Armory Eyecare

Cataracts

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What are cataracts?

A Cataract occurs when the proteins in your eye’s natural lens break down, causing the lens to become blurry. This can cause vision to become hazy, blurry, or less colorful. 

Cataracts are an aging change, in fact 9 out of 10 Americans develop them by the age of 65. Other reasons  for cataract development may include: genetic inheritance, certain medical problems, injuries, sun exposure, and certain medications.

How are Cataracts Treated?

Surgery is the only way to treat Cataracts. Your ophthalmologist will recommend surgery when the cataract inhibits your ability to do things you need or want to do due to blurry vision.  

Cataract Surgery is an operation in which your eye’s cloudy lens is removed and replaced with a clear artificial lens, called an intraocular lens (IOL).

Cataract Surgery at a glance

CATARACTIC REMOVAL

The Surgeon will remove your clouded lens through a tiny incision.

LENS INSERTION

The Surgeon replaces your original lens with an intraocular lens.

The following are some of the intraocular lenses that Dr. Dua uses:

  • AcrySof® IQ PanOptix®: The PanOptix® Lens gives you a full range of vision with clear distance, enhanced intermediate and excellent near vision.
  • AcrySof® IQ Vivity™: The Vivity™ Lens allows you to see clearly far away and at arm’s length while still providing functional vision up close.
  • TECNIS Eyhance™ Toric II: Enhance™ is a monofocal lens that addresses astigmatism and delivers high-quality distance vision as well as better low-light image contrast.
  • TECHNIS Symfony®: Symfony® (with and without astigmatism correction) is an extended depth of focus lens that provides high-quality vision from near to far and all points in between as well as enhanced low-light vision.
  • TECNIS Synergy™ Toric II: Synergy™ provides a very wide range of high-quality continuous vision from distance, intermediate and near as well as offering sharper vision day and night.

What to expect with cataract surgery

Before Surgery:

Be sure to mention to your ophthalmologist any outstanding medical risks you may have. Your ophthalmologist will measure your eye’s lens to determine the focusing power for your lens implant. You will be asked about any medications you are taking, and may be asked to not take some of these medications preceding surgery. You may be prescribed medicines such as eyedrops before your surgery, which can help to prevent and mitigate infection or inflammation during or after the operation.

You may be asked to not eat solid food at least 6 hours before the operation.

During Surgery:

Here is what will happen during your surgery:

  • Either using eyedrops or an injection around the eye, your eye will be numbed. You may also be given another medicine to help you relax.
  • You will go through the surgery awake, however, you will not see what the doctor is doing with your eye.
  • The surgeon will enter your cornea through small incisions to reach the lens of your eye.
  • Using small surgical instruments, they will break up the previous lens and remove it. Then they will insert a new intraocular lens in its place.
  • The incisions made in your eye will heal by themselves over time, and stitches are rarely necessary. A shield is placed over your eye to protect the eye during recovery.
  • After resting for 15-30 minutes in the recovery area following the procedure, you are ready to go home.


After Surgery:

  • You will be given eyedrops to use after surgery.
  • Try to avoid direct contact of soap or water with the eye.
  • You may be asked to wear eyeglasses or a shield to deter the urge to rub or scratch your eye.
  • You will be given an eye shield to wear while you sleep.
  • Your ophthalmologist will give you directions on when you are in the clear to return to normal physical activity.


Dr. Dua also offers laser assisted cataract surgery using the LenSx® femtosecond laser, which is designed to improve precision and reproducibility during certain challenging and critical steps of cataract surgery. Because this technology allows for laser precision during these steps, the LenSx laser may contribute to improved surgical outcomes. Because LenSx is considered a premium procedure by most insurance carriers, you can expect to pay out-of-pocket expenses to have the surgery performed using this device.

FAQ's

Q: How long does it take to recover from surgery?

A: Recovery from this surgery is relatively quick, usually within a few days. Your vision may improve soon after surgery, and continue to improve to its full potential over several days or weeks.

Q: Is Cataract Surgery Safe?

A: As with all surgeries, cataract surgery comes with its risks. However, cataract surgery is one of the most common and safest surgical procedures performed.