in South Windsor & Newington
Also serving Hartford
Millions of adults are faced with declining vision and quality of life due to a common eye problem called cataracts. However, thanks to modern medicine, you do not have to let cataracts slow you down.
The techniques to treat cataracts have advanced considerably in the past few decades, making surgery safer, quicker and more precise than ever. In fact, it is one of the safest and most effective procedures performed today. In most cases, vision lost to cataracts can be recovered.
With the help of the team at Aucello EyeCare Center, you can reclaim the clear vision you need to support your active, independent lifestyle.
What Caused My Cataracts?
A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s crystalline lens. Over time, the proteins that make up your lens can clump together, creating cloudy or opaque areas that prevent light from properly passing through your eye. Normally these changes can be attributed to the aging process; however, other factors like smoking, diabetes, certain medications eye injury or eye surgery can lead to the development of early cataracts.
Detecting the Symptoms of Cataracts
In their early stages, cataracts may have little to no effect on your vision. You may not notice you have cataracts, or you might be able to compensate for minor vision loss by changing your eyeglass prescription. However, as cataracts mature and get bigger, their effects will become more noticeable. Images may appear blurry or out of focus. You might see glare or experience sensitivity to light or double vision. Colors may look dull or yellowish.
If left untreated, cataracts can gradually rob you of the vision you need to maintain your independence and enjoy a great quality of life.
Recover Vision with a Routine Surgical Procedure
If you find that cataracts are interfering with your lifestyle and your happiness, it is time to consider having them treated. The surgical treatment of cataracts involves removing the eye’s cloudy lens and replacing it with an artificial intraocular lens, or IOL.
There are many types of IOLs available today, ranging from standard monofocal lenses, which restore vision at a single distance, to advanced multifocal lenses, which restore vision at multiple distances (thus reducing the need for corrective eyewear). During your pre-operative consultation and evaluation, you will pick out the most suitable IOL based on your vision needs, lifestyle and personal preferences.
The Surgical Procedure, Step by Step
Cataract surgery is normally a very short procedure performed on an outpatient basis. You will have surgery and be able to recover at home later that day.
Prior to the procedure, your eyes will be completely numbed, so you should not feel any pain during the operation. The cataract surgeon will create a small incision in the eye to access your natural lens, and carefully fragment the lens into small pieces. Once the pieces have been removed from your eye, the surgeon will position the artificial lens where the natural lens used to be. The entire process normally takes less than 30 minutes to complete.
Cataract surgery recovery is usually quite rapid, and most patients resume their normal activities within a few days. Once removed, cataracts cannot return, so you can enjoy your clear, crisp vision for many years to come.
What are my options to treat cataracts?
Surgery is the only available option to reverse the progression of cataracts. The good news is that cataract surgery is safe, routine and convenient. Millions of older Americans undergo cataract procedures each year, preserving clear sight far into the future.
Isn’t putting something artificial in my eye risky?
There are no real negatives to replacing your clouded cataract with the intraocular lens implant. It is designed to become a permanent part of your eye. It will not be rejected by your body or wear out. And because it is made of a special material, it will remain clear for a lifetime.
Is there more than one type of lens I can choose?
Yes, as cataract surgical procedures and products continue to advance, patients have more choices than ever. Advanced intraocular lenses (IOLs), for example, not only replace clouded cataracts but also have the ability to vary focus from near to far. Advanced IOLs reduce or eliminate a patient’s need for glasses or contacts after cataract surgery.
For example, the ReSTOR and Tecnis Multifocal lenses provide a full range of vision, using a special surface design that brings close and distant objects into focus without eye muscle assistance. The CrystaLens performs this same function by using your eye’s natural muscle.
Although adults who needed glasses or contacts before cataract surgery may not achieve 20/20 vision with these advanced IOLs, almost all patients who receive these lenses will see a real improvement in their vision. An estimated 80 percent of advanced IOL patients will have no need to rely on glasses or contacts, and nearly all will be able to pass a driver’s license exam without corrective lenses. In addition, the vast majority will not need reading glasses.
Are the results immediate?
In just a few days, you’ll have very good distance vision and will be able to resume your daily routine. If you have chosen advanced IOL implants, it will take longer for your eye and brain to coordinate signals received via the new lenses. It’s a learning process that may take several weeks, and mostly affects near vision.
As your eyes recover, you will likely experience some sensitivity to bright lights in the short term, but it will not affect your ability to drive or see at night. In some patients, especially those who choose advanced IOL implants, glare and halos around lights may be permanent, but in most cases will become less noticeable over time.
The healing process begins at different times for each eye, as the experienced vision professionals at Aucello EyeCare Center in Connecticut operate on one eye at a time, which is standard medical practice. The interval between surgeries varies from one to four weeks.
If you’d like more information on cataracts, call or email the team at Aucello EyeCare Center. We invite you to schedule a personal consultation with an experienced eyecare professional in either our South Windsor or our Newington office.
Talk to Our Team about Cataract Surgery
Whether you are experiencing symptoms consistent with cataracts and want to be evaluated, or you have already been diagnosed and want to explore your treatment options, our team can help.
Call us today at (860) 644-4362 or (860) 667-2020 to set up an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!