Cataract Surgery in Garrettsville
Andrews Eyecare Center provides cataract treatment in Garrettsville, OH. Call 330-527-3937 to learn more or schedule an appointment.
When the lens of the eye becomes clouded due to clumping proteins, it’s referred to as a cataract. If cataracts are left untreated, your vision will worsen with time and eventually, you may go blind. While this can be frightening to hear, the good news is that cataract surgery is one of the safest surgical procedures performed in the United States and it’s also highly effective—per the National Eye Institute, 9 out of 10 people are able to see better after cataract surgery.
Signs of Cataracts
When you have cataracts, you’ll notice changes and disturbances in your vision. Some of the most common symptoms of cataracts include:
- Blurred vision
- Trouble seeing at night
- Colors appear less vivid
- Sensitivity to light and glare
- Halos around lights
- Double vision
Although most people associate cataracts with aging, cataracts can also be diagnosed at birth.
What to Expect If You Need Cataract Surgery
There are a few different techniques used to perform cataract surgery, but what they all have in common is that the lens of the affected eye is removed and replaced with an artificial transplant called an intraocular lens, or IOL. Most patients receive a monofocal lens, as these are most likely to be covered by insurance, but there are other options available including toric lenses to correct astigmatism, multifocal implants for correction of both distance and near vision minimizing the need for glasses.
Cataract surgery is performed on an outpatient basis. If you have cataracts in both of your eyes, you’ll have a separate surgery for each of them, usually a few weeks apart. While you’ll be awake during the surgery, you won’t experience any pain, as your eye will be numbed. The surgery typically takes 30 minutes or less.
We’ll provide you with detailed aftercare instructions to follow after your procedure, but most people are able to return to work after a day or two, assuming they don’t experience any complications. You’ll want to avoid strenuous activities and bending for at least a week..
Frequently Asked Questions About Cataracts
What causes cataracts?
Cataracts occur for a number of reasons. As people age, the tissue of the lens can change, leading to cataracts. Injuries to the eye can also cause these changes. In some patients, cataracts are inherited. Other times, cataracts are associated with other eye conditions, surgeries, or medical conditions like diabetes.
When should you have cataracts removed?
If your cataracts are making it difficult to work, read, and do the things you love, you should have cataract surgery. There’s no need to suffer with vision loss when there is such a safe, effective solution available.
Is it better to have cataract surgery early?
In general, yes, it is. Earlier surgery means you can restore your vision sooner and it also means you’ll likely have a shorter recovery time.
Can you get rid of cataracts without surgery?
No, at this time the only treatment for cataracts is surgery. There is some promising research being performed in this area, but it will be many years before any of these potential solutions are approved by the FDA and widely available to patients.