The Benefits of Cataract Removal Surgery

August 16, 2016 — by lwillingham
Tags: Cataracts Cataract Surgery

A couple biking outdoorsHere at Southwest Eye Care and Laser, we are proud to offer advanced vision services to the people of Bakersfield. From laser eye surgery to enhance vision to surgical removal of cataracts, patients routinely leave our practice seeing the world clearer.

Many patients who come to see us suffer from cataracts. This is especially true of elderly patients. Let's go over the basics of cataracts and then consider the benefits of undergoing cataract surgery.

About Cataracts

A cataract refers to the clouding of the naturally clear lens of the eye. These issues occur when the proteins within the lens clump together, causing the lens to become milky in appearance. This has a negative impact on vision, resulting in blurriness, haziness, and severe impairment.

Cataracts may be caused by the natural aging process, eye injuries, smoking, steroid use, and excessive exposure to UV radiation.

How Cataract Surgery Works

Cataract surgery involves the removal of the clouded lens of the eye. During the procedure, a small incision is made on the cornea, which is the thin outermost layer of the eye. The clouded lens is broken up and removed, with the lens capsule left intact. An artificial lens known as an intraocular lens (IOL) is often placed in order to restore overall vision.

Good Candidates for Cataract Surgery

Good candidates for cataract surgery are people who have advanced cataracts that significantly impact their vision. They should be in good health overall and would benefit from this eye procedure. If a patient's cataracts are not extremely cloudy, they may simply need corrective lenses. This can be determined during a consultation.

Enhancing Overall Vision Quality

By undergoing cataract removal surgery and having an intraocular lens (IOL) placed, patients will notice a significant improvement in vision quality. Issues with blurriness, haziness, and color sensitivity will be improved.

Good Vision Sometimes Without the Need for Prescription Lenses

Intraocular lenses (IOLs) have come a long way over the years. Some allow patients to focus on objects located at different distances. These multifocal IOLs offer exceptional vision, sometimes allowing patients to see just fine without the need for corrective lenses after their surgery.

Improved Appearance of the Eyes

The cloudiness of a cataract can cause the eyes to have an off-putting appearance. These aesthetic issues can be a major source of self-consciousness. The removal of the clouded lens of the eye can make your eyes look much better overall, ending the aesthetic issues while also improving overall vision and quality of life.

Is Cataract Surgery Right for Me?

If you have cataracts and would like to learn more about the procedure and if it is right for you, it;s important to stop by the practice for a consultation. We'll be able to provide you with an honest assessment of your options and which might be most ideal for you.

Contact Southwest Eye Care and Laser

For more information about removing cataracts and enhancing your overall vision and eye health, be sure to contact our advanced eye and vision care center today. The team at Southwest Eye Care and Laser is here to help you see clearly and experience an improved quality of life.

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