Vision Before and After Cataracts
Vision before Cataract Surgery
The important thing to remember about cataracts is that, although they mainly afflict those over 50 as part of the natural aging process, cataracts can occur in people of any age, including children and infants. If you are experiencing even mild vision problems such as blurriness, distortion, a foggy or hazy effect, halos or glare around lights, problems seeing at night, or other issues, you should schedule an eye exam right away. Cataracts can sometimes present themselves as common vision conditions such as nearsightedness or farsightedness in the early stages, so it is imperative that you have your eyes examined on a routine basis. Our team of eye doctors at The Eye Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah, with a satellite office in Rock Springs, Wyoming, include highly experienced cataract surgeons who can help.
Vision after Cataract Surgery
Vision after cataract surgery is generally greatly improved, often with results that give you freedom from having to wear corrective eyewear such as glasses or contact lenses. With lens implants such as ReSTOR® or Crystalens, the clouded natural lens of the eye is replaced with an artificial lens that can better focus light onto the retina. Most importantly, cataract surgery is designed to completely remove the problem, stopping the progression of vision loss and resulting in the ability to see more clearly, without fogginess, halos, and other symptoms.
Cataract surgery does have certain risks, just as any surgical procedure. Our cataract surgeons take every precaution to minimize those risks, and have an extraordinary success rate with this procedure. Please contact The Eye Institute for more information on cataract surgery and other options to treat cataracts, or to schedule an examination.
While most people enjoy clearer vision after surgery, some patients develop a mild condition called posterior capsular opacification (PCO or secondary cataract) in time. A YAG laser treatment, which takes a few minutes, easily removes the PCO and any secondary cataract. These additional procedures are typically covered by insurance.