Imagine a world where every moment is characterized by crisp, clear sight, and vibrant colors with sharp details surround you! Unfortunately, for many individuals affected by cataracts, such moments are rare as their worldview is obscured by cloudy vision. If you struggle with this, don’t fret, our team at Michigan Eyecare Institute in Dearborn, Livonia, and Southfield is dedicated to helping you reclaim your visual clarity and enhance your quality of life. As a leading provider of comprehensive vision care, we specialize in cataract surgery, a transformative procedure that can restore your vision and improve your overall quality of life.
What are Cataracts?
Often associated with aging, cataracts are a common vision problem typified by cloudy vision. In addition to cloudy vision, cataracts are often accompanied by blurred vision, increased sensitivity to glare, and difficulty seeing in low-light conditions.
These symptoms are hardly noticeable at first but steadily worsen over time, significantly impairing one’s vision, and consequently, the ability to perform daily tasks and enjoy activities. Thankfully, cataract surgery can help bring back the brilliance and beauty of the world you deserve to experience.
The Benefits of Cataract Surgery
Cataract surgery is a safe and highly effective procedure that involves removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with an artificial lens called an intraocular lens (IOL). This outpatient surgery is performed by a skilled ophthalmologist using advanced techniques and state-of-the-art technology.
By removing the clouded lens and replacing it with an IOL, cataract surgery can significantly improve your vision, clarity, and color perception. Many patients experience a dramatic enhancement in their overall visual quality, allowing them to see the world with renewed clarity and vibrancy.
During your cataract surgery consultation, a skilled ophthalmologist will discuss the various types of intraocular lenses available to meet your unique visual needs. At Michigan Eyecare Institute, we offer a range of premium IOL options, including multifocal and toric lenses, which can address other vision issues such as astigmatism or the need for reading glasses. Our experts will guide you in selecting the most suitable IOL for your lifestyle and preferences, ensuring optimal visual outcomes after cataract surgery.
Experience a Seamless Surgery Experience
At Michigan Eyecare Institute in Dearborn, Livonia, and Southfield, your comfort, safety, and satisfaction from the start to the end of your cataract surgery journey are our priority. A designated team will provide you with detailed, pre-operative instructions, and answer any questions you may have to alleviate any concerns or uncertainties.
During the surgery, you’ll be given local anesthesia to ensure a painless experience, and our team of ophthalmologists will perform the procedure with precision, efficiency, and utmost care. After surgery, our team will provide you with post-operative instructions and schedule follow-up visits to monitor your healing progress and address any concerns.
What to Expect with Cataract Surgery
While each patient is unique, some patients will require additional treatment before obtaining required measurements for Cataract Surgery. Measurements will be taken to determine the proper focusing power for your IOL (Intraocular Lens). Also, you will be asked about any medicines you take. You will also be prescribed eyedrop medications to start taking before surgery. Those medications will help prevent infection and reduce swelling during and after surgery.
The day of surgery:
No eating or drinking after midnight.
Cataract surgery is done in an outpatient surgery center or in a hospital setting.
During cataract surgery, your cloudy natural lens is removed and replaced with a clear artificial lens.
After the surgery, you will be observed by a nurse for a short period of time, usually 30 minutes, and be sent home with a protective shield covering the eye.
- You will be prescribed eye drops to use after surgery. Make sure to follow the instructions of the drops carefully to ensure proper healing.
- Make sure to avoid getting water or soap in the operation eye.
- Never rub or press on the eye.
- The doctor will provide you with a protective shield to use when sleeping.
- After your surgery we recommend no heavy lifting or strenuous physical activity for about a week.
Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed surgery in the US, it is also one of the safest and most successful. As with any surgery, however, there are always risks. Overall, complications from cataract surgery occur in less than 1% of surgeries. Some of the risks associated with Cataract Surgery include:
- Eye infection
- Swelling in the front or inside of the eye
- Detached retina
- Loss of vision
- Reactions to anesthesia
Cataract surgery cannot restore vision lost from other problems like glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration. Even in these situations, however, removing the cataract can maximize the remaining vision you have left, helping you see better and improving your quality of life.