A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural crystalline lens that may affect one or both eyes. When left untreated, cataracts can progress over time and lead to severe loss of vision. At Ophthalmic Consultants of Connecticut, we offer our patients the most advanced types of cataract surgery. In addition to removing the eye’s clouded lens, our doctors use leading-edge intraocular lens implants (IOLs) to provide you with clear postoperative vision at most distances.
What Causes Cataracts?
Although often caused by the aging process, cataracts may develop as a result of several other risk factors, including:
- Certain medications
- Eye injuries
- Chronic eye infections
- Exposure to sunlight
- Environmental toxins
- Dietary deficiency
Individuals suffering from mild cataracts may not develop symptoms until the condition has progressed. The most common symptoms associated with intermediate to advanced cataracts include:
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty reading fine print
- Color distortion
- Double vision
In addition, as cataracts advance, patients often experience frequent changes in their eyeglass prescription.
Cataract surgery is a procedure during which the eye’s cataract-diseased lens is extracted from the eye and replaced with an artificial implant. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia.
Our surgeons perform the advanced, micro-incision, no-stitch cataract surgery and laser cataract surgery. After ensuring maximum patient comfort, the surgeon creates a tiny, self-sealing incision in the eye. Next, he or she uses an ultrasonic probe to break up and remove the crystalline lens from the eye. This step is known as phacoemulsification. An IOL is then placed in the eye through the same incision.
OCC offers a wide range of premium IOLs, including AcrySof ReSTOR, AcrySof Toric, Tecnis Multifocal and Crystalens. Your OCC eye surgeon will help you determine which IOL is best for your unique vision needs.
Cataract Surgery Candidacy
Your regular eye doctor will monitor the progression of your cataracts and let you know when it’s time for cataract surgery. Your candidacy for the procedure is confirmed during your consultation appointment at OCC.
After cataract surgery, most patients are able to return to work and their daily routine within one to two days. Following surgery, you will be given detailed postoperative instructions and antibiotic medicine, as well as mild painkiller, if necessary. It is recommended that you wear an eye shield at all times for the first few days and then at bedtime after that. Full recovery is generally achieved within a few weeks. You may experience mild fluctuating vision and blurriness during the healing process. Many of our cataract surgery patients are able to reduce their dependence on corrective eyewear after surgery.
Please contact us for more information on cataract surgery or to schedule your consultation appointment.