Cataracts usually develop slowly and painlessly, but can eventually lead to blindness. Surgery is the only way to treat cataracts. If you have cataracts, talk to your eye doctor about whether surgery is right for you. At San Antonio Eye & Face Institute PLLC, we're here to provide you with all the information you need to know about cataract surgery.
Our Alamo Heights and San Antonio, TX, ophthalmology team can conduct a thorough diagnosis of your eyes and formulate the most suitable treatment plan for your cataracts.
What Are Cataracts and How Do They Happen?
Cataracts are a condition in which the lens of the eye becomes cloudy. This can happen for a variety of reasons, including age, injury, and certain diseases. The lens is responsible for focusing light onto the retina, so when it becomes cloudy, vision becomes blurred. Cataracts typically develop slowly over time, and many people don't realize they have them until they start having problems seeing clearly. Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness, so if they are left untreated, they can lead to permanent vision loss.
How Does Cataract Surgery Work?
Cataract surgery is a procedure that removes the cloudy lens of the eye and replaces it with an artificial lens. This is an outpatient surgery that is typically done under local anesthesia. Most people experience a significant improvement in their vision after surgery.
There is no special preparation required for cataract surgery. However, you will need to stop taking certain medications before the surgery. You will also need to arrange for someone to take you home after the surgery, as you will not be able to drive.
What Are the Benefits of Cataract Surgery?
There are many benefits to cataract surgery, including:
- Improved vision
- Restored ability to see colors
- Reduced glare and halos around lights
- Improved ability to drive, read, and perform other activities that require good vision
What Are the Risks of Cataract Surgery?
As with any surgery, there are risks associated with cataract surgery. However, the risks are minimal and typically include infection, bleeding, swelling, and temporary loss of vision. If you are experiencing any problems with your vision after surgery, be sure to contact one of our ophthalmologists.
Most people experience a quick and easy recovery after cataract surgery. You will need to take it easy for the first few days after surgery, but you should be able to go back to your normal activities within a week or two.
Visit San Antonio Eye & Face Institute PLLC for Cataract Diagnosis and Treatment
If your cataracts have grown excessively and are impacting your daily life negatively, then it's time to consider surgery. Our Alamo Heights and San Antonio, TX, ophthalmology team can provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision about this procedure. Contact us today to schedule a consultation! Call (210) 485-1488 to book an appointment.