Toric versions of premium IOLs are specially designed for patients with astigmatism.
They can correct astigmatism and cataracts in a single procedure. Presbyopia is age-related and causes blurry vision when looking at objects that are close to you.
It occurs when your once flexible lens becomes rigid, making it hard to shift focus from far to near. Typically, presbyopia begins in your forties.
Premium lens implants like an accommodating IOL can treat cataracts and presbyopia simultaneously so that you can see clearly near and far.
Allows You to Live an Active Lifestyle
As time passes, your hobbies can become less enjoyable because of poor vision from cataracts. Cataract surgery with a premium lens implant will allow you to resume your active lifestyle.
Imagine playing tennis, working out, golfing, skiing, or hiking with little or no need for visual aids. With a premium lens implant, you can look forward to enjoying your favorite activities without glasses or contacts holding you back.
Premium IOLs will let you see everything with greater sharpness and clarity than ever before. If you love traveling, hiking, bird watching, or camping, a premium IOL will help you see everything in high definition.
You’ll be able to enjoy all the breathtaking views without limitations.
Restore Your Vision with Cataract Surgery in Boynton Beach
If you have cataracts, cataract surgery at Joshi Eye Institute can be life-changing. Joshi Eye. Institute is proud to offer several IOL options, including premium lens implants that will transform how you see the world around you.
Are cataracts affecting your eyesight? Schedule your cataract screening at Joshi Eye Institute in Boynton Beach, FL, today to start the journey to reclaiming your vision!