Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in the world. This condition occurs when clouding occurs in your eyes, blurring your vision. While the blinding effects of cataracts can’t be reversed on the actual lens, many patients have benefitted from cataract surgery, which replaces the diseased lens with artificial ones. While cataract surgery is a pretty quick and painless procedure, it requires pre and post-surgery management to increase the chances of a successful outcome.
At Bay Optical serving Saratoga Springs, NY, Greenwich, NY, Warrensburg, NY, and Glens Falls, NY, we are here to offer you cataract co-management tips to keep your eyesight healthy.
What to Expect from Cataracts Surgery
Cataract surgery is the removal of the clouded (opaqued) lens and replacing it with an artificial lens. Cataracts occur due to protein accumulation in the lenses, blocking light from entering your lenses.
Most cataracts develop due to aging. However, factors like smoking, UV light exposure, diabetes, and excessive alcohol intake may increase the risk. Initially, you may not experience any signs of this eye disease. However, as your cataracts become more pronounced, you may have trouble driving at night, perceiving colors, and seeing halos around light sources. Besides, light sensitivity, the need for increased light to read, and frequently changing your prescription eyeglasses are all tell-tale symptoms of this eye disease.
Cataract surgery eliminates the above symptoms by replacing your clouded lenses with artificial ones. During the procedure, a laser is used to cut the tissue capsule encasing the lens. Then, an ultrasound is used to break up the lens for easier removal. Finally, your eye doctor implants a healthy lens in the tissue capsule, restoring your vision.
Co-management Before and After Cataracts Surgery
Your cataracts can be managed with eyeglasses and contact lenses. However, if they have progressed to the point of disrupting your life, surgery may be best course of action. During a comprehensive exam, an optometrist on our optometry team can review how your vision has been affected by cataracts. If we determine our methods aren’t managing the condition to an acceptable state, we may recommend eye surgery.
On the eve of the cataract surgery, an eye doctor on our optometry team can carry out a pre-operative exam to determine all is well. An optometrist, after the cataracts treatment eye surgery, then may carry out a series of eye exams to track your progress. If you need corrective lenses after the cataracts treatment eye surgery, we can ensure you get the right prescription as a part of our co-management services.
Get Cataracts Treatment and Co-Management from an Optometrist on Our Optometry Team
Cataract surgery can give your eyes a new lease of life. However, for a favorable outcome, pre and post-surgery may be able to help. If you need cataracts co-management services, reach out to us at Bay Optical, serving (518) 792-4140 Glens Falls, NY, (518) 587-2020 Saratoga, NY, (518) 692-2960 Greenwich, NY, (518) 623-2229 Warrensburg, NY, and the surrounding areas. Call us for an eye doctor on our optometry team.