Cataract Surgery and Care
Restoring Clarity to Your Vision
NATURAL AGING OF THE LENS
Cataracts are a clouding of the lens inside the eye. Most commonly cataracts develop with age and progress with every passing year. Some people may develop them in their 50s, some in their 60s or 70s. In addition to decreased vision, glare and discomfort in bright lights are characteristics signs. Often with early cataracts, the vision may be acceptable in bright light and in good contrast but gets significantly worse in lower lighting such as dusk or night driving. It is very important to be aware of these differences in order not to be misled by the results of a quick evaluation in broad daylight or a quickly administered eye exam. Your safety and that of others on the road may well depend on an honest assessment of the comfort level in your driving vision at night. The good news is that cataracts can be permanently cured by a very safe surgical procedure. In the hands of a good surgeon using modern techniques, the chances of restoration of good to excellent vision are extremely high.
The Art of Cataract Surgery
By Samir I Sayegh, MD, PhD
In addition to the technical sophistication of the cataract procedure, I have found through the years that this evolving art can be further refined. Such refinement is essentially based on a close collaboration between surgeon and patient. I personally try to spend a significant amount of time with each one of my patients and understand their initial frustrations and their expectations. We work together on their vision requirement and what they would prefer the surgery to offer.
Some patients like the outdoor and choose to achieve the best distance vision possible without glasses for both eyes. Some like to have the best of both the golfing and the reading worlds and opt for monovision.
In addition to this joint preoperative planning, I personally perform all the necessary critical measurements myself, instead of deferring to technicians in my office. These measurements are done meticulously. As the old surgical saying goes: Measure twice, cut once. Finally and following surgery I like my patients to have immediate and direct access to me if they have any question or concern. So all my patients get my cell phone number and are encouraged to call. Most never do, but they tell me that they feel truly reassured knowing that they can do so. Often, if I feel they may be too shy to call, I call them myself to make sure they are well.
Common symptoms of cataracts are:
- blurring vision
- sensitivity to light or glare
- double vision in one eye
- poor night vision
- needing brighter light to read
- experiencing fading or yellowing of colors
Good vision after cataract surgery is our main goal at the Eye Center. Your doctor will recommend the best lens options or procedures for your personal lifestyle.