What is cataract surgery and how can it improve your vision?
The human body is amazing. When it comes to your eyes, there are so many components that combine to produce a truly awesome sense of sight. One of these components is the lens in your eye. This is usually clear, and it allows us to focus on objects. Various conditions can affect your lenses, one of which is cataracts.
What are cataracts?
‘Cataracts’ is a general term for a condition that cloud the vision. The lens contains proteins arranged in straight lines and when cataracts are developing, these proteins clump together. This is what causes double vision and other symptoms.
How do you know if you have cataracts?
The onset of cataracts tends to be slow. They can occur in one eye but usually happen in both at the same time. Signs to look out for include:
- Blurry or cloudy vision in one eye or in both eyes
- An increased need for light
- Reduced sharpness in vision
- Double vision
- Reduced ability to perceive color
- Problems with depth perception
If you notice any of the above, you need to see an eye doctor as soon as possible. They will undertake tests and examinations and if you have cataracts, they may refer you to eye surgery specialists, like ourselves, for treatment.
Who gets cataracts?
Advancing age is one of the main factors that can lead to cataracts. There are other health conditions and lifestyle factors that are often linked with their development. These include:
- Excessive alcohol and tobacco consumption
- Exposure to UV rays
- Some medications
What can you do if you have cataracts?
Once you have discovered the cause of your symptoms, you can make an appointment at the Braverman-Terry Eye Center in San Antonio, Texas to discuss your options. One of the options available is cataract surgery. This is a minor procedure performed on the lens to break up the cataract and insert a permanent new lens. After a short healing period, you should experience a high level of natural vision again.
The eye surgery specialist who will guide you through the entire process at the clinic is Dr. Oday Alsheikh, who is nationally renowned for his effective work with cataract surgery and has many years’ worth of experience successfully restoring visual acuity. Our expert ophthalmologist will provide you with care and support, from your first appointment, to post procedure, aftercare, and beyond. We firmly believe in regularly monitoring your eye health and checking that you are getting the expected results from your treatment.
Are there any risks?
Every medical procedure carries some risk. There may be some cases (advanced eye conditions and certain health problems) where the risk is greater, and this kind of treatment is not recommended. The best way to tell if your circumstances are suitable is to visit the clinic for a consultation.
The success rate for this eye restoration procedure is very high. When you come to see Dr. Oday Alsheikh and his experienced team, they will talk you through the benefits and challenges of relevant treatments. Offering transparency around the surgical process, risks and other details means that you can make an informed decision about your sight and remain empowered.