In the beginning stages, when symptoms are mild, treatment may involve a change of prescription for glasses. But once you find cataracts interfering with your day to day life, your OCB eye doctor will likely recommend that you consider cataract surgery, which is the only treatment for cataracts. There are no medications or eye drops that will cure cataracts.
At OCB, educating patients about cataracts play an important role in our approach to treatment. Decisions surrounding when and at what stage cataract surgery is most appropriate vary from patient to patient depending on symptoms they experience, and their individual needs and concerns. We take the time to understand your unique situation and provide you with the information you need to make a decision you are comfortable with, that will give you with the best possible outcome.
New technology and advances in treatment methods for cataracts have turned what was at one time a lengthy in-patient operation into an outpatient procedure with a significantly swifter recovery and significantly better outcomes for patients.
Cataract surgery has become a much easier, less invasive procedure than it was years ago. The procedure we use to remove cataracts is called phacoemulsification. In phacoemulsification, ultrasound energy gently fragments the large hard center (nucleus) of the cataract and allows it to be aspirated through a small instrument. Once the natural lens is removed, a new artificial intraocular lens (IOL) is placed to focus light on the back of the eye providing clear vision. The incision is very small (about 2-3 mm) and self-sealing so sutures are generally not required. The small incision greatly speeds up the healing process after surgery and improved visual outcomes.
In the last 40 years, tens of millions of IOLs have been implanted. IOLs affords vision that is closest to natural.
Risks of cataract surgery
An element of risk exists in any surgical procedure and complications can occur during surgery or in the healing phase after surgery, despite the best care.
Complications associated with cataract surgery can include blockage of blood vessels, retinal detachment, corneal swelling, macular swelling, bleeding and infection. A very rare complication is the possibility that the intraocular lens will require removal or repositioning. After cataract surgery, well over 90% of patients see significantly better. If patients who are known to have retinal disease are excluded from this group, the success rate is even higher, approaching 98%. Your doctor will discuss with you risks specific to your care prior to surgery.
At OCB we strive for excellence in every aspect of your care. We have highly experienced Board Certified cataract surgeons with complication and infection rates that are well below the national average.
Intraocular Lenses (IOLs)