Needing and Getting Cataract Surgery and Lens Implants
You may have noticed that I have not been coming by to comment on all your hubs and it is because I was having trouble seeing and found out that I needed to have cataract surgery and get lens implants. I tried has long has I could but was just making my eyes tired and making my good eye worse. I have lost a few followers but thanks to all you who have kept following me and who have left comments on any of my hubs. I hope soon I will be able to get around to all your hubs to leave comments like I use to.
The lens in our eyes is called the crystalline lens it is naturally soft, flexible and crystal clear and it has excellent transparency and clarity when we are younger. As we get older in to our 50’s and 60’s, the normal crystal clear lens can become cloudy. When this happens, you may in the very beginning see some blurring of your vision and feel that you may need a change in your eyeglasses. As the crystalline lens does loses more of its transparency and its optical clarity, you may notice that it is not as easy to see well in dim light any more, such as when you are night driving. You may notice that colors look not has bright and may look faded to you.
The most common symptoms of a cataract are:
Cloudy or blurry vision.
Colors seem faded.
Glare. Headlights, lamps, or sunlight may appear too bright. A halo may appear around lights.
Poor night vision.
Double vision or multiple images in one eye.
Frequent prescription changes in your eyeglasses
Cataracts are a common eye problem as we get older, but cataracts can affect anyone even if you have had normal vision all of your life. It is important to note that cataracts can even be more common if you have had certain health problems such as diabetes or have taken certain medications such as steroids for asthma or some other conditions. If you are having vision changes or problems like these, it is important to schedule a eye examination and cataract discussion with your eye doctor.
About Cataract Surgery
Today’s cataract surgery is safe, and very commonly done daily. If you have been told that you have a cataract, there is little need to be worried about cataract surgery In the United States, more than 2 million people have this surgery every year. Thanks to great surgical technique and advanced in lens implants, cataract surgery is not only one of the most performed surgeries in the United States, but it is also one of the safest and most successful surgeries that you can have. The cataract surgeons will perform cataract surgery using a technique which requires no stitches, no injection and no patch in an outpatient or day surgery center. A few days before the cataract surgery you will start to put eye drops in that eye three or four times a day as ordered by your doctor.
The Cataract Surgery
The cataract surgery will begin with drops being placed in your eye to dilate your pupil. Your eye will then be treated with anesthetic drops or gel so that you will not feel anything during your eye surgery. Some patients have experience pressure, cold or mild burning sensations, but almost never has there been reported any great discomfort.
Next, your cataract surgeon will make a very small incision at the edge of your cornea. This incision will be just large enough to allow his microscopic instrument the size of a pen tip to go through it. This instrument is a very precise instrument that will help the eye surgeons to remove your cataract using sound waves to break it apart and be able to just wash it away and drawn through the same instrument .
After the cataract has been removed from your eye, the eye surgeon will now be able to replace it with a new crystal clear permanent lens implant through the same incision at the edge of the cornea. When your cataract and lens implant surgery is finished, the eye surgeon will have one of his staff members take you to a relaxing place where you will be able to rest before going home. After resting for a short time, a staff member will give you permission to have a family member bring you home.
The surgeon will arrange to see you the next day after your cataract and lens implant surgery so he or she can examine you in order to make sure that your eye is healing and seeing as has it should be. The doctors will also prescribe some eye drops for you to use to help keep your eye infection free and may ask you to wear a protective patch, only at night, to keep you from rubbing your eye during the night. Although each patient will heal a little bit faster or slower, most patients having cataract surgery are able to see well enough to return to their normal daily activities within a day after they have had cataract surgery.
About Lens Implants
Today there are many type of lens implant to correct your vision when having cataract surgery. The most common type of lens implant used in cataract surgery is called a Monofocal lens, this lens only correct distance vision. There are many other types of lens Implants, some will correct close reading vision only, and also some lens Implants will correct both distance vision and close reading vision .Getting some of these lens implants will be up to your doctor and health insurance ,
The Day of My Cataract Surgery
I had my cataract surgery on December 8th at Southcoast Eye Surgery; I had to be there at 7:00am so they could get me ready for my surgery. You cannot eat anything after midnight the day before your surgery or the day of your surgery. I had my brother drive me there so he could be there to take me home after my surgery. All the people there were very nice and made me feel very special. You do not need to undress you just put this Johnny over your close and get on the bed, they take your temp and blood pressure first and then they put an IV in your arm. I’m glad my brother was there so I could have someone to talk to while I waited. When it is your time to have your eye surgery they begin three rounds of three drops in your eye and then put this gel in your eye that will numb your eye. And now I was ready to have my eye surgery, they took me to the surgery and gave me a mild sedative to relax me, you are full awake when they do the surgery on your eye but you don’t feel anything. In about twenty five minutes my eye surgery was done and I was brought back to rest and recover. They gave me a coffee and I was able to go home in about thirty minutes or so. The first day or so you need to wear sunglasses when you go out in the sunlight just to protect your eye, I do wear them all the time when I am out in the sun. My eye is healing well and I see so much better now, and I have already been schedule for surgery on my other eye for January 12th. This was a very easy and painless surgery that I ever had, if you or someone you know needs this type of surgery pleased get it or tell them to read this hub. It is so awesome to be able to see again!!!
My second eye surgery in January went just has easy and painless as the first and in less time has well, in fifteen minutes my second eye surgery was done. Than i was taking to recovery where i had a coffee and they got me ready to leave and go home. I now see better than i did before and only have to wear reading glasses for very smal print. If you need this type of eye surgery please don't worry because it is so easy and painless to go through.