Answering Your Cataract Questions
At Kugler Vision in Omaha, Nebraska, we hear from many patients considering cataract surgery. Below are a few of their most frequently asked cataract questions. We try our best to answer your questions and ensure that you feel comfortable and confident with us. You deserve your best possible vision, and our customized solutions will meet your visual needs.
Cataracts can affect your vision in two ways. They can develop from either protein clumping or lens discoloration. The lenses are made mostly of protein, and sometimes this protein clumps up, forming cloudy areas. Protein clumping results in your vision becoming duller or blurrier. Lens discoloration gradually changes your vision, giving it a yellow or brown tint. To determine that cataracts are in fact the cause of your vision problems, please visit us so we can diagnose the problem and provide you with a recommendation for your best visual solution.
Cataract surgery is a very safe procedure. Complications after cataract surgery are uncommon and most can be successfully treated. However, the risk of complications grows if you have another eye disease or a serious medical condition. Some of these may include inflammation, infection, swelling, or retinal detachment. Your surgeon will discuss these with you prior to your cataract surgery.
It is possible to resume the majority of your normal activities the day after surgery. We recommend avoiding some activities such as swimming or contact sports for a few weeks. Your surgeon and patient counselor will provide you with detailed instructions for your smoothest and fastest possible recovery period.
Cataract surgery is the only solution for cataracts. The only risk factor of delaying surgery is the problem of your inability to see. As your vision continues to deteriorate, this can become a large safety concern and hinder everyday activities like driving. Early cataracts may be managed with stronger glasses or contact lenses, strong lighting, or using a magnifying glass to read. These temporary solutions can aid you while you’re carefully considering options and discussing them with your ophthalmologist.
Cataracts slowly develop over time and are painless. They often go unnoticed until a doctor discovers them during your annual eye exam. As your cataracts worsen, you will notice an increase in your symptoms. Symptoms include blurry vision, dimmed color vision with a yellow tint, sensitivity to light, halos when looking at lights, sensitivity to bright lights and glare, changes in vision that can’t be corrected with glasses or contact lenses, and poor night vision.
In cataract surgery, your surgeon will remove your clouded natural lens and replace it with a clear lens implant (intraocular lens). This clear artificial lens is positioned where your natural lens had been and remains a permanent part of your eye.
At Kugler Vision, our goal is to reduce your need for visual aides in as many situations as possible. There may be some specific visual needs that would benefit from a light pair of glasses or readers but depending on the recommended intraocular lens (IOL), they are typically not required.
With modern cataract technology, you have a wide arrange of IOL technology choices, which can often seem overwhelming. Lance Kugler, MD, is an expert in advanced IOL technology and will recommend the lens technology that is best suited for your specific lifestyle, eyes, and visual needs.