Cataract Surgery in Dallas
Is blurred vision getting in the way of your everyday life? Perhaps you are having difficulty recognizing faces or seeing the television. Or maybe you’re finding it harder to see while driving at night. Colors that you remember as vibrant may now look lackluster. All of these are signs that cataracts are obstructing your vision. The ophthalmologists at Saland Vision have decades of collective experience in treating various types of eye diseases, including cataracts.
What are Cataracts?
A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s lens which causes blurred or distorted vision. Cataracts are a common byproduct of the aging process (though they can also be caused by other medical problems, injury to the eye or previous eye surgery). As the eye ages, a buildup of protein forms on its lens which prevents light from passing through it and focusing objects onto the retina, which disrupts the normal function of the eye and interrupts clear vision. As cataracts worsen, the reduced vision they cause can start to interfere with daily life. This is a problem that can be easily corrected by cataract surgery.
What Does Cataract Surgery Do?
Cataract surgery, one of the most frequently performed surgeries in the world, involves removing the eye’s cloudy lens and implanting an artificial replacement lens to restore clear vision. The skilled surgeons at Saland Vision specialize in a “No-Shot, No-Stitch, No-Patch” cataract surgery that uses the latest technology to replace the eye lens with an intraocular lens (IOL) implant. The procedure is relatively safe and painless, with no injections or stitches used during the procedure and no eye patch needed for recovery.
Good Candidates for Cataract Surgery
Indicators you may be good candidate for cataract surgery include:
- Cloudy or blurred vision
- Difficulty seeing objects in the distance
- Sensitivity to light and glare, or seeing “halos” around lights
- Double vision
- Problems with night vision
- Vision distortions that cause you to see “ghost” images
- Colors seem yellowed or dull
Choosing an Intraocular Lens Implant
Saland Vision offers three different types of IOL implants to choose from to replace the natural lens of the eye during the cataract procedure. Each of these implants are used to correct specific vision problems and reduce the patient’s dependence on glasses after surgery. The AcrySof® IQ lens implant corrects spherical aberrations that cause light sensitivity, including seeing halos or having problems with glare. The AcrySof® IQ Toric lens implant corrects astigmatism for clearer distance vision. The AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® lens implant is a multifocal lens used to restore clearer near and distance vision.
“No-Shot, No-Stitch, No-Patch” Surgery (Phacoemulsification Technique)
Cataract surgery is performed on only one eye at a time. During the procedure, which usually takes less than 30 minutes to perform, the doctor uses anesthetic drops to completely numb the eye. A small incision is made in the cornea, from which point an ultrasonic probe is used to break up and remove the natural lens of the eye. This is a minimally invasive and safe process, causing little to no discomfort to the patient. The doctor then places an IOL implant into the eye. Once the procedure is complete, the corneal incision closes up naturally, with no stitches needed.
After surgery, you will be given a protective shield to wear on your eye for the first 24 hours. Your eye will be sensitive to light and you will have blurry or foggy vision on the day of surgery; however, by the end of that day, or early the next, most patients observe improved or even clear vision.
The Recovery Process
Recovery from this method of cataract surgery usually takes 24 to 48 hours. During recovery, itching and mild discomfort are normal, and your eye may also be more sensitive to light. Daily activities should be limited for the first few days, but many patients feel comfortable driving and returning to work the day after surgery. Avoid rubbing or otherwise touching your eye. You will continue using the medicated eye drops prescribed by your doctor during this time in order to aid healing and avoid infection.
Schedule a Consultation
If you have questions on how cataract surgery can help restore your clear vision, contact the surgical coordinator at Saland Vision to schedule a consultation with one of our surgeons.