By age 65, more than 90% of people have some form of cataract, a clouding of the eye’s lens that typically comes with aging. For many, cataracts can be debilitating—their vision becomes so obscured that they must cut back on activitives.
But fortunately, problems from cataracts can be corrected. In fact, cataract microsurgery is a procedure with one of the highest success rates of any surgeries—more than 98%. And new advancements in replacement lens technology mean that for many people, cataract surgery can be truly life-changing. Cataract microsurgery is an outpatient procedure that is typically performed with little discomfort. During a cataract surgery at Drs. Campbell, Cunningham, Taylor & Haun, a board-certified Ophthalmologist removes the affected natural lens of the eye with a small instrument. Then a replacement lens, or Intraocular Lens (IOL), is implanted. This procedure restores the eye’s ability to allow light to pass through unobstructed to the retina.
The procedure itself only takes a few minutes for most cases and no stitches are required. Patients usually return home the same day and resume normal activities in a day or two. Many see dramatic improvements in the vision in the next few days or weeks. In fact, you can read about some of our patients’ experiences here.
In recent years, there have been major advancements in replacement lenses for cataract patients. In the past, lenses have been monofocal—they were designed for either near or distance vision, and patients used glasses to accommodate when needed. Today’s premium lenses are multi-focal, and adjust much like a natural lens. Lens options can be selected that also help correct astigmatism or other conditions. Some patients are even able to discard their glasses after cataract microsurgery.
You can read more about new premium lens options here.
If you’re over the age of 50, it’s important to have regular eye exams to identify cataracts. It may take a number of years for a cataract to develop and obscure vision, and many patients may not realize how much their vision is being affected.
To schedule an appointment with Drs. Campbell, Cunningham, Taylor & Haun, call (865) 584-0905. Or click here, fill out the form and we will contact you to schedule an appointment.