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Posted on 02-15-2017
Cataract Surgery in Las Vegas
Cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss in people over 40. In fact, almost all seniors will develop cataracts in their lifetime. Loss of vision isn't inevitable for those who develop cataracts, though. If caught and treated early enough, cataracts can be treated with surgical procedures that completely restore a patient's vision. At The Brimhall Eye Center, our ophthalmology team treats patients in all stages of cataract development.
Eye Doctor Discusses Cataracts
Your eye has a crystalline lens through which light passes, allowing you to see. As people age, the protein inside the eyeball can break down, clumping together and sticking to the inside of this lens. This clouding of the lens, known as a cataract, can cause your vision to be fuzzed or yellowed. If left untreated, the lens will eventually become so coated that you can't see through it any more.
There's very little, medically, that our eye doctor team can do when we first diagnose cataracts. Our patients can care for their eyes on their own by staying out of sunlight and protecting their eyes. This can delay the development of cataracts. The key to knowing about this is regular eye exams. Most of our cataract patients were diagnosed before they noticed any symptoms at all. Once we know you're developing cataracts, our team can watch to see how the damage progresses.
What About Cataract Surgery?
The decision to have cataract surgery is one you'll make with our ophthalmology team. Generally, when the cataracts have gotten so bad that they affect your daily life (reading, driving, working), it's time to schedule cataract surgery. This is a simple outpatient procedure, and most patients have few or no lasting effects past the first day or two. Cataract surgery is the most common procedure performed in this country, with over 3 million successful surgeries done each year, and all but about 10 percent of all cataract patients have virtually perfect vision restored.
The procedure is completely painless and surprisingly quick. Technicians will put a series of drops into your eyes to numb them. Our eye doctor will then remove your clouded lens and replace it with a clear artificial intraocular lens. The tiny incision on your eye will heal without having to worry about sutures or bandages, and you'll be able to go home with greatly improved vision within a couple of hours.
Recovery is a matter of resting and caring for your eyes for about a week, using basic common sense. Most patients report little to no pain at all.
If you have any questions about cataract surgery or cataracts, call our Las Vegas office at (702) 299-6543. We'll make an appointment for you to consult with a member of our ophthalmology team.
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