If you have been suffering with cataracts, surgery can help you experience several important benefits that can greatly enhance your quality of life. At Ophthalmology Physicians & Surgeons, PC, we use advanced techniques and technology to ensure every patient experiences the best possible outcome following cataract surgery. Your surgeon will fully explain the benefits of cataract surgery during a consultation at our Philadelphia, PA, practice.
Cataracts usually form gradually. In the earliest stages, patients can take several non-surgical steps to see clearly in spite of the obstruction. These include using bright lighting when reading and making certain that their corrective eyewear prescription is up to date. However, as cataracts reach their later stages, surgery is the only way to achieve permanent relief. Once the clouded crystalline lens has been removed, you cannot develop another cataract. About 20 percent of patients may experience posterior capsule opacity, a condition in which the back half of the capsule that holds the intraocular lens (IOL) in place can become clouded, obstructing vision. Fortunately, this can be easily corrected with a non-invasive laser procedure.
Depending on the kind of IOL you choose, you can experience a minimized need for corrective eyewear following cataract surgery. Once the clouded crystalline lens has been removed, your surgeon will replace it with either a monofocal or multifocal IOL. Monofocal IOLs can correct your vision at one distance - either up close or far away. This means that you will need to continue wearing glasses for tasks such as reading or using your cell phone.
Cataract surgery provides a wealth of benefits including restored focus, confidence, and independence.
It you choose a multifocal lens, you will likely be able to carry out most day-to-day tasks without the need for glasses. However, multifocal IOL candidates must understand that although they can expect a reduced need for corrective eyewear, they may still need glasses for tasks such as reading fine print. During your consultation, your surgeon will help you to understand what you can achieve following cataract surgery.
Your vision is integral to your quality of life. It can take many years for cataract surgery to become absolutely necessary, but most patients find that once they are permanently free of cataracts, they experience greater independence, a dramatic boost in confidence, and an increased overall capacity to enjoy day-to-day life. Suddenly, patients are able to view their family members, their own reflection in the mirror, and the world around them in incredible clarity, with colors no longer appearing dull or faded. Moreover, if you choose a multifocal IOL, you can experience the even greater independence that comes with no longer needing to fumble for your glasses each day when you get out of bed.
Cataract surgery provides a wealth of benefits including restored focus, confidence, and independence. To learn more, schedule a consultation with us today.