Monday, January 16, 2017

A Primer on Cataracts and Your Cataract Surgeon

Do you experience blurred vision, glare, or difficulty in reading? If you do, then you may have a cataract. Cataract is the clouding of the eye’s lens that lies behind the iris and the pupil. It usually develops gradually in both eyes but one maybe worse than the other. Currently, there is no way to prevent it and the only way to treat it is to have a cataract surgeon remove the natural lens in the eye.

When to consider cataract surgery

Since cataracts develop very slowly, changing your eyeglass or lens prescription regularly can help improve your vision. However, when it has significantly decreased that you can no longer easily and safely carry out your daily activities like driving, reading or watching, then it’s time to think about cataract surgery.

Who performs cataract surgery

Only licensed ophthalmologists can perform cataract surgery. They are medical doctors who specialize in detecting and treating eye diseases.

Your eye doctor should be a well-respected board certified ophthalmologist, who specializes in cataract surgery. A great specialist is aware of the latest techniques and methods.

More experienced cataract surgeons can better anticipate possible complications. They value quality and progress, and will take the time to walk you through what to expect from the procedure.

You must feel comfortable with your chosen cataract surgeon. He should willingly listen to you and must be able to answer all your questions in a way that you will completely understand. Your cataract surgeon should also have an office location and office hours that are convenient to you.

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