Cataracts are a normal part of the aging process and cannot be prevented
Approximately 21 million Americans have cataracts, a progressive clouding of the eye that can lead to vision loss. We can fix it with cataract surgery.
Aurora BayCare offers cataract surgery in partnership with BayCare Clinic Eye Specialists.
Cataracts occur when a clear lens inside your eye turns cloudy. This cloud changes the way light enters your eye, causing glare, blurry images, or starbursts. Cataracts are a normal part of the aging process and cannot be prevented. But left untreated, cataracts can lead to blindness.
The good news is that cataract surgery is a very common and very effective procedure, and you don’t have to rush treatment. Many people live with cataracts for months or years before considering surgery. You can use eyeglasses and contacts to help with your vision until you are ready for surgery.
Deciding to have cataract surgery is a personal decision that should be based on your desire for better vision and your eye health. We recommend considering surgery when a cataract begins to interfere with your daily life.
Cataract surgery is a routine procedure that takes just a few hours of your time. During the procedure, the cloudy lens in your eye is broken up, removed, and replaced with a clear intraocular lens.
You can choose a basic intraocular lens or an advanced technology lens that will correct for other vision problems such as nearsightedness or farsightedness.
Patients who choose advanced technology lenses often don’t need glasses at all after surgery. Ninety-five percent of patients undergoing cataract surgery experience improved vision.
Today’s cataract surgery procedures are much more comfortable than they used to be. Patients no longer need to be put under general anesthesia, and most patients won’t have any stitches to irritate their eyes after surgery.
Cataract surgery is a routine procedure. And depending on the options you choose, you may be able to see clearly without using glasses or contacts after surgery.