What is a Cataract?
A cataract is a progressive clouding of the eye’s naturally clear lens. The lens focuses light rays on the retina, the layer of light-sensing cells lining the back of the eye. When the lens becomes cloudy, the light rays cannot pass through it easily. Early changes may not disturb vision, but over time cataracts typically result in blurred or fuzzy vision and sensitivity to light. Other common symptoms include glare, starbursts, halos, difficult distance or near vision, distorted vision, and fading colors.
Cataracts are the most common cause of preventable blindness in the world. Fortunately, cataracts can be treated. More than one million cataract surgeries are performed in the United States each year. It is among the most successful operations performed today.
Is cataract surgery effective?
Yes. Cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed operations, and also one of the most effective. It is reported that 98% of cataract surgeries result in improved vision, and only a small number of patients experience any complications.
Is cataract surgery right for me?
Cataracts form naturally as you age, and in the beginning stages may not impair your vision. A cataract should be removed only when it begins to interfere with everyday activities such as driving or reading. Discuss your vision with your doctor as you decide if cataract surgery will improve your quality of life.
How long is the recovery after surgery?
Your vision may be blurry for a few days following your procedure, but you should have no problem returning to many of your everyday activities. It takes some time for the eye to heal and adjust focus. Ask your doctor when you are ready to resume driving.