Enjoy Permanent Relief from Clouded Vision with our Cataracts Surgery
Cataracts are a progressive condition that gradually clouds the crystalline lens within the eye, significantly compromising vision. While cataracts do not pose a risk to the health of the eyes, they do make it increasingly difficult to complete everyday activities. We believe in exploring conservative methods of treatment here at our eye care practice, and we usually suggest that patients change their corrective eye wear prescription to address cataracts in their earliest stages. However, when cataracts progress to the point where eye wear can no longer help, we do offer cataract surgery at our Austin practice. Using advanced techniques and technology, we can help you to see clearly again. To learn more about how cataract surgery can help you, please contact us today.
Cataract surgery is performed at a convenient, easily accessible outpatient center nearby. Before the surgery begins, we will apply a topical anesthetic to the eye. This keeps our patients comfortable throughout surgery. At Broberg Eye Care, we perform cataract surgery using ultrasonic energy to break up the cataracts. We insert a small probe, roughly the size of a needle, through a tiny incision in the cornea. This probe emits ultrasonic waves that emulsify the cataracts. With the cataracts broken up into small pieces, they can be removed from the eye using a gentle suction device.
With the cataract tissue removed, an intraocular lens (IOL) is implanted. These lenses replace the crystalline lens, becoming a permanent part of the eye. These lenses come in several different varieties, and can correct vision impairment such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Our doctors can discuss which type of intraocular lens is right for you.
After surgery, we send our patients home with a post-operative kit that includes sunglasses and a protective eye shield. We recommend that patients wear the protective eye shield the day of surgery and while they sleep throughout recovery.
After the procedure, it is normal for the vision to be blurry. This condition will slowly improve over the first few days following surgery. Other common symptoms experienced during recovery include itching or a slight burning sensation, along with mild discomfort. It is very important not to rub or push on the eyes while you are in recovery. Prescription eye drops can be used to reduce inflammation and prevent infection. Most symptoms will subside within three to four days, but it can take up to eight weeks for the eyes to heal completely. While the vision will be improved, especially in cases of IOL placement, many patients will still have some need for corrective lenses after recovery.
Because cataracts are a condition that can often be controlled without surgery, it is important to consider the risks and side effects before deciding to undergo treatment. Although it is very uncommon for complications to occur, the risks of cataracts surgery include:
- Retinal detachment
- Secondary cataracts
- Loss of vision
Again, these complications are highly uncommon. Patient safety and outstanding results are our top priorities when performing cataract surgery.
Ask Our Doctors about Cataract Surgery
If you suffer from cataracts and are considering cataract surgery, contact us at Broberg Eye Care. Our doctors are happy to discuss this procedure in further detail and answer any questions you may have about your candidacy, when to have cataract surgery, and the costs of the procedure.