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Has your vision become cloudy because of cataracts? You have options for treating cataracts, and they are quicker and less painful than you may think! Learn more about eye surgery options for cataracts and how we at Decatur Eye Center can help you achieve clear vision in Bridgeport and Decatur, Texas.
What to Expect With Cataract Surgery
If you have cataracts, things that were once clear may now appear blurred. Additionally, you may notice an increased glare from overhead lights and find it more difficult to see. Just because you have cataracts, you do not need to have surgery. However, our eye doctors may recommend that you have surgery if your cataracts interfere with management of other eye problems or makes it difficult for our eye doctor to perform a vision exam.
Cataract surgery can be completed in less than an hour, so the actual procedure itself is fast and simple. Preparation typically begins one week before, when we will measure your eye's size and shape to determine which lens implant will be right for you. We may recommend that you use eye drops to prepare for your surgery, or that you stop taking certain medications in anticipation of the eye surgery.
In surgery, eye surgeons will remove your cataracts using one of multiple methods. An ultrasound probe can break up the lens and allow for cataract extraction through a small surgical incision on the cornea. Our eye surgeon will select the right method based upon your eye health. After the cataracts are removed, a plastic, acrylic or silicone intraocular lens will be placed in the eye permanently.
While some patients report that their vision is blurry after surgery, take it from our optometrist: You will start to see clearly within a few days of surgery, as your eyes start to heal. During recovery you can expect to spend some time to be spent coming in our office to make sure that the eyes are healing properly. It is important that you follow our recovery recommendations. For cataract surgery, the lenses that replace your cataracts are matched for what you need to see for most daily life, such as driving or watching tv at a distance. You only need glasses for reading in many cases.
We understand that you may have questions about cataract surgery after reading this information. The best ways to get your questions answered and learn all you can about cataract surgery is to schedule an appointment for a consultation. During a consultation, we will make sure you qualify for cataract surgery, talk about what you can expect from surgery and recovery, and inform you of the next steps. We leave time to answer all your questions during a consultation, so you can make a decision about what is best.
Are you ready to learn more about surgery for cataracts? The next step is to schedule a patient consultation with our eye doctors in Decatur and Bridgeport. Reserve your consultation by completing our online appointment form or calling us at the Decatur Eye Center at 940-627-2020. We look forward to helping you achieve clear vision!