Out of the five senses that humans have, vision is by far the most important. Your vision is so powerful that it can trick your brain into believing things are true even when all of your other senses combined tell you that something is not true. Most people take their vision for granted until a situation arises where their vision starts to diminish. One example of this type of situation is the development of cataracts. Fortunately, cataract surgery was designed to help people who are dealing with this condition.
What is a Cataract?
Cataracts are so common that it is a term that everyone knows, but not everyone thoroughly understands what it is. A cataract is where the lenses of your eyes become cloudy. These lenses sit in between the front and back areas of the eyes immediately behind the pupil.
While it is true that cataracts are most commonly seen in older individuals, younger people can develop cataracts as well. In rare cases, even infants can be born with congenital cataracts. Congenital cataracts are often linked to the mother having an infectious disease during pregnancy.
In the majority of the cases, cataracts are connected to age. They develop slowly over time and are seen in people who are 50 years of age or over. It is estimated that by the time a person reaches 65, they have a 50 percent chance of developing cataracts, and by age 75, just about everyone has one.
Do Doctors Remove Cataracts When They are First Detected?
Cataracts start out small. They are usually undetectable when they first start out. Gradually, they grow larger and start to affect your vision. We may notice a cataract and not remove it right away because we want to wait until the cataract significantly affects your vision.
As the cataract progresses, you will need to make frequent visits to our office so that we can monitor the cataract. Some people have cataracts that never reach a point where they need to be removed. It all depends on the unique situation.
Cataract surgery is serious because the surgery involves your eyes. One of the nice things about cataract surgery is that it is one of the most commonly performed types of surgery in the US.
How is Cataract Surgery Performed?
During this procedure, the doctor gains access to the eye’s natural lens. The lens is safely broken down using specialized processes. This makes it easier for it to be removed. Once the lens is removed, it is replaced with an artificial lens called an intraocular lens.
In the vast majority of cases, your eye is going to heal very fast and will not need stitches. Lasers have made it possible for doctors to perform this procedure with computer assistance. This has increased the accuracy and recovery time.
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Live Oak Ophthalmology is proud to offer cataract surgery in addition to many other procedures, such as LASIK eye surgery and a cornea transplant. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our office in Wilmington!