Cataract Surgery Co-Management
A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eyeball. Cataracts often develop slowly and prevent clear images from appearing on the eye’s retina. Symptoms may include blurry or hazzy vision, faded colours, haloes around lights and trouble seeing at night.
Typically an eye disorder associated with aging (over half of the people in America over age 80 have either had a cataract or cataract surgery), cataracts generally occur later in life as the lens structure within the human eye changes and gets older.
During the evaluation of your eye health we will carefully examine your lens for signs of cataract formation. If a cataract is noticed and the clouding is causing visual disruption, the optometrist will refer you to a trusted and respected surgeon for surgery, which is the only known cure for cataracts. Our Eye Care Practice will be there for you providing pre and post cataract surgery care.
Cataract surgery is the removal of the natural lens of the eye (also called “crystalline lens”) that has developed an opacification, which is referred to as a cataract. Metabolic changes of the crystalline lens fibers over the time lead to the development of the cataract and loss of transparency, causing impairment or loss of vision. During cataract surgery, a patient’s cloudy natural lens is removed and replaced with a clear, artificial lens implant to restore the eye’s transparency.
Cataract surgery is performed by an ophthalmologist (eye surgeon) in an ambulatory (rather than inpatient) setting, in a surgical center or hospital, typically using only local anesthesia, and causing little or no discomfort to the patient. Well over 90% of operations are successful in restoring useful vision, with a low complication rate. Cataract surgery is typically quick and minimally invasive resulting in a surgeon’s ability to perform many surgeries in a single day. New advancements in technology provide many options for patients regarding how the procedure is performed and what type of lens is implanted into the eye. Some patients choose to opt for uninsured upgrades including LASER Cataract surgery and Refractive correction packages, which reduce or may even eliminate the need for glasses after surgery. Speak to one of our Doctors at Eyes on Sheppard to help determine if these options are suitable for you.