Living your life, you begin to notice the sun does not seem as bright as it once was. As you do up close work things blur more than normal. Colors of your clothes, of your vehicle, and of your home seem faded. At night headlights from other vehicles form a halo making it hard to see where the vehicle begins or ends. It happened so gradually you cannot even pinpoint when the vision began to change. The symptoms seem so general and more of an annoyance than a real problem you dismiss it and just as easily it could be from stress. Eventually, it does not go away or get better.
All the symptoms described above indicate a cataract forming. Behind the iris and pupil lies the clear transparent lens. The body uses it to place the light in just the right spots on the retina in the back the eye. As a person ages, the lens becomes less flexible and it takes time for it to adjust but if the blurriness last more than a second or two it may be the lens has begun to cloud. Cataracts can be disease related, come from overexposure to the sun, happen because of an injury or age related. In early stages a set of glasses and increasing lighting in the environment will help. In some cases, if the cataract remains small, LASIK surgery may still be a possibility to improve vision. LASIK will not prevent a cataract from developing, but it does correct refractive errors. It must become decided by a case by case basis. Eventually, the cloudiness will cause the need for surgery.
Houston LASIK has information on cataract surgery. The surgery does not become a possibility until the loss of vision interferes with everyday activities. Know that cataract surgery has become common. LASIK and cataract procedures are not the same thing. LASIK takes care of refractive errors. Cataract surgery involves removing the lens of the eye and replacing it with an artificial lens. The doctor has a choice of two main approaches for lens removal.
Small incision cataract surgery uses a process known as phacoemulsification. An ultrasound probe inserts into the lens area of the eye. A sonic sound breaks the lens into small pieces that then become suctioned out. Then an artificial lens becomes inserted. Larger incisions happen with extracapsular surgery. The lens becomes removed as a whole piece. A plastic lens known as an intraocular lens becomes implanted. No matter which surgery is chosen by the surgeon the success rate continues to be at a 90% level.
Many people take some time before deciding on cataract surgery. Many have other eye issues and cataract surgery may restore partial vision. When the lens has been the only problem then most of the vision restores and patient satisfaction remains high. With other issues in the eye until the surgery becomes done, it’s hard to tell how much of vision loss results from the cloudy lens and how much is to the other issue. It takes several weeks before full healing occurs.
Call and have a council session with the staff in Houston. They can give plenty of information. Then have a consultation with the doctors at Houston LASIK. A treatment plan will become created for you.
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